The Minority Report… Hopefully!


I had a disturbing conversation with a young woman yesterday, a conversation about the 4th of July. It went something like this-

she:  Why do we celebrate the 4th of July anyway?

me:  Do you know what the 4th of July is?

she: Well’ ya I know it’s independence day or something like that, so what.

me: If  not for Independence Day this world would be a very different place, in fact your ability to speak so carelessly  about the liberties and freedoms you have grown up with would likely not be possible!

she: I don’t care about history, that happened in the past and doesn’t matter to me.

 

I won’t continue with the rest of the conversation, but suffice it to say it doesn’t get any better.  This conversation saddens me, and it concerns me, and frankly it pisses me off! Why is this conversation taking place and how can there be so much irreverence about this cornerstone time in history, the birth of the “United States of America“! I am really getting tired of the negativity attached to value statements regarding our country the good ole US of A.  There seems to be a division in thought in this country as well. The heartland still believes in the America that was and hopes to be again, the coasts and essentially the large metropolises is where a lot of this negativity seems to be emanating from.

Let’s all just think for a few minutes about what our world would look like if we were never to have become a nation.

Where would Europe be ( Hitler ), or how about Russia, the Berlin Wall in Germany? I could easily go on, this country has greatly impacted the world. Of course this country started with a very different set of ideals than we now hold. Is it that the further we move from our Judeo Christian heritage the further we move towards an attitude of me first, ingratitude, and no vision for the future or learning from our past?

Hard questions, but as we say Happy Birthday America questions that may be a foretelling of Independence day in the future.

JT

 

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About JT

I am a happily married man with 6 children and have an autoimmune disease. I hope to share my story and explore others' stories and perhaps together both of our lives will be enhanced.
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14 Responses to The Minority Report… Hopefully!

  1. Ron Pavellas says:

    “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.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed… And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

  2. Great Post! The past shapes the present and the present will shape the future of this COUNTRY!!! Happy 4th – Enjoy – Celebrate – God Bless America!

  3. I hope you enjoyed the 4th, but as a British person I take issue with the idea of the freedoms not existing without independence. A united North America within the British Empire would have united our strengths.

    • JT says:

      Thank you for your comment and bringing up your alternative view. I can’t really speak to what you are inferring, I guess when we look at things from our current situation it is hard to discern what might have been. Thanks for making me think. Hope you will stop and comment again 🙂

    • Donald Miller says:

      I know what you’re saying. And my response to that is, “Like bloody hell it would.” 😉

  4. Woody Stone says:

    Thank you JT for good points made well. The steady grinding away of Communist style liberalism in our education system and politics has produced a generation (actually several) of socially and politically suicidal misfits who don’t realize they are slitting their own throats. Without the liberty, compassion, and power of a moral people they so childishly disdain, the world would, and probably soon will, lapse into bloody anarchy where no good, moral social structure will exist. Idiocy has no limits.

    Clare – I agree that “A united North America within the British Empire would have united our strengths”, but it would also have multiplied the weaknesses that were already established and inherent in the British system of government and the despotic rulers in position at the time. It is not a valid argument to take the separate successes of both (all three) countries since 1776, and project them backward and imply that those same success would have occurred had we all remained under one ruler and operated within the British system of government. The way the Empire was ruled, would have collapsed everyone involved; and the whole world would not have had the prosperity of the American system to leach off of for all these years. I am not calling Britain a leach. What I am saying is that she, or Canada, wouldn’t be doing as well as she is had it not been for the Independence of the United States.

  5. Donald Miller says:

    I followed that link you placed in the article to the History Channel, and among the interesting things I found there was that the Macy’s fireworks display in New York city lasts a half hour and uses 7,500 pounds of explosives. I had no idea it was that massive–or that Macy’s is in on the Independence Day celebration just as they are on the Thanksgiving. Cool stuff.

  6. Wildgrain says:

    There is a lot of anti-Patriotism lately and I guess it’s ‘par for the course’ as we see more and more signs of Socialism putting down our great Country ; esp. our military. Unfortunately this erosion has been taking place for decades and is now coming to a head. It is sad to see this run-a-way train barreling down and destroying everything that is a part of our heritage. It is hard not to get depressed when we hear the news and think about the future.

    Many people feel the destiny of the United States is ALL up to God, yet I wonder what would have happened if some of the Old Testament heroes had not taken some action first. For example, Moses put his rod into the sea before it parted and Noah built the ark before the floods came. They, as well as other leaders, did something BEFORE God stepped in. Is that why God is silent now? Is He waiting to see if we will do anything or is it because we are living in the End Times and one day soon Jesus will return?

    It is becoming more and more accepted to use words that shock the listener when describing a feeling, but I cringe every time I hear those primitive words! They are degrading. It would be better to describe things as ‘infuriating’ to express anger.

    When it comes to the state of our Country, I believe we all need to ‘humble ourselves and pray’ as we alert our elected officials of our discontent with the way our country is being handled. The patriots of America took action when fighting the tyranny of the British. We need to ask God for wisdom if we want things to turn around in America. Since the Declaration of Independence, Americans have the privilege of voting. I hope all citizens will!

    • JT says:

      Thanks for your thoughts Win, I typically don’t use the language to which you are referring but in this instance my emotions got the best of me. I have to agree that the leadership for quite some time has in my estimation been lacking in vision and like the proverb says without vision we will perish… or something like that. Hope you and Ed are well it was nice to hear from you again 🙂

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