Posts Tagged ‘patriotism’

“UnAmerican Activities”

Americans are more divisive, more destructive, more cynical, and less trusting than at any time I can remember.

In a time of turmoil voices raise, anger festers, tempers flair, fingers point, and accusations abound. Blame is the easiest way to deflect responsibility, but there is a lot of blame to go around for the problems we face.

The American people are facing more unrest, in more areas, than ever in my lifetime.

There are so many positives to being “American.” Freedoms and protections have been lavished on the people, at great sacrifice, by our forefathers; men of incredible foresight.

We breathe rarified air, dream remarkable dreams, accomplish unbelievable things, and in the past shared our wealth, knowledge, freedoms, and experiences with the rest of the world; with those less fortunate than us.

Democracy, capitalism, freedom, fairness, integrity, and opportunity were always synonymous with living in America; with being American. The Constitution provided for the welfare ‘of the people,’ destiny was overseen ‘by the people,’ and outcomes would ultimately be ‘for the people.’ An incredible working model, but, the intentions of the Constitution have eroded over the last 233 years, and that erosion has accelerated over the last 30 years.

The ‘people’ have lost control.

We’ve lost control in all areas of our lives: politics, finances, religion, media, and family. The new series “UnAmerican Activities” will address financial, political, social, industrial, global, intellectual, and yes, religious issues.

As an independent, a free thinker with common-sense, I have witnessed the destruction and chaos that has been unleashed by the zealots who have taken over this country. It’s disturbing. Stuck between the weakness of the left and the vitriolic right, definitely misrepresented, if not unrepresented, despair and anger bubble below the surface.

With little voice in the discourse, writing has become therapy that, for a time, prevents me from striking all of them down: politicians; bankers; religious ideologues; charlatans and CEO’s, with the jawbone of an ass.

So what can one voice do? Read the rest of this entry »

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“Not This 4th of July!”

Independence Day was yesterday. It is a day of barbecues and fireworks, of friends and celebration. It is truly a day to be thankful for what we have in this great country; for our freedoms. It is a day to show patriotism.

But, this year, I found no reason to celebrate, no stirring for the red, white and blue, no compelling reason to party.

My patriotism is at an all-time low and it may be some time before it returns, if ever.

This country was founded on principles of freedom. It’s greatness has survived for over two hundred years because of a spirit imbued in the words of our founders; a spirit of birth, of hope, of compassion and promise. This country was great because of its sacrifice, its caring and humility.

But, as I contemplated the state of this country yesterday, I saw no reason to celebrate. That original spirit has been lost. Replaced by something less desirable. Less worthy.

My patriotism has not waned regarding our troops and their families. As a disabled veteran I understand what they’re being put through, their pain, their sacrifice. And those sacrifices have been great. Read the rest of this entry »

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