I listened to the results of a recent poll of those claiming affiliation with the Republican and Democrat parties. I was shocked and saddened that a majority of those claiming to be Democrats thought that, as Americans, our best days were behind us. WOW. What a punch in the belly of all those before us who risked everything to come to “the golden shores” heralded by those inspiring words inscribed on the base of our Statue of Liberty.
Quoting the most famous part, it says:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
In the ‘third quarter’ of 2013, I have doubts that anybody under 40 knows (or even cares about) what those words mean. This saddens me because it would appear that those now living in America have no clue about what it cost their ancestors to make our nation what it was the day before today. What is even more sad is that many of them don’t even give a crap that they are so ignorant. ‘Today’ is all that matters to them.
I am not blindly applauding any president of either/any party. ALL have fallen short in so many ways by letting their egos or political agendas get in the way of their moral convictions (assuming they had any.) Many, most – or all – have been game players. In the political arena, the participants must always ‘play games’ for various reasons. The ‘good guys’ play games for the good of those they are elected to represent. The rest – the political prostitutes (the ‘bad guys’) play games solely for personal gain. It appears that the whores now outnumber the rest of us.
Barack Obama broke the racial barrier by becoming the first ‘person of color’ to be elected to the chief chair in the Oval Office. I am glad that barrier has finally been broken; but, after five years, I just wish it had been an accomplishment by someone who truly loved America and wanted to inspire all of us to keep fighting for the ‘American Dream’ in which Dr. Martin Luther King believed (and for which he died.)
The sad reality is that our President offers no real “rah, rah” speeches about ‘our best days still being ahead of us,’ (or ‘we are AMERICANS and we WILL continue to be the beacon for the rest of the world.’) Without the pep talks from our national ‘coach,’ we as a nation have absolutely NO direction. And for that, I place 100% of the blame on the shoulders of our clueless “leader” – Barack Hussein Obama.
We, as a supposedly ‘liberated’ society, have minced no words in letting God know that He is no longer welcome in the country He blessed into existence. Please don’t give me the argument that we stole this land from the Indians. I know we did a bunch of stuff wrong and have blood on our hands in the founding of the United States. But most in the political arena do not want to “offend” anybody by actually bringing GOD into the political equation.
You may spiritually agree with me or totally disagree with me. Because I think HYPOCRISY rules in all of our spiritual and political realities, whether or not you agree with me, in my mind, matters very little. The simple truth is that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the ‘glory of God,’ – so can we all simply agree that we are all HYPOCRITES in the eyes of our Creator?
The basic truth is that we have strayed so far from our founding documents (The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and our Constitution) – documents that are so profound that they could only have been inspired by God – that I sure cannot blame our Creator for abandoning us. The truth is that WE, as a nation, abandoned HIM decades ago.
Going back to the Statue of Liberty–in the minds of many, including me, there are some big questions. Those who came to our shores in past generations wanted to become AMERICANS and a part of our wonderful experiment in self-government. America was a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
Fast forward to the present, and we see that many (maybe most) ‘foreigners’ in our country are ILLEGAL and have no allegiance to the United States. Seems like a big problem to me – especially when these folks who did not come through the FRONT DOOR by applying for citizenship now want special treatment. That simply does not fly with me. Why on earth would any sane American agree to pay for (with their tax dollars) a non-citizen’s food, rent, medical bills, or education?
Those who contribute nothing to our system, the ‘gimmies’, would appear to have the upper hand and all of the benefits, while the rest of us – the American slobs who are still dumb enough to believe in our system of government and pay all of the bills, in the eyes of those who contribute nothing – are the bigots. Sorry folks, but our national apathy just makes no sense to me.
I still want to believe that our best days are still ahead of us; but, without an occasional pep talk from the head coach, it gets harder each day to keep the faith.
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