The nation that led the world in all good things for a century is a shell of its former self. And that might be a good thing.
July 4, 2022, will be the most impotent “celebration” of national independence in US history. It will be muted and lame in almost all its manifestations. The parades will celebrate things other than America’s independence. “Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” will move to the back of the bus so transsexuality, child grooming, and obedience to the administrative state can take the prime seating.
The nation’s inability to transport citizens from one place to another is a daily headline. The airlines lack the people and planes to fly reliably. Air traffic controllers are in short supply, as are pilots and flight crews, thanks to the Biden administration’s tyrannical Covid vaccine mandates, which produced shortages in two ways. First, pilots and flight controllers who refused the vaccines were fired. Second, pilots and flight controllers who took the vaccines incurred injuries that prevent them from safely doing their jobs. Third, out of paranoia, the government failed to hire and train new flight controllers for almost two years.
But, even if you could get to your desired destination, there might not be a reason to go.
America’s inability to manufacture and distribute goods means few fireworks displays. Those that manage to find both the materials and manpower will be weak and faggy.
Last year, out of spite, Joe Biden barred Independence Day celebrations at Mount Rushmore. This year, he cancelled them because of lack of materials and motivation. It’s as if the Democrats don’t want to be reminded they live in a nation founded on the idea that every human being is endowed with unalienable rights given by God—rights no man can deny without incurring the wrath of the Creator. Refusing to admit his impotence before God, the Democrat man makes himself a god over other men. And everyone suffers.
These Independence Day pains stack atop existing shortages of everything from chicken and turkey to tampons and baby formula.
Perhaps most indicative of America’s fall from grace is a recent poll asking Americans to rate their pride in their country. The top line is disturbing, even if predictable, but the internals and cross-tabs give one chills. First, the top line via Fox News:
The percentage of people who are proud of their country is down 12 points from 2017 and down 30 points from 2011
We expect Democrats to admit they have no pride in America. They haven’t been proud of this country since the 13th Amendment took away their property (slaves) without compensation. (Democrats want their slaves back, don’t you know.) But throughout the last half of the 20th century and the early 21st century, we could count Republicans and independents to express pride in their country.
Independents and Republicans reversed their positions since 2017, while formerly "not proud" Democrats are now on the fence.
In 2017, Republicans (by a 31-point margin) and independents (by 4 points) were proud. Today, both groups feel disenchanted with the country, GOPers by 24 points and independents by 35.
Democrats were 17 points more likely to be disappointed in the country in 2017, while now they split: 46% are proud and 48% aren’t.
The demographic (Republicans and independents) who only a decade ago loved America are now ashamed of this country.
And with good cause.
In full disclosure, I was recently polled on this topic, but not by Fox News. It was an email poll, and I thought long and hard before answering the simple question: Are you proud of the United States of America?
Twenty years ago, I would have responded, “Hell, yes,” without a thought. But I had to think long and hard in June.
Am I proud to live in a country that slaughters a million unborn babies every year, mostly for the comfort and convenience of the people who conceived the child? A country in which three states allow “abortion” even after natural, safe birth?
Am I proud to be a citizen of a country whose police assault and arrest a man for reading the Word of God in a public park but can’t be bothered to stop a madman from killing children and teachers in a public school?
Am I proud to be the citizen of a nation whose military’s top priorities (which change every week) are climate change, suppressing “white privilege,” promoting transsexualism, punishing its sailors for using proper pronouns, and circumventing both state and federal laws and the Supreme Court by advertising and performing abortions on military bases? A military that was humiliated by the Taliban in 72 hours after 20 years of “nation building?” A military that has fallen behind our major global adversaries?
Am I proud to live in a nation whose education system has fallen from number one in the world in 1970 to the middle of bell curve in 2022? A system that manipulates children to hate their parents, to demand mutilation of their own sex organs? A school system that believes parents and taxpayers have no authority to raise their own children?
Am I proud to live in a nation whose government was founded by the people and the states only to have our creation try to deny the right of self defense?
Am I proud to live in a country with $30 trillion of public debt and no ability to pay it down with returning to primitive existence?
Am I proud to live in a country where elections are decided by the administrative state, where even the right to representative government is a farce?
Am I proud to live in a country cannot even produce baby formula and tampons in sufficient quantities to satisfy its aging population?
Am I proud to live in a country with such low self-esteem that it considers itself unworthy of controlling immigration?
The honest answer, my friends, it “hell, no!” I am not proud of the United States of America. If I were an emissary from another world, I would consider the government of this country inept, tyrannical, and evil. I would see that the government’s charter was violated—the contract breeched—long ago for the benefit of few at the expense of the many. I would cast a jaundiced eye the “many” who allowed their rights, freedoms, and agency to be usurped by sniveling bureaucrats in northern Virginia whose only allegiances are to their personal wealth. I would look at how the people of America are hindered and disturbed about petty matters but oblivious impending doom. They will whine if their internet connection is too slow to stream a child-grooming cartoon for their children, but will ignore their government provoking a world war.
I know these are dangerous admission, but I try not to hide thoughts that are both important and honestly examined. I served this country in the Navy for ten years, spending the prime of young adulthood beneath the oceans on submarines, waiting the command to annihilate the Soviet Union so that our nation might live in peace. I have more US flags than a person should reasonably be allowed to own. Two of my children and my son-in-law serve in the US military today.
I recognize that the people who read my blog regularly are of the stock that forged this nation and made it both good and great. But I am honest enough to recognize that we are small and shrinking minority. Even among those who express political opinions similar to ours, most would trade their freedom for security and convenience. We have, in the words of Tocqueville, been compressed, enervated, extinguished, and stupefied, and “reduced to nothing better than a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”
Again, not everyone. But look around.
Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty believed so strongly in liberty that they disguised themselves as American Indians, boarded private ships in Boston Harbor, and destroyed an estimated (in present dollars) $2 million worth of cargo. Will anyone smash through the barricades surrounding Mt. Rushmore to shoot off privately purchased fireworks as a display of defiance against our governmental overlords? Can you find ten people willing to take action to assert our rights as human beings? Or would the risk of ending up in the DC Gitmo prevent us from emulating the men of the 18th century we pretend to cherish?
Sadly, then, I am firmly with the 64% of independents who say “No” to the question, “Are you proud of the United States?”
John Adams expressed over two centuries ago the core problem that makes America undeserving of our pride:
“We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
On this 4th of July, I will toast the country that occupied this land for 200 years. That country still exists, but it lost its freedoms, its way, its virtue. Can we find them again?
If our national humiliation jars us out of our slumber and restores virtue as the nation’s principal concern, we can look on this present moment as a loving gift of mercy from God.
If we simper and snivel into the malicious “protection” of mother government, America’s demise will be mocked and ridiculed by generations until the Second Coming.
This moment is a test of our worth as a nation and as individuals. It’s too late to study. We have the training and the knowledge.
It’s time to perform. Start with a simple prayer of humility: Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.