We have lost the true meaning of being an American. Americans are a true breed of people, not in birthright, but in the indelible spirit of freedom and the expectancy of a better life and world to come. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is not a catch phrase, but a true and noble idea that all true Americans, not only long for, but pursue to their dying breath. The spirit of can do, a spirit of hope and expectancy is not found in great measure today, rather a sense of doom, gloom and failure prevails among our society. Utopia will not be reached, but a good, moral and noble country is well within reach.
What is the American spirit? As I reach the soon to be twilight of my existence on this Earth I find I think more of what was, rather than what could be. I fear in our haste to rush toward a more European existence we have completely lost what made us who we are. Rugged individualism and not compromise is what Americans do. We desire what is noble and fair. It doesn’t take a roundtable of intelligentsia expounding hot air to know the truth, it is inbreed within us. It is not a poll to determine our position or a fear of what one might say, it is knowing and doing what is the right.
You see my friends we are the last great hope for mankind, if we fail in this 244 year experiment into freedom, the entire world will follow us to destruction and a new fearfully prophesied world ruling power will soon come upon the scene. I see the future hanging in the balance. At times tears flow and I long for the old America. She was not perfect, but she was free. We faced our troubled demons head on, taking years to fix, but we fixed them. We aren’t perfect, but we are the land of the free and the home of the brave. Rule of law and fair play, which is missing today, was a cornerstone we stood on. Equal protection under the law and equality of rights we envisioned for all. Lady Justice has taken off her blindfolds. As the Bible declares in Isaiah 59, “Justice is turned back and truth falls in the street”.
We are the only nation on the face of the earth with a saying such as this, the American Dream. To borrow an eloquent title from a wonderful movie that typifies who we were and who we should attempt to become again to save this republic. I ask the question, do we have The Right Stuff?