We’re deep in the throes of another presidential campaign and the mudslinging, name-calling and general negativity is at an all-time high. It’s easy to get sucked into the toxicity as our candidates attempt to present their platforms while defending their mutual past behaviors. On top of that, voters have their own concerns about taxes, healthcare, housing and employment just to name a few.
But if you stop, take a deep breath and look around, it only takes a moment to remember what an amazing country that we live in.
Dierks Bentley did exactly that when he co-wrote his 2012 chart-topper, “Home.” After the 2011 shootings at a constituent meeting with Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, Dierks’ home state was heavy on his heart. In a co-write with Dan Wilson and Brett Beavers, he channeled his feelings of hurt and hope into the lyrics of the song, which went on to be named the official song of Arizona’s Centennial Celebration.
It wasn’t Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day or the Fourth of July that inspired the song. It wasn’t even any of those holidays that ran it up the charts to hit the coveted No. 1 spot. It was merely Americans being proud of and intensely hopeful for their battle-scarred and wounded home.
And now the song serves as a good reminder, as our country decides on our next leader, that every day we should be proud to call America “Home.”