God bless America
The land that I love
Stand beside her
And guide her
Through the night with the light from above – God Bless America, Irving Berlin
God Bless America. The land that I love. The land where hard won freedom is a birthright and cherished citizenship comes with an obligation to serve as freedom’s guardian. Those who do not understand our history, our Constitution, and do not embrace the American Spirit of Freedom can never be guardians of it. Here, there is a guarantee of freedom. There exists however, no guarantee of wealth or parity of wealth and no pre-destiny to poverty or serfdom. Each American is free to choose how to pursue life, liberty and happiness. And right or wrong they choose every day. Each of us, as individuals and a people, own the consequences of our choices.
We’ve traveled a great distance from the birth of representative government in Jamestown and from Plymouth’s Mayflower Compact. Jamestown was an economic venture and Plymouth a result of Pilgrims fleeing religious persecution. We’ve also traveled far from our founding and guiding documents, the 1776 Declaration of Independence and the 1788 ratification of our Constitution. Isn’t it remarkable that wealth and religion remain at the forefront of American life? Makes one think that we are not really in charge of anything. We are just bit players in a story for the ages. Maybe America is just another chance God gave us to get it right. It gives cause for us to question whether God or the root of all evil rests at our center. Our travels through time have also distanced us from our foundational pillars of God, Family, and Country. These pillars bind us together as the world’s first and only exceptional nation. Exceptional for one incredible reason. Our blessed nation’s bedrock of freedom and individual liberty.
We had a great start. We began by declaring, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” and ended by “appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions.” We appealed to God for the righteousness of our intentions to break from tyrannical government and stand as free people. Our founders set us on a path some have deemed miraculous.
“I have so much faith in the general government of the world by Providence that I can hardly conceive a transaction of such momentous importance [as the framing of the Constitution] … should be suffered to pass without being in some degree influenced, guided, and governed by that omnipotent, omnipresent, and beneficent Ruler in whom all inferior spirits live and move and have their being.” – Benjamin Franklin, quoted from The 5000 Year Leap– W. Cleon Skousen
Our founders sought the middle. They chose governance by the people’s law rather than government tyranny on one side and anarchy on the other. Today we find ourselves pulled left or right away from the sought-after middle. No one seems content with solving problems “in the middle.” In a process made dysfunctional by rigid ideologues each side claims to hold the mainstream while neither do. They always vow to improve life in the middle, but rarely do that either. It is not a political process, it is a power process. It sales what Americans long for, freedom and return of the voice to the people. Instead of delivering as promised it drifts farther away from each. Reality becomes which freedom or right the people must forfeit to satisfy the wailings of the ignorant encouraged by the goals of the powerful. When power is the goal, real people “in the middle” suffer. Americans that work hard for their families and serve the public and country understand this. When presented the opportunity to send a business minded America first political outsider to the Whitehouse the people discarded meaningless political identities and did it.
Shout it from the roof tops. It was Lexington and Concord. The beginning of the people’s rebellion against America’s dysfunctional and destructive establishment political class. It was the shot heard around the political swamp drawing ire of wild-eyed progressives on the left, smug neo-cons on the right and one world globalists from all points of the political compass. We are engaged in a battle for our country, this planet’s last refuge of freedom. A would be tyrannical establishment, ignoring the law of the land, is fighting for its life and waning power and it will not go quietly. There is no ploy or trick too dirty or underhanded for them in their pursuit of the first actual American political coup. Put your left or right worldview away. Understand out of the other side of what is taking place in our country today comes tyranny, anarchy or free people. The three choices cannot coexist. Whichever it is, we will all be in it together.
Out here in the middle, we must view our position with urgency. We must stand firm as the freedom’s guardians we were meant to be and have always been. We must hold the line and never waiver in the face of tyranny or anarchy. We must never forfeit any God given right.
Give me my freedom for as long as I be.
All I ask of living is to have no chains on me. – When I Die, Blood Sweat and Tears
© 2018 J. D. Pendry