Our 'Fifth of July' Challenge

Nor' east Thinkin'

The party's over! Now, we must strive to revive America!

Published on: July 5, 2010

Americans have had abundant reasons to celebrate the fourth of July – picnics and parties, spicy barbecues, sweet lemonades, cool ripe melons, red white and blue rocket flares, a long holiday weekend. But what were we really celebrating? Be honest now.

Many have forgotten that we were supposed to be celebrating Independence Day, when our colonial forefathers broke free of rule by another nation. Very few know that 234 years of freedom has rarely been achieved – if ever!

These United States of America are in uncharted territory! The world’s greatest civilizations have lasted about 200 years on average. Their rise and fall, I’m told, runs through this sequence:

  • From bondage to spiritual faith;
  • From spiritual faith to great courage;
  • From courage to liberty;
  • From liberty to abundance;
  • From abundance to complacency;
  • From complacency to apathy;
  • From apathy to dependence;
  • From dependence back to bondage.

The reason? Mankind’s striving for a greater society is tripped up by our less noble human nature.

As Scottish historian Alexander Fraser Tytler noted in 1787, just 11 years after our nation was founded: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves [generous gifts] from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, [which is] always followed by a dictatorship.”

Where America is on this continuum
Thus far, we’ve beaten the odds largely due to our spiritual underpinnings and because we’ve fiercely guarded freedom of speech and freedom of the press. But both are being slowly, steadily undermined by judicial decree.

What’s happening to today’s Americana is far more dangerous and stealthy than any war or risk of terrorism we’ve experienced. Indisputable evidence of God’s hand in the creation and establishment of our country is being systematically erased by those who want to deny it simply because it makes them uncomfortable and convicts their moral standards.

That evidence is being forced out of our textbooks. It’s being sandblasted from our courthouses and historical monuments. It’s even being vilified from the very seats of justice established to protect us from oppression.

America’s political leadership also has failed to face the fiscal tsunami headed straight at us. Our national debt is rising $3.7 billion a day – more than $187,000 per taxpayer per day. When it crests over our lands, America will no longer be united. And when we are divided and scattered, the fall is inevitable.

In 1881, President James Garfield warned: “The people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption. If it be intelligent, brave and pure, it is because the people demand these high qualities to represent them in the natural legislature . . ..”

‘Change’ that must be forthcoming

There is a “rising up” taking place in America. Good, law-biding citizens who no longer tolerate political ignorance, recklessness and corruption sense that time is running out.

There’s growing awareness that we, too, will slide “Greeced” into federal fiscal bankruptcy without more and immediate action.

The tsunami of dependence on government [socialism] won’t solve any of these crises. On the contrary, it’ll only exacerbate them.

Yet there are actions you can take to stem this tide:

  • Pray that God’s kind of change will sweep America.
  • Voraciously read the opinions of others, especially those you don’t necessarily agree with.
  • Take personal action with like-minded souls to bring healthy change to the halls of Congress. Elect persons with the courage to put America’s health above political party priorities.
  • Start today, not tomorrow! Begin by sharing this column and your own convictions with everyone you can via print copy, e-mail, especially via social media, because that’s what today’s young American’s are most likely to read.