Originally published June 6, 2010
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
It must have been with a heavy heart that President Lincoln left this warning to posterity. He knew this nation would survive the civil war through the shear force of his unbending will, and the blood of patriots. Thanks to oceans on both sides, he knew we would never suffer humiliating invasion by a foreign power. Only weakness and corruption of our own people can change the destiny of this great nation.
Before the Civil War the united states were a plurality. We were a collection of states loosely joined together for a common cause. This concept led some to think that any state should have the right to withdraw from the Union. Abraham Lincoln saw otherwise. He perceived this country not as a splintered group of colonies but as one nation leading the world into a brighter tomorrow. Thanks to his vision, the end of the Civil War was the end of plurality. From that day on the United States would be spoken of in the singular as one nation under God.
Today, in the twenty-first century, Lincoln's words echo down through the pages of history as we stand on the precipice, seeing the potential for the self destruction he warned us of. Now the most powerful man in the world has plans to totally transform America. How could this have happened? The best answer I have is the statement that "All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing to oppose it" and we have not. Americans have been so comfortable for so long that apathy, weakness, and corruption, has become rampant.
Above I used the terms "weakness" and "corruption." Well, corruption is corruption is corruption but weakness is a many faceted quality and oddly enough it is often born of strength and goodness. Both of which have long been identified as American qualities..
The "Battle Hymn Of The Republic," written during the Civil War probably best describes the quiet resolve of the American spirit. Julia Ward Howe composed the "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" in 1861. She said that one night, all of the words came to her all at once and lest she forget them the lady got our of bed and wrote by candle light. The words may or may not have been inspired by God, but they most certainly did inspire the men of the union army as nothing else possibly could have. With the haunting melody of this tune on their lips they marched into oblivion before the gaping barrel of cannon fire, but they did not falter.
Our country has had many beautiful patriotic songs but none better describes American courage that this Battle Hymn. In the last century it was sung at the funerals of Robert Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon. That heart rending tune also eased the passage of a foreign statesman by name of Winston Churchill into the hereafter. What greater honor could this man bestow upon America than by having our finest song echoing across the English country side as he was laid to rest.
This giant among men must have turned in his grave when Barrack Hussein Obama sent his bronze bust to the English. Our president did not want it in the White House! There was no room for Churchill, but they did find room for a Mao ornament on their Christmas tree. This man, unfit to shine Churchill's boots, offended our greatest ally. I pray they do not begin to judge America by his actions and that they protect the Churchill bust. Patriots want it back!
The song that Churchill loved so much is a long and soul stirring piece of music, but the most beautiful verse goes like this;
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me
As he died to make men holy let us die to make men free
As God goes marching on.
And die they did. Thousands upon thousands of men marched into the unyielding horror of battle and gave their lives for a cause. In doing so they kept the union intact and loosed the shackles that kept other men, women and children in bondage. The Revolutionary War had given us freedom. The Civil War defined what it meant to be an American and gave us a new direction.
That one line "Let us die to make men free" has been taken to heart by the citizens of this country. It did not end with the Civil War. The men and women of our armed forces have bravely sacrificed themselves on many foreign shores, freeing the oppressed of the world. If we are not helping free other people then we are providing financial aid to those less fortunate than us. Now that is American and nothing we should apologize for.
The people of the United States are the most caring and the most giving of all the peoples of the world, due to our fundamental belief in freedom. That adherence to the rights of all men has allowed Americans to prosper beyond the wildest dreams of the other nations of the world. Herein lies the problem! We have done so much, for so many, for so long, that Americans, one generation after another, are raised and taught that it is our DUTY to provide for others. It most certainly is not! I love America, and I love it even more when we are helping the downtrodden, but give us the choice. I resent being the sacrificial lamb in Obama's self destructive race toward socialism.
We did not lose that awful was in Viet Nam. We abandoned it and in doing so left the American spirit floundering in the rice paddies of a foreign land. It was years before we stood proud again and for that we can thank president Ronald Reagan. Once again it became fashionable to take pride in America. A new song soared on the charts, "God Bless The USA" celebrating the pride that a great President restored. Obama's action may inspire a song as yet unwritten called "I'm Sorry And Ashamed."
On 911 we were viciously attacked and again thousands of Americans died. So many Americans had laid down their lives freeing Europe from the Nazis but when, in the War on Terror, we needed help from the countries we had saved, little was offered. We couldn't even get permission to fly through the air space of some nations. That is why I'm proud to be an American!.Thank God I am not like them!
Now, sadly, we have elected a a national leader who travels not-stop, makes speeches non-stop, bows to foreign dignitaries and apologizes to nations we have saved from oppression. No apology is due! He wants us to be more like the Europeans. We don't want to be like them. Had we not behaved like Americans in 1944 there would be no Europeans. They would be no more than hungry masses under the heavy boot of a Nazi regime.
Confusion, Complete, total, utter confusion! How could any American president betray us like that? Obama is trying to destroy American dignity! He well fail! This country has elected a dangerous man! Our elected leader may be ashamed to be an American but I am not! Call me "Astro turf" It doesn't bother me a bit. Add "Right wing fanatic" to the mix! I'll laugh at the insult! We certainly don't want to forget "Teabagger!" Let all the liberal and progressive know that this teabagger is still singing "Proud To Be An American."
I look back on Abraham Lincoln with an ever growing awe and admiration and shall heed the warning he left us. I am ashamed of the man who sits in the oval office working on his plan to totally transform this country. He said that he would do this and he certainly is trying. At least, for the moment, we still have the freedom of speech and I will exercise that freedom. I will talk to any who will listen and write to any who would read and ask them to join us as we take back our country. After all, it is OUR country...Not his...We simply gave him temporary employment.
Write a blog! Sign petitions! Attend city hall meetings...If your elected officials have the courage to face you. March on Washington if you can. For far too long we have been meek and Politically Correct. Political correctness is an infringement on our freedom of speech! We must.now do to political correctness what Obama is trying to do to our country. Crush it under foot! Put an end to it! Stand up as Americans and speak your mind. Do not let this man live his dream of power while he destroys the greatest nation this world has ever seen. He must be stopped!
Our forefathers built this nation with pride. Many died in numerous wars to make the world a better place. That man in the White House dishonors them and spits on the sacrifices they made every time he apologizes for American behavior. He is unworthy to even talk about such noble men and women.
Surely this generation can unite in an effort to oppose the evil that now festers in Washington. Lincoln warned us. We must heed that warning and oppose Obama! If we do not then he will surely trample our flag, destroy our constitution, terminate our freedoms and bring slavery back to America
And the greatest irony of all.....He likes comparing himself to Abraham Lincoln.