The Discerning American
Here in the United States, although we are a fairly young country; we have a few things that we can brag about; we're entrepreneurial-minded, creative, ambitious, driven...and I, personally believe that we've always practiced discernment, by utilizing our God-given common sense.
That is...until now!
So many things that have always seemed most logical to me and to most are now seen as illogical.
Unnatural things are now presented as natural and if you dare to question, you are seen as illogical, you are chastised, you are silenced!
Things which I've always taken for granted, as being permanently interwoven into the fabric of America, have been unraveling at an alarming rate
Our Founding was miraculous and no one will ever convince me otherwise!
I've lived too long for that.
I've always tried to continue learning about this place that I call home; this amazing place so meticulously knitted together, by the Hand of God!
When Benjamin Franklin was asked, after the close of the Constitutional Convention -
"Doctor, what have we got, a Republic or a Monarchy?"
Surely, the elderly gentleman was physically and mentally drained after a grueling and extensive period of time, with heated debate and exhaustive discussion, with the give and the take and the compromising which had to take place in order to get us here.
I'm sure he just sought to recline in order to rest his weary body and his frazzled mind -
The good Doctor did take the time to respond to her with this answer...
" A Republic Madam, if you can keep it."
Can we America?
Can we keep it?
Are enough of us aware of what his response meant for us and why we really should give a damn?
I don't know if we can and it crushes me to say that?
There are many born here that just don't care.
Others, understand our history, it just doesn't interest them or matter to them.
There are many living here that have done everything the right way, in order to become legal citizens, but so many of them have never properly assimilated; they've never concerned themselves with learning about our History or of learning our language and they have no real desire to do so!
They are living their lives within our borders, but within cultural walls...nothing wrong with that, we all have our cultural differences and I, personally, believe that we are made better by that.
We are, after all, the great melting pot, no Country does it any better -
But when nothing about America is embraced and when the only desire, when it comes to becoming American, is to dismiss and resist, while claiming to be a part...therein lies, a very big, a very destructive, and unraveling, problem!
Where is Common Sense - it seems to be missing
Along with entire generations that have never assimilated, we had eight long years of a President that wasn't exactly painting a rosy Chamber of Commerce picture.
In fact, if you had been walking toward America, he may have caused you to stop and run quickly...but in the opposite direction!
He certainly didn't make the case for America!
We then turned from Barack Obama to a celebrity, a businessman, Donald Trump; one who clearly adores America, sees the greatness in America and in its people and wants to "keep this Republic" of ours, which needs rescuing!
But, because he didn't seek office to become a part, rather a solution to our D.C. fiasco, he had to go!
While he did his best to make the case for America, by working to break up our festering, out of control D.C. problem, that evil entity, doing long term damage to our foundation...
he, Donald Trump, found it difficult, to say the least!
It's a very hard row to hoe, when the powers that be, are working against you, not with you.
When the powers that be, our very own Government, is constantly conspiring against the U.S. Constitution, in an effort to gain more control over the American people!
The task went beyond tedious for an outsider; there are too many hardened areas, seemingly impenetrable
And then there's the daily, targeted acts of destruction, which seemingly have no end.
With each new day there's newly added frivolous lawsuits, ending with ridiculous settlements or payouts, because jurors act on emotion alone, failing to utilize discernment!
Business owners, forced to accept things that put them in direct conflict with their personal convictions.
All while put in the position of having to convince their neighbors and a Nation, that they are not the monsters they are portrayed to be, by a corrupted media.
Freedom of speech is being shouted down and shut down on college campuses.
One or two news stations that do not conform or fall in lockstep with all of the other news stations, get singled out and targeted as radical.
Benches, flags, portraits, crosses, statues and other memorials are removed, while multiple others are presently in the cross hairs, because they are suddenly offensive, after decades or in many cases, after centuries - Nothing is safe!
It is as if, an America-hating few are calling all of the shots, spending their entire lives looking for things to be offended by and to take offense in, going off half cocked, unchallenged and single-handedly revising or completely erasing our history, in an effort, to end this Republic
It is insanity!
How is any of this utilizing discernment?
What is gained by removing a bench, because 'God' is a part of the inscribed quote?
God was here from the very beginning!
Creator God is interwoven into the fabric of America.
What is gained by the removal of a monument honoring fallen Confederate soldiers?
Most of these young men, (many were just boys) didn't even understand why they were fighting...battles ended up in their fields and at their front doors, it became all about survival.
It happened, we can't change it, it's a part of our history!
We cannot continue to remove parts of our history, a piece here, a part there... surrendering to the argument that feelings/emotions, must be protected - for there's a great cost!
Centuries old preservation, destroyed in an instant, the blink of any eye to total and complete ignorance; common sense absent, discernment seriously lacking.
If a century old statue can be removed and relocated to a place where it will rarely be seen or worse, can a history book?
If a bench can be removed and the word "God" replaced with the words "provided by atheists", can God's Holy Word, the bible, be replaced and with what, pray tell?
Is There an End in Sight?
When will all of this madness end?
How much of our history will be hidden away, replaced, covered up, revised, before a hungering and thirsting lost soul will have it's appetite fed and its thirst quenched?
Where is our better judgement, when we allow the removal of these reminders of our History, with barely a whimper?
What becomes of those Amendments, put in place to protect "We the People", when the people no longer care to understand the reasons they exist?
All while those opposed to those protections, never let up in their effort to destroy them.
What becomes of our future; our children and grandchildren?
The discerning mind wants to know!
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© 2017 Angie B Williams
Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 23, 2017:
No Jennifer, it is not that simple.
It is a nice try, laying all that is wrong and all that has been wrong for quite some time now, at the feet of the newly-elected President.
Thank God that he was elected over Hillary Clinton...now that was definitely a case where Common Sense was utilized. I'll give the American people that!
Jennifer Snelling from Albany, GA on May 22, 2017:
To be honest, common sense died when the damage was done during the 2016 election, to elect someone who lacks thereof.
Angie B Williams (author) from Central Florida, USA on May 20, 2017:
A Statue of Robert E. Lee was removed in New Orleans yesterday....Now what?