There were three sucker punches the United States of America suffered – within her borders – in history. August 24, 1814, when the British burned the White House during the War of 1812. The attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on December 7, 1941. And within the lifetime of most Americans now living, New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the thwarted attack, probably destined for the White House, on September 11, 2001.
America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. Abraham Lincoln
Out of World War II, one-time enemies became friends and Allies. From the early Nineteenth Century, the world entered the Modern Era, mostly due to the inventiveness and creativity of people coming to these United States. From turbines and cotton gins, to aircraft and space exploration, ideas germinated here or were improved on and flourished, the gift of immigrants who were united in pride for this nation.
Blood has been shed defending a free people. Ideas that flourished here have gone out into the rest of the world. From medicine to Microsoft, a melting -pot in America fostered new ideas and directions in the world. Freedoms that had not been prevalent to societies in the Old World worked here.
But in the late 1940s and continuing through today, three forces have gathered in opposition to Americanism. Socialism, atheism, and equivocation. A failed idea of mid-19th century European intellectuals that the Industrial Revolution created oppression was embraced first by Russia, China, and imposed or embraced by nations in Europe, Asia, and some Latin American states. It resulted in a mediocre existence, little pride in workmanship, and ironically, a small elite oppressing a majority. It continues today due to control of information, education, and government services by an elite over a majority. Atheism, fostered by the same socialist elites, highlights the weaknesses of mankind as being the result of and not a remedy through the Christian faith. All the other religious orders are unopposed, generally, by the elites – for whom, power is religion- to confound and isolate people into manageable groups.
And from dictionary. com,
equivocation: “the use of ambiguous language to conceal the truth or to avoid committing oneself; prevarication.”
Leaders formerly stood upon principles, Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln; Martin Luther King, Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela. Today, masses follow sound bites, imagery, and shed blood based on half-truths, lies and backroom deals. And in the U.S., most politicians have only one purpose – to gain and remain in power.
On this 16th anniversary of the murder of 3,000 people, at the hands of fanatics -propelled by a religion where the very mention of their prophet’s name can instigate murder – I pray for everyone here to embrace unity, discourse, freedom, and respect for law and for the Constitution.
A house divided cannot stand.