FROM GEORGE TO GEORGE
Those who were around back then may remember this slogan when George HW Bush became our 41st president. Hopefully every school child still remembers that our first president was George Washington.
The first 200 years of the American presidency was distinctly different from the last 30 years. We will never have another person in the Oval Office who remembers World War II. Bush 41 was the last.
Ronald Reagan had drawn very heavily from his experience defeating fascism on one horizon and imperialism on the other as he faced down the Evil Empire and prevailed as the world witnessed the demise of the Soviet Union. Today American progressives [if that is not an oxymoron] are flirting with socialism while KGB Vlad tries to restore the Kremlin as a major world power.
OUR FOUR POST-WW II PRESIDENTS
Three of the four are baby boomers like yours truly whereas one is a product of Generation X. Not one of them has been a role model in the positive sense.
With the election of the man from the ironic hometown of Hope, Arkansas, the age of populism took roots. With a First Lady who strove to share the spotlight as much as her husband, America was bound for dysfunctional times ahead.
At least John Kennedy had been discreet about his alleged relationship with Marilyn Monroe, whereas Billy Bob flatly just didn’t care what anybody thought about his shenanigans. This was probably an earlier iteration of the “I’m president and you’re not” mentality that has grown in force through three successive administrations.
No need to rehash all the lurid details of Bill and Monica or the first impeachment since that of Andrew Johnson just after the Civil War. Bill Clinton never intended to be anybody’s role model. Neither did Hillary for that matter.
W outlasted Al Gore, Jr. In the election from hell. I tend to think he would have been more of a laid-back isolationist president had we not been attacked by the followers of Islam.
In his younger years, the eldest Bush son had been rather irresponsible as the scion of a wealthy and influential political New England family transplanted into the oil fields of West Texas. He entered the spotlight when he upset Ann Richards, the Lone Star witch spelled with a capital B, to become Governor of Texas.
Nobody of either political party really took George W Bush seriously. He is a product of the times during which he served. But again, we did not have a really inspirational president.
Then came the alleged Manchurian Candidate about whom we still know virtually nothing regarding his early years. Everything about Barack Hussein Obama II is a carefully crafted and structured narrative bearing no resemblance to reality. I’ve written about Barry Soetoro before so we’ll leave it at that for now.
In our context today, however, the issue is that our 44th president was and still is worshiped by some as a demi-god. It wasn’t just a symbolic cleansing of the national soul of racism by electing a black president. There was something much more subtle underlying the idolization of one of the laziest men to ever sit in the Oval Office.
Obama’s first term started very ominously with his apology tour and speech in Cairo and picked up speed going downhill from then on out. Obama’s admiration for all things Islamic is incontestable, stemming from his youth in a Muslim School in Jakarta, Indonesia.
But it was the social re-engineering of the United States military along with his censorship of the United States intelligence community that has done the most long-term lasting damage to our national well-being.
I won’t dwell on our current president because the details are still fresh in everyone’s mind. What Donald Trump does is a function of who Donald Trump is. But, the voters should have known that in 2016.
9/11 EXPOSED OUR VULNERABILITY
Before the terror attacks which took down the World Trade Center and struck the Pentagon, there was a sense in this country that there had not really been any successful attack on American soil since the War of 1812, other than Pearl Harbor which was in the then-territory of Hawaii.
Our first natural human reaction was: Why? That is still the most important consideration but it has been deliberately obfuscated by the Islamic practice of both da’wah and taqiyyah. Basically proselytization and dissimulation.
This is not the place to go into the real causes of 9/11. It has zero to do with boots on the ground in the Middle East or too many McDonald’s in certain countries. It has everything to do with a hostile foreign ideology that considers us as infidels for our faith and Judeo-Christian traditions.
I don’t want to give new Congresswomen Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib any more attention or enhanced notoriety than they deserve. Both are skilled operatives trained to use our American openness and toleration against us. They do this under the cover of the U.S. Constitution which Islamic Sharia law demands be eliminated.
But our current political discourse has been so distorted that we are manipulated to favor any religion and any political philosophy other than that which was the motivation for the Founders of our Republic. This is a total misrepresentation of Thomas Jefferson’s letter about separation of church and state which was intended to keep the state out of the church and not the other way around.
CORRUPTING OUR EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM
We cannot attribute the fact that we no longer live in Ronald Reagan’s shining city on the hill to just our most recent presidents or the never ending so-called war on terror. No, there is actually one factor much more significant and insidious.
It is not coincidental that this coincides with the exponential explosion of technology in our lifetimes. It is now possible for computers to do that which it is not advisable for computers to do. We rely upon artificial intelligence for things that we once prided ourselves as part of our once-hailed rugged individualism.
America has become soft at the core. We no longer have that molten magma in our innermost being that once invigorated our collective consciousness. The term toxic masculinity would never even have been conceived just a generation ago. The effeminization of America may sound good to progressives, but it is the essence of our demise.
We’re not talking about glass ceilings here. A woman can and should be able to handle any level of responsibility including President of the United States. Hillary didn’t lose because she is a female. Hillary lost because she is Hillary.
But the problem goes into the early age indoctrination of our children and grandchildren. Instead of being taught that they are gender-fluid, they need to be schooled first with a patriotic historical understanding of who we are and where we as a nation how come from.
During my own time in elementary school in the 1950s, it was “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty, Of Thee I Sing”. You can check and see if today’s little ones still have that on their curriculum.
I won’t delve too much into Common Core Math. Just because something sounds innovative doesn’t mean it should supplant the tried-and-true calculations that have always worked.
Even if you go beyond the limitations of social media to the more formal works of authorship, you will see that their 8th Grade teacher didn’t drill grammar and syntax into them the way Mrs. Linville did back in 1962.
What the heck does it mean to diagram a sentence anyway? Who cares what are the parts of speech or the conjugation of a verb? Nobody needs to parse sentences for accuracy or effectiveness. Just let the words flow. 280 characters or less.
The dumbing-down of America did not happen overnight. Some of it is lack of role model leadership at the top. The reality show mentality where banishing your opponent matters more than any moral high ground is taking its toll.
Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson were all deep thinkers with an understanding of the relationship between any contemporaneous society and all precedents in world history.
I would attribute that same capability to Ronald Wilson Reagan. But since the first inauguration of William Jefferson Clinton in our nation’s capital on a winter day in 1993, things simply have not been the same as they were before.
We no longer appear able to focus on the big picture of America’s role in the world. We have petty politicians so wrapped up in their own ambitions, that they really don’t know or don’t care what the long-range impact on our society will be.
SO WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
When an airhead bartender from the Bronx can become the de facto leader of the Democrat Party, tasseography has replaced sound reasoning with the shapes of tea leaves as the determinant of our future. The United States of America has abandoned the frontier spirit that once drove us forward through unexplored territories. Our momentum has given way to the inertia of political correctness.
Candidly, I’m not optimistic. The forces driving the deterioration of our national psyche will not be halted by mere words. All I can do is to document the environment and milieu in which we now struggle to survive.
We need a revival of our recognition that government does not grant us our freedoms but exists only to protect our God-given liberties. Any other form of government will result in tyranny.
That’s why I refuse to get into parsing all the details of this impeachment inquiry. We all need to step back and take a deep breath. Democrats and Republicans need to understand that we must all be on the same side. We must all be for America. As long as we think that the way to exalt ourselves is to tear someone else down, this great nation will be doomed.
LET YOUR CONSCIENCE BE YOUR GUIDE
If you don’t have that small still voice whispering in your ear that helps you distinguish between right and wrong, this admonition will not sink into your gray matter. Just make sure that it is your better angels that you listen to. Demons often masquerade as angels to mislead.
When our elected leaders betray the trust which we had bestowed upon them, it is incumbent upon us to replace them. They work for us as tax paying American citizens. Hold them accountable. Those who place their own blinding hatred for this President above the needs and wishes of their own constituents have forfeited their position as our surrogates.
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