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Ah, you have to love it when you see people all around you waving little miniature American flags on the 4th of July.  What patriotism they are show for their country, right?  It’s 100 degrees, people are gathered in the hundreds (maybe thousands), celebrating the revered holiday by grilling, visiting with those they don’t know, drinking alcohol and lighting things that go BOOM.  What a great show of loyalty, honor, respect and most of all patriotism.

I struggle with this and do not believe that a majority of Americans are patriotic.  Today I was watching a segment on the news called Watters World (Jesse Watters) in which he was interviewing people on historical events and iconic historical figures.  I could not believe what I was hearing.  Sample question: Who was fighting in the Revolutionary War in the U.S.?  Answer: “The North and the South.”

Seriously, the North and the South?  Or better yet, when one person asked which president was George Washington, they said, the second president, right after Abraham Lincoln.  Wow……!  One lady was asked who attacked the U.S. at Pearl Harbor.  China?  Really?  If you don’t know where you came from, how can you seriously know where you are going in life?  LOST is what I call it.

These are the same people who are grilling, drinking alcohol (lots of alcohol) and partying down because we’ve given them a reason why they should be doing this instead of them knowing the meaning of why they have this right.  One lady said she learned that stuff “way back in school” (she was in her 20’s) and couldn’t really  remember any of the answers correctly.

So I asked my wife, “what is wrong with our society and why are people not patriotic?”  She told me that maybe they are patriotic and that maybe it’s me who has the problem.   Well we all know that was the wrong answer.  She proceeded to tell me that maybe I take it to the next higher level and my expectation for the rest of society is way too high.  The other night her and I watched the movie, 13 hours.  This was the movie of the terrible attack on the compound in Benghazi where 4 Americans were killed, one of which was Ambassador Stevens.  When I asked her about the 6 contract mercenaries that were there and fought through the night to save 26 other people, do they too have a problem?  Are they beyond patriotic?  She said, “Yes.”  I came to realize that not everyone has the blood of freedom running through their veins and that not everyone is that person who will help to refresh the tree of liberty.

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.  Thomas Jefferson, Nov. 13. 1787.

Okay, so help me understand this.  When faced with impossible odds (let’s say terrorist situation), and you know the outcome, do you lay down in the fetal position and cry like little baby?  Do you get on your knees and beg for your life?  And if so, what do you expect to achieve?  That’s nothing more than weakness.  That’s giving into your enemies.  You stand your ground and you drive it home until either you come out on the other side the victor or you eat a lead bean and gladly travel home to your maker.

It’s better to die standing than to live the rest of your life on your knees.

U.S. Marine Corps Independence Day

Where is our country headed?  Are we on this downward spiral into the dark abyss of socialism where our beloved government has been trying to get us?  Are the liberals finally winning the war?  Isn’t it time for us to wake up and to start riding the wave of patriotism to the degree that our founding fathers rode it?  The founding fathers were no longer going to live as in the past to be on their knees as slaves to the monarchy.

Bob~

 

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