Our Nation Has Never Been in such a DIRE Situation for our Very Survival as a Free Country.
The voices of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, FDR, JFK, Martin Luther King Jr., Patton, and McArthur have long been silenced. Today, they are nothing more than whispers of a glorious past when we had leadership that was undeniably blessed with strength, honor, and courage.
President Ronald Reagan once said; Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.
Therein lies the problem that our nation is now facing. Veteran newscaster Tom Brokaw once wrote a book entitled; The Greatest Generation, which became a bestseller and for a good reason. A couple of quotes from his book;
- ” They married in record numbers and gave birth to another distinctive generation, the Baby Boomers. They stayed true to their values of personal responsibility, duty, honor, and faith.”
- “Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed, to a new generation of Americans, born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace.” —From John F. Kennedy’s inaugural speech, January 1961.”
Visit with any 50, 60, 70-year-old citizen, and talk to them about the direction our nation is proceeding in at a very rapid rate, and most will simply shake their heads and moan.
Baby Boomers were raised by fiercely patriotic citizens who had sacrificed immensely for our nation.
During WWII, rubber was rationed, sugar was rationed, silk for women’s stockings was rationed, as was gasoline, and many other commodities. These items were needed for the war effort, and America as a whole chipped in to fight tyranny abroad.
While our young men beginning at the 16 and 17 (with their parent’s approval) joined military service, they did so alongside men in their 30’s and some even older. Our nation rallied to fight Hitler, and the Japanese who had so viciously attacked us at Pearl Harbor.
Tommy Dorsey (the prominent band leader), Frank Sinatra, John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, and many others sold war bonds to help fund the war effort.
Keep in mind that these were the same people who had just lived through one of the harshest economic times in our nation’s history. The Great Depression had banks shuddering their doors, hundreds of thousands of our citizens loading up old trucks and traversing dusty roads seeking a better life in California where they could at least grow their own food to survive.
With millions of our young men joining the military, this left our nation’s women to build the bombers, tanks, and jeeps that would be needed for the war effort. And they did! Our ladies joined the effort in Detroit, and Dearborn, Michigan, and turned out thousands of B-17’s, and B-29s. Rosie the Riveter quickly became a household term for our nation’s women who made such a difference in our country surviving in these harshest of times.
Rosie not only built airplanes, she built Jeeps, tanks, raised the younger children, and lived without many of the commodities that made her life a little easier.
Between the dangers of lying in a foxhole, freezing in Germany, suffering the intense heat of the South Pacific, and the immense sacrifices being made by Rosie, these new parents would try to make life a little easier for their children. Millions of young men came home, used their GI-Bill to purchase a home, go to school, purchase that first television, and raise millions upon millions of our Boomers in beautiful neighborhoods freshly constructed after the war.
President Eisenhower constructed our nation’s interstate highway system, and our Veterans and Rosie hit the road in their new 57 Chevy’s (which cost a little over $2,000) and their new families. Yes, life was becoming easier and easier. Then came Woodstock! Crosby-Stills-Nash-and Young, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, and many more began singing about the injustices of the Vietnam War and thus began the revolution against our nation.
There was a time in our nation when school classes began with a Pledge of Allegiance to our Flag standing proudly in the corner of every classroom.
There was a time when our schools, government buildings, and the nation as a whole were so very proud to display the rules of society known as the Ten Commandments. Not any longer. Our beloved Boomers decided that these things did not need to happen for society to grow and prosper. Court case after court case ultimately got everything that we held dear as a nation removed from their children’s view.
Today, we have come to the point where history is being perverted. Christopher Columbus is being taught as someone who sought to destroy entire civilizations of natives to the land that he discovered. Our nation’s heritage and history are currently being wholesale slaughtered under the guises of social justice.
We have officially reached the point where our youth in our nation no longer have respect for the prices paid for their freedom to protest.
They flaunt venom toward our law enforcement officers, and they curse and burn our very symbol of liberty. And the frightening part is, they now have elected officials agreeing with their cynicism toward our nation. Senator’s like Bernie Sanders and Chuck Schumer openly espouse socialism. Political parties now sell their collectivism as “progressivism” instead of the real mission, which is to implement socialism at all levels in our nation. Our youth want big government, high taxes, and equality for all; even if you don’t want to work for success, they feel the government should give you that success.
A Catholic Priest by the name of MSGR Charles Pope wrote this back in 2016, and I genuinely believe everyone should read it from his blog.
- From bondage to spiritual growth – Great civilizations are formed in the crucible. The Ancient Jews were in bondage for 400 years in Egypt. The Christian faith and the Church came out of 300 years of persecution. Western Christendom emerged from the chaotic conflicts during the decline of the Roman Empire and the movements of often fierce “barbarian” tribes. American culture was formed by the injustices that grew in colonial times. Sufferings and injustices cause—even force—spiritual growth. Suffering brings wisdom and demands a spiritual discipline that seeks justice and solutions.
- From spiritual growth to great courage – Having been steeled in the crucible of suffering, courage, and the ability to endure great sacrifice come forth. Anointed leaders emerge, and people are summoned to courage and sacrifice (including loss of life) in order to create a better, more just world for succeeding generations. People who have little or nothing, also have little or nothing to lose and are often more willing to live for something more important than themselves and their own pleasure. A battle is begun, a battle requiring courage, discipline, and other virtues.
- From courage to liberty – As a result of the courageous fight, the foe is vanquished, and liberty and greater justice emerge. At this point, a civilization comes forth, rooted in its greatest ideals. Many who led the battle are still alive, and the legacy of those who are not is still fresh. Heroism and the virtues that brought about liberty are still esteemed. The ideals that were struggled for during the years in the crucible are still largely agreed upon.
- From liberty to abundance – Liberty ushers in greater prosperity, because a civilization is still functioning with the virtues of sacrifice and hard work. But then comes the first danger: abundance. Things that are in too great an abundance tend to weigh us down and take on a life of their own. At the same time, the struggles that engender wisdom and steel the soul to proper discipline and priorities move to the background. Jesus said that man’s life does not consist in his possessions. But just try to tell that to people in a culture that starts to experience abundance. Such a culture is living on the fumes of earlier sacrifices; its people become less and less willing to make such sacrifices. Ideals diminish in importance, and abundance weighs down the souls of the citizens. The sacrifices, discipline, and virtues responsible for the thriving of the civilization are increasingly remote from the collective conscience; the enjoyment of their fruits becomes the focus.
- From abundance to complacency – To be complacent means to be self-satisfied and increasingly unaware of serious trends that undermine health and the ability to thrive. Everything looks fine, so it must be fine. Yet foundations, resources, infrastructures, and necessary virtues are all crumbling. As virtues, disciplines, and ideals become ever more remote, those who raise alarms are labeled by the complacent as “killjoys” and considered extreme, harsh, or judgmental.
- From complacency to apathy – The word apathy comes from the Greek and refers to a lack of interest in, or passion for, the things that once animated and inspired. Due to the complacency of the previous stage, the growing lack of attention to disturbing trends advances to outright dismissal. Many seldom think or care about the sacrifices of previous generations and lose a sense that they must work for and contribute to the common good. “Civilization” suffers the serious blow of being replaced by personalization and privatization in growing degrees. Working and sacrificing for others becomes more remote. Growing numbers becoming increasingly willing to live on the carcass of previous sacrifices. They park on someone else’s dime, but will not fill the parking meter themselves. Hard work and self-discipline continue to erode.
- From apathy to dependence – Increasing numbers of people lack the virtues and zeal necessary to work and contribute. The suffering and the sacrifices that built the culture are now a distant memory. As discipline and work increasingly seem “too hard,” dependence grows. The collective culture now tips in the direction of dependence. The suffering of any sort seems intolerable. But virtue is not seen as the solution. Having lived on the sacrifices of others for years, civilization now insists that “others” must solve their woes. These ushers in growing demands for governmental, collective solutions. This, in turn, deepens dependence, as solutions move from personal virtue and local, family-based sacrifices to centralized ones.
- From dependence back to bondage – As dependence increases, so does centralized power. Dependent people tend to become increasingly dysfunctional and desperate. Seeking a savior, they look to strong central leadership. But centralized power corrupts, and tends to usher in increasing intrusion by centralized power. Injustice and intrusion multiplies. But those in bondage know of no other solutions. Family and personal virtue (essential ingredients for any civilization) are now effectively replaced by an increasingly dark and despotic centralized control, hungry for more and more power. In this way, the civilization is gradually ended, because people in bondage no longer have the virtues necessary to fight.
Another possibility is that a more powerful nation or group is able to enter, by invasion or replacement, and destroy the final vestiges of a decadent civilization and replace it with their own culture.
Either way, it’s back to the crucible, until suffering and conflict bring about enough of the wisdom, virtue, and courage necessary to begin a new civilization that will rise from the ashes.
America; Never in our history have we been more under threat of losing our Constitution, heritage, and very liberty as we are now. We have two generations of Americans who very obviously do not love this country, and want to see her go the way of the bulk of Europe or worse.
President Reagan’s very prophetic quote is truer now than it has ever been.
We have a President who recognizes these threats, and we have many on Capitol Hill who also are reading the tea leaves. President Trump is trying to warn America, but he cannot do it alone.
Where are our leaders who are willing to take a stand and tell our nation the truth about what is happening?
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By Ken Crow