Thread on Patriotism: When I saw this tweet by OUR President today I smiled bigly and laughed out loud.
Why shouldn’t we celebrate July 4 in a YUGE way? I mean by the time of this holiday it will have been 75 years since Operation Overlord and close to the same for conquering Iwo Jima as pictured below.
Patriotism is about living your country and the ideology on which it was built. Patriotism is about fighting and defeating those who would like to destroy those ideals that makes America so unique. But we have those amongst us that have looked upon the WHOLE of our history with
distain and hate. These folks would like to tear asunder the fabric that has made us the greatest country in the history of our planet. These people would like our children to not learn about how the New World was found, explored, settled, and yes, conquered. The Old World
colonized The New and made a ton of mistakes to be sure. Even once the shackles of King George III had been thrown off our fledgling 13 state country continued to flourish and grow, but we also made some serious mistakes. Big ones that continue to shape our history today.
We also have folks that call themselves Conservatives who also hates this country. Pretty controversial statement I know, but when you see what they stand for you’ll see why. These “Conservatives” want the USA to continue as the world’s policeman as established in the
Bretton Woods post-WW2 order of things. What is this Bretton Woods? It basically paved the way for the world to recover economically following WW2 but also allowed for the US to provide the security of the West in any way it saw fit.
For more on Bretton Woods read this: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bretton_W…. Gradually over time the New World Order as established at BW began to erode. Nonstop wars accomplished some of this. After WW2 and Korea Americans were tired of war, and then came the conflict in Vietnam.
Following Vietnam the American public was tired of constant war with both blood and treasure spent, and for what!? These Conservatives looked for new ways to keep us in wars around the globe. Senator McCain is one of these Conservative warhawks.
Folks like Bill Kristal and Jonah Goldberg, both from rivaling “Conservative” publications kept pushing for policies that served only the “elites” (used pajoratively) and not the voters in the country that keeps the political class in DC.
To this day both Bill and Jonah look down their noses at anyone they view as lesser then them in economic, educational, career, access, connections, etc. Just look at either of their TL’s and you can feel the scorn they have for deplorables.
This is not a new issue for any empire. Yes the United States is an empire. Look back in history and it doesn’t take long to recognize some of the same class and economic issues in other empires throughout history. Why should ours be any different you may ask.
Unfortunately it won’t be. Lately I’ve been reading a lot about Churchill. The Darkest Hour is one of my all time favorite historical films. Churchill, like all great leaders was a bad man (Lord Acton has something to say about great men being bad). What made him bad?
The list is quite long indeed, but in spite of the characteristics that many consider to be less than ideal by the “elites,” God saw in Churchill a man who could lead his nation against Hitler and the much feared German war machine. A man who could work with two other world
powers to defeat Fascism in German, Italy and Japan. I am reminded of the last three paragraphs of the speech he gave to Parliament on June 4, 1940. This speech was the 3rd speech he would give over the course of three weeks, and served as a briefing on what the War Cabinet was
doing. These last three paragraphs also highlight his magnificent use of the English language.
The most famous of all the lines from this speech epitomized English Patriotism. Here they are:
“We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend
our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender...”
I feel the same way about country with all enemies foreign and domestic. We shall fight those opposed to liberty and freedom until the end, we shall fight them anywhere, we shall fight them in any of the world’s seas or oceans, we shall fight them in the air, space and
cyberspace, we shall defend the values and ideals of this country no matter what the cost. We shall fight them in our schools, in the halls of justice, in the corridors of government, and on the athletic fields, we shall never surrender.
For those of us who have children this is a really tough time to be bringing up a child in the way they should go. Our kids are constantly barraged with a vocabulary in our everyday language that is confusing and frustrating. When everyone is a victim and is offended how does one
live their lives? Here is a pray given by Daniel in Babylon to God found in Daniel 2:
“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, For wisdom and might are His. And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him. “I thank You and praise You, O God of my fathers (Daniel 2:23 NKJV)(Daniel 2:20 - 2:23 NKJV).
I don’t know why God allowed for Trump to be our President just like I didn’t know why He allowed the last 44 to be elected. What I do know and believe is that God has a plan. It is up to us to have faith and trust that He knows better. The chaos on Twitter
shows me every day that God is absent from many in our country. Let us all pray that our country prospers, that we do act like that bright city on the hill until that day when Christ comes again to take His faithful home. I hope and pray that my family and I are in that number.
Addendum: I did not intend for this thread to get religious and philosophical, but the events of this country the last few weeks have really made me sad and discouraged. When I get that way I turn to the Bible. Lots of hope and promises to lean on and lift you up are found there.
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