America Moves Forward Together, The Brightest Beacon

Another Fourth of July has passed into history as America moves forward. Americans celebrated the birth of our nation and many thank God for the freedoms we have. Old Glory flapped in the breeze from homes across this great nation.

We are a diverse people with over 300 languages spoken across this great land. Nowhere else on earth has such a society been seen, much less exist. As President Ronald Reagan so aptly described America, we are, “a shining city on a hill where all things are possible.”

One may ask, “What are the possibilities?” The answer is too wide and deep to describe. Where else in the world can you come to a country broke and out of hope only to become a doctor, lawyer, police officer or whatever is your God-given talent? No one ever said it would be easy but working hard has its rewards in a society that bases success in life on the determination to achieve it.

America Moves Forward

America moves forward, 4th july light painting.
4th july light painting. Photo: Jill Wellington, Michigan.

Exceptional People

There will always be those exceptional people that rise to the highest spectrum. It doesn’t mean they are superior in nature, it means they have dedicated at least a large portion of their life to obtaining the desired goal. There won’t be one of these people that will tell you it was easy. For many, it was harder than others. But the result can always be similar.

Exceptional people in all walks of life are all around us. They took advantage of the opportunities presented by an exceptional nation. A nation that is proud, and rightly so. President Reagan, as well as President Trump have urged people and tapped into their love of country. It is an affection that should override any political adversity.

There will always be the opposing viewpoint of our society. It has been that way since time immemorial. Those individuals profess the flag is out-of-date and one should obsess on his or her neighbor’s higher degree of success. Some view patriotism as a political stunt and reverence for our flag a symptom of unsophistication.

Some will outright condemn millions of Americans as unworthy of the rewards of success. The labels come forth and the spewing of hatred becomes rampant. We must reject these people as a combined force of good in this country.

Yes, America is a divided land in these times. It is not the first time in our history and will not be the last. Some feel we need “fundamental change.” They feel that government is the answer to our daily problems and the individual is a thing of the past. Unfortunately, many of those people are driven by external destructive forces with destructive agendas. Most of them do not realize they are being used for evil against our country.

There are a multitude of issues that need to be fixed as America moves forward. Has there ever been a country in the history of the world that had a clean slate? Americans need to have their faith restored. United we stand, divided we fall. There is no backup plan by those who profess we need to deconstruct over 240 years of freedom. Our founders put in place the apparatus for this nation to flourish.

Respect Individual Rights and Liberties

We must respect the rights and liberties of the individual. We must observe the rule of law. They are essential to our success as a people. The people elected to run the country are mere mortals, but overall, they respond to the will of the nation and must put things in perspective when they go astray.

Americans have always been a generous and fair-minded people. Our country must be strong both militarily and economically. We must guarantee our freedom at any cost. That includes the right of individualism and entrepreneurship so that America moves forward.

The winds of optimism are alive and well for every American in this country. How everyone utilizes that opportunity is up to them. But we must always be on guard to shoulder that responsibility and show the world what can be achieved by a free and thriving people.

The fact that America moves forward constantly is the reason others want to come here, leaving their country of birth to do so. The opportunities are abundant.

We cannot escape our destiny. We are a people of superior actions and a kindness the world has never known. This nation and its people are truly blessed. We have our differences, but in the end, we are all Americans.

America moves forward but peace and stability are fragile and the people must remain alert.

america, land of the free.
America. Photo: Rosy Smith
Dwight L. Schwab Jr.
Dwight L. Schwab Jr. is a moderate conservative who looks at all sides of a story, then speaks his mind. He has written more than 3500 national political and foreign affairs columns. His BS in journalism from the University of Oregon, with minors in political science and American history stands him in good stead for his writing.


Dwight has 30-years in the publishing industry, including ABC/Cap Cities and International Thomson. His first book, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selective Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014," was published in July, 2014. "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Presidential Election in History," was published in April 2017.


Dwight is a native of Portland, Oregon, and now a resident of the San Francisco Bay Area.