Whatever Happened?

Whatever happened to that intense desire to be the best? Whatever happened to never settling for second best at anything? Whatever happened to show me someone pleased with being runner-up and I will show you a perpetual loser? Usually a Republican. Whatever happened to adult mentoring and encouragement? Whatever happened to the parents, teachers, big brothers and sisters who unequivocally declared to their charges that if you set your mind to it and work hard at it, you can become whatever you want to be in America? Whatever happened to the sky is the limit? Whatever happened to you are only limited by your desire and imagination? Whatever happened to the teacher that insisted you do it over and over and over until you learned it and got it right – to the standard? Whatever happened to you will do the 6th grade over next year son because you failed? Whatever happened to inspiring leaders who issued challenges to a nation like putting a man on the moon within a decade? Whatever happened to men being men and not being ashamed of it? Whatever happened to women being women and being proud of it? Whatever happened to families sitting down to supper – together? Whatever happened to families? Whatever happened to earning your own way? Whatever happened to the little league baseball coach who could put his arm around little Johnny and say I am sorry you did not make the team this season, but look I want you to come to practice with us anyway? Then next season it might be different for you. Whatever happened to politeness? Whatever happened to watching your language in mixed company or in front of the children? Whatever happened to the unwed mother who was the exception rather than the rule? Whatever happened to men who opened doors for women? Whatever happened to women who expected men to open doors for them? Whatever happened to modesty? Whatever happened to the kid with a lawnmower who would scour the neighborhood after school or on Saturday looking for lawns to mow to pad the allowance – if there was an allowance? Whatever happened to the kid who looked for Friday night babysitting opportunities for the same reasons? Whatever happened to school kids who wanted part time jobs and summer jobs? Whatever happened to keeping your sex life private, in the closet so-to-speak, rather than making it the very public center of your life? Whatever happened to Churches that were full on Sundays? Whatever have we done with God? Whatever happened to taking time out of your day to meditate and talk with your creator? Whatever happened to looking to God for the wisdom to guide life’s decisions? Whatever happened to pledging allegiance to the flag and meaning every word of it? Whatever happened to knowing beyond doubt that you lived in the greatest country in the world? Whatever happened to knowing the reason for that is God-given freedom protected by law? Whatever happened to the expectation that one must serve his or her country? Whatever happened to believing America is a good country? Whatever happened to believing that Americans are good? Whatever happened to believing America is a good country because Americans are good? Whatever happened to knowing and believing that Godless communism is evil on earth? Whatever happened to America does not owe me, I owe America? Whatever happened to self-reliance? Whatever happened…?

Whatever happened to America?

Liberalism. Progressivism. Communism.

© 2014 J. D. Pendry

4 thoughts on “Whatever Happened?”

  1. CSM, Please give me permission to read this to the Mount Sinai Baptist Church of District Heights, MD this coming Sunday (March 16, 2014)!

    Thanks,

    Paul Schneidmill

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