OK, lets’ face it; the history America is fraught with error and injustice – any true American and casual student of our history is painfully aware of this truth. But it’s time we understood and accepted as a nation who we are, where we’ve been and how we got where we are today!
Let’s start with who we are: disagree with me here, if you will, but it’s undeniable we stand today, for all our woes and troubles as the greatest individual nation in the free world – a truth that gains veracity through the sheer number of people who are flocking to gain entry here – despite the never-ending unfavorable (and unfair) media coverage we receive worldwide.
Where have we been? Well, we began as a nation of individual freedom-seekers who were looking for a lifestyle free from oppression and suppression by those who held differing viewpoints and opinions. (as those who are willing to accept his truth are also aware, we were founded in no small part on the notion of having the right to free expression of our religious beliefs, although that is no longer a populist tenet and, thus, rarely quoted). From those humble beginnings, we grew into a nation the likes of which the world has never seen before. We settled, formed our government – again an experiment never before seen and proceeded to prosper as a country. As we grew, it’s true we did so on the backs of MANY classes and races of peoples (not simply one, currently downtrodden culture as the Leftist movement and MSM would have you believe. We began our expansion /occupation of this land by essentially stealing it from the original inhabitants, the Native Americans, then proceeded our march westward, ever-encroaching on their rightful territory, forever promising to “make it right” with more and more concessions until there was no land left and at last, we held the entire country and all it’s riches and resources in our possession – there are still those who speak to this injustice today, but they are seldom heard from and if so, with hollow voices, at best.
We built a solid, booming textile industry in the south on the backs of slaves we imported from the nation of Africa (a trade which greatly profited the northern states, who operated the import industry, lest anyone feels too self-righteous here), then ultimately went to war, risking the future of our fledgling nation over the injustice of the practice (a fact that is often overlooked by today’s “woke” movement).
And lastly, in our never-ending push westward and effort to connect our now far-flung national economy, we imported cheap foreign labor from Asian lands and treated them as second-class citizens (apparently, not learning our lesson from the War that nearly destroyed us) while they labored inhumanely to build our railroads and connect our nation. Then when at last, the work was done, we repaid them (in time) by gathering them all up and incarcerating them in internment camps while we fought a war against their nation.
And, this brings us to who we are today: Still the greatest nation on earth (albeit, greatly troubled), we are struggling to maintain our identity as the “Land of The Free” and the resect that moniker deserves. Too long steeped in a culture of tribalism, fueled by left vs, right, liberal vs, conservative, Democrat vs, republican strife, we have lost sight of the glue that binds us ALL together – and that is the history- checkered and flawed as it may be – that we all share – the long, painful journey we have been on as a nation. Drowned out in the never-ending din of revisionist historians and the ‘cancellation crowd” are the echoes of the past that should keep us from repeats of the same mistakes. We gain nothing by tearing down monuments and flags!
The ongoing clamor to cancel shows that hearken back to a time when we were still finding our way as The Land of The Free does nothing to ensure our continuance in that role – these actions only serve to ensure that we are doomed to repeat a history best left behind us – but not preserved as a reminder and warning of mistakes we learned along the way
Please heed the words of a true “father of our nation” – a great man whose efforts to achieve equality for all have lasting effects today as he presciently warns us of the direction we are careening in today:
“…the innocent, those who have ever set their faces against violations of law in every shape, alike with the guilty, fall victims to the ravages of mob law; and thus it goes on, step by step, till all the walls erected for the defense of the persons and property of individuals, are trodden down, and disregarded. But all this even, is not the full extent of the evil. –By such examples, by instances of the perpetrators of such acts going unpunished, the lawless in spirit, are encouraged to become lawless in practice; and having been used to no restraint, but dread of punishment, they thus become, absolutely unrestrained. –Having ever regarded Government as their deadliest bane, they make a jubilee of the suspension of its operations; and pray for nothing so much, as its total annihilation. While, on the other hand, good men, men who love tranquility, who desire to abide by the laws, and enjoy their benefits, who would gladly spill their blood in the defense of their country; seeing their property destroyed; their families insulted, and their lives endangered; their persons injured; and seeing nothing in prospect that forebodes a change for the better; become tired of, and disgusted with, a Government that offers them no protection; and are not much averse to a change in which they imagine they have nothing to lose.
Thus, then, by the operation of this mobocractic spirit, which all must admit, is now abroad in the land, the strongest bulwark of any Government, and particularly of those constituted like ours, may effectually be broken down and destroyed–I mean the attachment of the People. Whenever this effect shall be produced among us; whenever the vicious portion of population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision-stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this Government cannot last.”
When mob rule is permitted, condoned and praised, anarchy has the ability to win the day. Anarchy is polar opposite to a well functioning society
— Abraham Lincoln, 1833
“The surest way to move forward is not running from and hiding our past – but looking at it fully and bravely – only then can we learn from our mistakes”
~ Kevin Toomey, today
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