Have you ever thought that this or that could be a great idea if only it were given the opportunity? Later, your idea was tried, but it nearly brought disaster. You end up pondering, “How could this be? I thought it surely would yield the best outcome. What went wrong?“
That’s where I am at today as I listen to the continuous drumbeat of bad news. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not giving up hope. Our founding documents, combined with the true grit of Americans throughout our country’s short history, lead me to believe that our Constitutional Republic will survive.
I heard a commentator say that great empires and governments throughout history have a shelf life of about 250 years. The United States of America will be 250 years old in 2026- a short four years from now. That’s what got me thinking about the state of the nation.
You see, I thought it would be good if Americans were presented with two polar opposite choices. Surely the person who knew and loved the country, Constitution, and conservative values (meaning conserving the founding documents, patriotism, and loyalty to the nation that we were given) would come to the forefront. I was wrong.
Who could anticipate that Americans would sharply divide into factions, placing loyalty to those factions above the country? I didn’t foresee a lack of civics education that causes children to be ignorant of their country’s foundational principles. I thought our American heritage would invariably be passed on from generation to generation as it had been. Who would ever believe that our history would be re-vamped to cast deep shadows on our American legacy of faith, family, and freedom?
It’s good to have a variety of ideas put forward by prospective leaders. However, I never thought Americans would support future leaders who wanted a whole new country based on failed ideologies of the past. I was wrong. But, if I like our American heritage so much, now is the time to be patriotic, not surrender. Now is the moment to stand up and be counted, not sit down and commiserate.
Remember: freedom is in our DNA. We have that much in common. It’s time to get the energy of the country flowing toward liberty.
This is Common Sense Civics and Citizenship.🇺🇸