Thursday, July 19, 2007

Is It Too Late to Save America? And Do We Want to?

Is It Too Late to Save America?... And Do We Want to?
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Profound question, what? I’ll bet the same question has been floating around in your mind but you have been reluctant to bring it to the forefront... and gaze upon it ...and ponder.



It is a difficult thing to admit: that America is in deep trouble and may not survive. But there it is.



We have a government, which is dysfunctional, to say the least. We have a military which has been emasculated by that government, and we have a President who is more interested, it seems, in turning America into Northern Mexico that protecting America’s people from ALL enemies, domestic, and foreign. We have a Supreme Court which simply assumes powers it does not constitutionally have and takes it upon itself to make law where none existed before (even thought the constitution vests that power in the Congress alone!) as well as “find” restrictions on the American citizen, in the constitution, which are simply not there… except “IF” the Supreme Court says they are!



We have a citizenry angry over a non-responsive government. A citizenry angry that the government is showing a marked tendency to swing left into socialism.




We have a country in turmoil.





If polls can be believed: we don’t much care for our President… and we LOATHE the Congress… and we are irritated, no end, by the Supreme Court.



Americans of my generation look around us and we don’t recognize America, anymore. It is not the country we offered our lives for in it’s military services. Many actually question whether they would be willing to offer their lives, a second time, for the America of today. The answer is not encouraging.



Twice before America has found herself in this situation. Twice before it has lead to war on this continent.



Soon, the Islamofacists will explode a nuclear device in one of our large cities. (It would be naive to think otherwise.) There is a better than even chance the country, or at least a part of the country, will be placed under martial law. And THAT may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. Martial law is, for all intents and purposes, dictatorship. Citizen’s rights are suspended. You are at the mercy of the government. Will you stand for that? Will America stand for that?



Fellow Americans… we are in deep trouble.



I suppose the title of this piece might be changed to: Is America Worth Saving?



Americans have some serious soul-searching to do. And therein lies my deepest concern. I no longer believe Americans are capable of introspection. Back when America cherished individualism, introspection was valued. It was what an individual did to seek out his, or her, core belief. To establish whom, exactly, that individual was. To learn his, or her, limits… and on and on. It was an exercise in “Know Thyself”!



‘Tis a rare thing to find a person who “knows himself” today. We assume personas we think will result in our being loved and respected by a populace every bit as warped as we are.



We have recently begun a national campaign, at the end of which, we will choose our nation’s leader. And every candidate we are being offered is deeply, deeply, flawed. There is not a qualified leader among them. Yet, we will select one, from their ranks, and we will make excuses for their flaws and we will stumble on, as a nation, toward oblivion.



The idea that was America has, somehow, been lost. Can we find it again? I doubt it. Usually, fate places the brass ring within our reach only once.



It has been said, by smarter men than me, that all great nations commit suicide. I believe that. I have watched with horror, since the early 1960’s, as this nation spiraled downward into mediocrity. The pain of watching my nation, my homeland, and my people, committing suicide is indescribable. America has simply lost the will to be great. It is simply too much work.



I have come to believe that, subconsciously, we know this… and that is why we try, so hard, to re-write our history, and re-name streets, and buildings, and such. I think our ancestors, who put us to shame as Americans, and as men, embarrass us! For we know we cannot hold a candle to their likes.



When I view that crowd of "weaklings" we Americans elected to lead us, in our nations government, I tremble with horror and dread at our prospects as a nation.



Yes, I cling to the America of the 19th century. They were real Americans then. Even when the country split into two nations, both sides were the grandchildren of the men who had fought King George’s finest for their freedom and independence… and won! Even when the Northern and Southern forces fought bloody battles claiming thousands of lives on both sides, on occasion, they would cease firing to stand and cheer and applaud the bravery of the men on the other side. That’s AMERICAN!



We’ve lost something fellow Americans. We’ve lost our soul as a country. As Faust did, we have made a deal, or multiple deals, with the devil of socialism and it has eaten away our nations soul.

When we are so intellectually challenged (Weak Minded) that we buy into, quite likely, the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on mankind, Global Warming, and… when we allow a conglomeration of the largest collection of dictators, tyrants, thieves, and assorted brigands, such as the UN, to hold a Damocles Sword over our heads, and when we allow a rag-tag bunch of religious nuts, the Islamofacists, to murder us with near impunity, and tin-pot dictators, in the Middle East, to cause us to sleep in fear, then we are not men, we are certainly not American men! Our forefathers would not have allowed any of this we so willingly tolerate today.



America, we desperately need to take stock of who we are and compare that to who we were. There is very little, if any, comparison.



I realize I have asked a lot of questions and have offered no answers. Why? Because, I have no answers. Sometimes the best service one can offer is, simply, to ask the question(s). I must admit that I have been totally unprepared for an America such as we have today. I am a man out of time. I readily admit that.



I will, however, venture this: I’d like to think my beloved country could save itself. But, short of a fresh start, frankly, I don’t see how.



Are you familiar with The American’s Creed? No… not the Pledge of Allegiance… the American's CREED. Different thing. It is official. The US House of Representatives adopted it in 1918. William Tyler Page wrote it. Here is the text of “The American’s Creed”:



"I believe in the United States of America as a Government of the People, by the People, for the People; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; A democracy in a republic, a sovereign Nation of many Sovereign States; a perfect Union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of Freedom, Equality, Justice, and Humanity for which American Patriots sacrificed their Lives and Fortunes.

I therefore believe it is my duty to my country to Love it; to Support its Constitution; to obey its laws; to Respect its Flag; and to defend it against all enemies."



WOW! That’s powerful! But, notice, if you will, when it was written. 1917. Things sure have changed since.

Be honest now… had you ever even heard of The American’s Creed before today??? If not… ask yourself… why not? Is it because you were spoon fed the politically correct version of American History in school? Much of what passes for American History today is blatantly false… rewritten to suit some idea of Utopia, which does not exist, and never will. And this rewriting of whom we were… changes who we are. A great deal of the credit for America’s decline can be laid at the feet of those who have written America’s greatness out of the record.

As my life cycle winds down, now, I rest in the knowledge that My America is bound to my heartstrings with bonds of love, loyalty, and respect. For, even if we have failed… at least... we made the effort. And for a brief, shining moment, America was, well, America.



Longstreet

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10 comments:

Phil said...

On your question - Is it to late to save America. No I Don't believe it's too late, Yes we want to.

The reason I feel this way is not just for me, sure I am getting up there in age too and remember how America used to be as well but I want my relations and family members who are young to experience what life was like for me in the United States and to feel it's history will be a part of them as well. My willingness to still fight the good fight is more for them than it is for myself.

Anonymous said...

May be you must have more hope about your future. Here in Europe it is worst, as you know.
Paolo di lautreamont
http://leguerrecivili.splinder.com

Frank said...

A citizenry angry that the government is showing a marked tendency to swing left into socialism.
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see you got it wrong it is the main stream candidates on both sides that push us the way this nation is headed... NAFTA GAT American union this is all a corporate dream... There is nothing in the middle of the road except yellow lines and dead Armadillos... I don't know who said it but it is true. We need someone who will cut off the borders to free immigration and free trade! We need someone who will back the middle class, not pander to the wealthy and the poor... We need someone who knows how to support the value of American labor, who knows what it means to break your back for a buck... no more Bushes or Clintons the whitehouse is not their castle....... We need someone with and agenda of real change, to get corporate money out of elections that democracy can serve the people....

Longstreet said...

A resounding AMEN to Phil’s comments! I couldn’t agree more.

And to my friend, Paul (Paolo) I think, you too, are correct. I have the good fortune to speak, fairly often, with folks on your continent and they almost always point out how their governments have declined into a socialist system.

Even Frank is encouraging to this old conservative!

I’m not ready to toss in the towel, yet, but I have to tell you it is terribly discouraging when one has spent one’s life butting one’s head against the political wall and, now that I am in my senior years, I can look at the shape the country is in, and the nearly impotent legislature we have elected for ourselves, and I have to ask, was it worth it? Of course the answer is always YES! Think how much worse the country would be if we had not offered resistance and had not stood in the breech and blocked the efforts of those who would destroy the America we love.

Best regards to all!

Longstreet

Debbie said...

Do we want to save America and can we? The answer to both is YES. It will be difficult, because we have allowed America to head down the wrong path. If we start putting AMERICA first, not international interests, not what other countries do or want us to do, but what is best for America ... then we have a chance.

Joe B. said...

That’s a pretty bleak state of mind, I understand that things have veered of course in this country of ours and there are certainly many problems, but I can without any shred of doubt in my mind say that I live in the greatest country on God’s green earth.

II am single and thus am not yet a father, but I look into the eyes of my young niece and nephew and I can’t help but to think about the future and what type of country and world will be left behind for them in the future. Are we to just sit back and the failed socialist leaning tendencies that have crumbled the continent of Europe and caused it to be a few decades away from becoming Eurabia --- take permanent hold here in the Unites States of America?

I think not.

Tell me what other country has made so many strides in its first 200+ years of existence then the U.S.A.? If America and her way of life was not the greatest country in the world, why then would there be so many millions of people waiting to come in hear and live the American dream?

When I hear someone like Ayaan Hirsi Al, defend this great country of ours I am both saddened and emboldened in my faith in America. I am sad that it takes someone from outside the American culture to speak up and defend the American way --- but at the same time it makes me happy to know that there are still people out there who get it.

Thanks to the creeping socialism that has spread throughout our fair country since the days of the new deal, we have grown lazy and tired, not willing to pick our selves up by the boot straps and do the dirty work that needs to be done like our forefathers did. But every once in a while I see those glimmers of hope that makes me know that America and her way of life can be saved.

The way the people stood up to congress and ended the shamnesty bill has shown that if the people keep themselves accountable and continue to fight for the values of our great country anything is possible.

We need to continue to stand up and force our leaders to listen to us and protect our American culture. We need to continue to call, write and email our elected officials nonstop and demand that they actually listen to the people and hold themselves accountable to them. It’s a tough battle, but America has been in tough battles before.

For as long as we value the lives of our children and care about what type of world we leave them --- it’s a battle that we need to fight to the very end.

TexasFred said...

It's NEVER too late to save America, the real SHAME of it is, WHY are we having to save her again??

Americans have always had soft hearts when it came to taking care of others, that is one of the things that makes America what it is, but we've been pushed by the liberals and the politically correct into a mode of thinking that says we must help THEM even if it hurts US and that can't be allowed to happen...

This great nation is tearing itself apart because of the war in Iraq and the immigration crisis, we have our own government not securing our borders and then telling us that terror attacks are very likely, and who's fault is that?? All the while telling us that we have to make Iraq secure..

Is America worth saving?? Oh yes, she is, but not in her current configuration, if we can't have a president that loves America MORE than he loves giving her away to GLOBALISM, then we need a new president, if we can't have a President that will lead this nation and put her ahead of ALL others, we need a new president, and the same applies to the Congress and Senate as well...

I'll die fighting for this nation but I'll never stop believing in her or loving her but what we have in D.C. that serves as leadership today is a travesty to the American people and their hard work...

Save her?? YES, but purify her first...

Basti said...

America will be saved, however not before buckets of blood are spilled and travesty this is now America is swept away. We need/are going to have our first true 'Civil War' and its going to be anything, but civil.

Amy Proctor said...

America will survive. As with Sodom and Gomorrah, as long as there is a remnant of good god-fearing people, we will survive. Our country is unique because we exist because of the need for religious freedom and the religious foundation of our country assures its longevity UNLESS we fully reject it. I don't see that happening. No matter what stupid and criminal things are happening around us, there are many, many good people in America.

Douglas V. Gibbs said...

America is worth saving, and the fight will be fierce. However, fact that America is minimally prophecied about in the Bible regarding the end-times makes me believe that when the Great Tribulation comes upon the Earth, America will no longer be a superpower, and possible no longer be a sovereign nation. Regardless, as an American, it is my duty, and all of yours, to fight for her, to do whatever it takes to ensure that the promise of our forefathers is extended to our posterity is it was to us. God Bless.