July 4, 2022
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July 4, 1776 the foundation volley of that thing sometimes called American Exceptionalism; The launching of an immigrant nation that brought forward the ideas of self-government, limited government, individual rights, a constitutional republic with separation of powers, a democracy with protection of the minority at the forefront. (Exceptional indeed!)
Here we are 246 years after with real questions as to how long this shall endure. I celebrate this nation not for its intrinsic virtues, which are many, but for its apprehension of the restraints necessary to promote virtue among its citizenry.
We are in a season wherein it has become laudable to hate our nation and call for the destruction of her systems. We would do better to gather our collective will to the living out of those values that called us into union.
Happy July 4
I no longer have a coherent view of this country…I’m aware of the genius of it’s founding documents and equally aware that we often fail to live up to them.
I loathe its civil religion and love some of the traditions that are passing with the years.
I enjoy watching people celebrate, but I don’t have it in me…I just try to keep the cats safe and sound through the fireworks and gunshots…
Toby Keith – Happy Birthday America (Official Lyric Video)
These are the headlines I woke up to this July 4th:
“6 dead and 31 injured at Illinois 4th of July parade”.
“Democrats promote ‘f—-the 4th event as Americans celebrate the holiday”,
“Violent crowds in Chicago attack police. Officer killed”
“Unarmed black man suffered at least 60 wounds in police shooting”.
“A July 4th protest were planned in Brevard after Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade”
And while this and more is going on, radios all across the country will be blasting Lee Greenwood’s “And I’m proud to be an American”.
But that song was written 38 years ago. And things have changed when those words were penned. I sure want to be proud to be an American but I just don’t know that I am.
As Michael Rowen wrote “ One year ago, as America celebrated its 245th birthday, I wrote that “it is increasingly and depressingly clear that America is becoming two very different countries: a blue one and a red one, with little in shared identity and vastly different health and economic outcomes.”
As unimaginable as it might have seemed then, on this Fourth of July, America is in even worse shape: more divided and more polarized, and there is little reason to expect that we will come together any time soon.‘
It seems to me we are more divided than even in the 1840’s during the civil war. I fear we are headed toward a divided nation rather than a united nation.
People say that what America needs is Jesus. But which Jesus? Operas Jesus? Pelosi’s Jesus? My own interpretation of Jesus? Trump and his followers Jesus?
Columbia is still the gem of the ocean…
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