July 4, 2020 Celebration of the Republic Can We Keep It?
This article is dedicated to those Americans we call the Founding Fathers who created the framework for the first free Republic to actually survive as a nation in modern times. They wrote a new kind of Constitution that is now the oldest in existence and which has resulted in the greatest nation in history.
Consider, for example, that the United States represents approximately 5% of the world’s population but has created more wealth than all the rest of the world combined. During the past 200-plus years the United States has surpassed the rest of the world in extending the benefits of inventions and discoveries to the vast majority of its people in such fields as medicine, housing, education, energy, transportation, space, aircraft and agriculture. Americans have been responsible for more discoveries and inventions in science and elsewhere than any other nation on the planet.
Our young men and women have fought and died in wars throughout the world in defense of freedom, asking nothing for their efforts. The United States is always the first nation to provide relief and aid to other nations, sometimes even our enemies that suffer natural calamities. We have given more dollars and manpower in aid and relief than most of the world’s nations combined.
Yet, in spite of all that, we are the target of the hate and envy of the rest of the world. More worrisome, is that many of our own citizens are taught to despise this country as racist, sexist, colonialist and exploitative and appear to be dedicated to destroying it, while others are indifferent and apathetic and could care less about our rapidly deteriorating condition.
Earlier generations of Americans have made mistakes. No one denies that. However, we are humans, not angels, and humans are flawed. In the past we have been able to make appropriate course corrections and survive. However nothing is comparable to the current attack on the fundamental underpinnings of our Republic.
Today, there are organized elements among our citizens who are purposefully out to destroy the republic. Why? We can speculate that this is due to ignorance of our history, ignorance of our fundamental rule of law and ignorance of the basic governing principles of our constitutional republic. On top of that are mistaken beliefs that Americans are inherently racist and, although it has lifted millions out of poverty all over the world, that capitalism is inherently unfair! As Thomas Jefferson said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it expects what never was and never will be.”
Today we have organizations, such as Black Lives Matter, although professing leftist Marxist ideology, are more popular among average Americans than the President of the US; more popular than Joe Biden, more popular than any major religion, the media, the Congress, Big Business, either political party, even the Pope. What is more discouraging is that we have political leaders, including law enforcement, caving to the BLM, reluctant, or afraid, to stand up for the rule of law and carry out their duties. The cowardice and compliance of our leaders confirms to these Marxist organizations that violence and brutality pay!
Now, these organizations are generally untouchable and a person can be punished or even fired for merely criticizing BLM. Yet what they stand for is wholly un-American! BLM wants to eliminate law enforcement, repeal all immigration laws, legalize sex workers, reallocate national farmland, and race-based reparations in the form of guaranteed annual income for all Blacks regardless of their origin. They openly plan to use violence to achieve their goals because apparently it works! They will use any pretext for violence because it intimidates cowardly local leadership and promotes their hatred of America and ultimately their hatred of civilized order itself. This is an assault by the forces of barbarism on a supine and fearful establishment that pretends to represent the authority of civilization.
This is not complicated. Ideologues will say that the problem is race relations, or capitalism, or police brutality, or global warming. But the real cause is far darker. It is the lust for power generated by a generation taught to despise their country as racist, sexist, colonialist, and exploitative and enriched by a meek and cowardly society that tolerates the violence and destruction of our cities.
Brave leaders can prevent these organizations from destroying our Republic and erasing our history. Recent events should be a serious warning that we have lost our way as a nation. Unless the people of this country take seriously the extreme danger lurking in senseless rioting, looting, and destruction of our history, we could end up in the graveyard of fallen nations. It is not too late to reverse this trend but we must start now!
On this July 4th holiday, take pride in the fact that America is still a bastion of freedom in the world but acknowledge that at this time in our history, our free society is particularly vulnerable. We have a responsibility and duty to find and support leaders that have the courage to stand up while there is still time.