|America, We Have a Problem|
Most readers here are probably already aware of the near-exclusion of the photo above and its appearance at New York's 9-11 Memorial Museum, but how many of you were as outraged as me as to the reasoning behind that near tragic decision?
The Creative Director of the museum in question is named Michael Shulan, who incredibly said, "I really believe that the way America will look best, the way we can really do best, is to not be Americans so vigilantly, so vehemently". (Emphasis mine). Bless his little heart, but I think the only way to be an American is vigilantly and vehemently. In my school days, if someone said to me that I was being "too American", they would have received a knockus to the proboscis. Today, I have learned to control such violent outbursts, but I think Michael Shulan deserves no less than a punch in the nose.
Forgive me, but I still get angry when fans at a ballgame neglect to remove their hats when the Star Bangled Banner is playing, so when I hear that people -- alleged Americans, no less -- are worried about us being too "rah rah" America, I have to scratch my head and count to ten. However, I am growing weary of counting, and I say it's time we, as patriots, woke up.
Our Founding Fathers were what could be described as Liberals in the truest sense of the word, because what they fought for, after all, was Liberty. The word Conservative came into being to describe those of us who believe in conserving the brilliant document our Founders creating in writing our Constitution. We must remember that the Bill of Rights is basically the Ten Commandments for our new government.
Throughout time, our citizens have perverted the term Liberal into what we have today, a movement that has wiped its collective feet on our Constitution and started on a path to that of which our Founders warned; Tyranny. The kids of the 1960's rebelled against a society in which their parents became somewhat wealthy, enough so as to provide a very comfortable lifestyle for their precious little hippies, who appreciated none of it, seeking a Utopia they would never find and succeeding only in warping their minds further through hallucinogenic drugs.
Thus they began the ball rolling, ending up on the fast track in a circular rail line, heading for the same tyrannical environment they thought they were fighting in the 1960's. Instead of fighting the "establishment", the left has succeeded only in replacing the system with a new "establishment", one that is decidedly un-American.
Now, Michael Shulan may be only the Creative Directive of a museum in New York, but he is symptomatic of a larger problem in America, and it goes all the way up to the President of the United States. Obama is a universe apart from George Washington. Washington and the other Founders warned of the possibility of tyranny often, while Obama warns our youth to disregard those voices that warn of tyranny. And Obama travels abroad to apologize for America and ask that our "past transgressions" be forgiven.
Obama thinks that we -- Americans -- have been "too American" in the past. Of course, it can be argued that Obama is actually un-American in thought and deed, and the truly scary part is that he won re-election to the White House. That says one of two things: either we have well too many people who think like he does, or that well too many of our fellow patriots stayed home on election day. Neither scenario is acceptable.
I mentioned on a social site the other day that I have had an American flag on my family cars since the September 11, 2001 attacks on our beloved country, but what I didn't mention is that the practice was commonplace back then. I remember seeing car flags on a lot of cars, and it felt good to see. Today, when I see a car passing by that actually has a flag on it, I am surprised. That is a damned shame.
What I would like to see is the American spirit of unity of which Charlie Daniels wrote in 1980. If anyone remembers the song, In America, you'll know what I mean. The U.S. Olympic Hockey team's defeat of the Russians, and the pending election of Ronald Reagan filled us with a sense of pride. More importantly, it made us feel like Americans and damned proud to be so. Where did that feeling go?
If it dissipated due to the relentless grinding of the Progressive movement, as I believe it has, then you, my friends, must shake it off and be proud to be Americans again. Make a difference, get involved. Be American, vigilantly and vehemently! And don't be ashamed to say it loud and clear. We must get back to the place where the lunatics were the ones who dared utter the words that Michael Shulan and others like him say and think everyday.
We, the patriots of America, are not the crazy ones. The crazy ones are the fungus among us.
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