The 4th of July – A time to remember independence or a time to recall our moments of perceived independence?
Who does the 4th of July belong to? We’ll answer these questions at the end.
We all know as Americans that July is a time when we gather together and celebrate our nation’s presumed independence from the hands of tyranny and oppression from Britain. It’s a time where we acknowledge how the founding fathers seemed to desire to sacrifice everything—their land, their livelihood, their comfort, their very lives and the lives of their
children—doing whatever it took to secure and maintain spoken of freedoms. But the explosive truth is, most Americans, even Christian Americans, have no idea what made our country so great and what it was that provided the amazing backbone of the society.
What made America so great was that it was founded on Christianity; not behind the scenes in the political arena but in our communities our social network, being comprised of God fearing and Jesus followers—this fact that has been deliberately buried in our history and erased from our textbooks by those seeking to enslave the people once again. If our nation is ever going to become great again, we have got to get back to the secret of what made America so great.
“There is no actual time frame that we could look back on our perceived history and say there was a time when America was great but rather a fictional time as portrayed in the television situation comedies from the 1950’s and 1960’s such as “I love Lucy”, “Father Knows Best”, “Leave It to Beaver”, etc. that we watched while growing up (many of us watched the re-runs)- a world where no one was unemployed, no one was homosexual, all blacks were maids and all Hispanics were gardeners.
The Time of America’s greatness can be whatever you (in your mind’s eye) perceives it. There was a time in history where we were not as much to war, but wars nevertheless persisted. There was never really a time in history of the USA that we were not fighting someone for Israel. Israel has and apparently always will dictate behind the scenes our nation’s foreign policy.” – Anonymous
The sad problem is that we have to return to some past era. People have often wondered why can’t we just make America great, period? Or, better, make America greater? It’s sad that people see our best days behind us, rather than ahead of us. But in truth, our best days are behind us.
This was an era when America was still manufacturing most of its products, everything from automobiles to television sets, in country. It was an era where we fought no foreign wars and were only beginning to become entangled in SE Asia. We felt like winners.
For a white, business-oriented male living on the East Coast, that era where women like Megyn Kelly aspired to be nurses or school teachers and then moms, not television journalists. When the only Mexicans you ever saw were working in the farm patches in the southern tier and Desi Arnaz was our favorite Cuban. There was not a single well-known Muslim outside of King Farouk or the Shah of Iran.
While some suggest the 80’s, that was the era when we first heard of AIDS. That was the time when Republicans and Democrats separated into ideological camps. We had the continuing revolution in Iran and the continuing Cold War in Europe. In trade, Japan was starting to beat our brains out and Americans could no longer purchase US made electronics. The trade wars (as it’s not called) began! Honda and Toyota were making huge inroads. By the 80’s, America had already started to lose. We had lost Vietnam in the mid 70’s, Iran in 1979, and our leadership through most of Latin America in the 80’s. In reality, World War 3 began shortly after the second ended with the passing event of Vietnam.
Henry Ford decided one weekend to double his workers salaries and did so the next day. Not because he was generous but because he realized he would thrive with lower worker turnover AND his workers could afford to buy the cars they were building. More customers for his company. He also had his chemists make plastics from soybeans rather than oil so he could buy soybeans from millions of American Farmers and they in turn could afford, and did, buy millions of his cars.
He understood that the economy works best when it works for everybody. A thriving Middle Class is the engine that drives the economy and when they flourish, everyone flourishes. And he reduced the workday from 9 hours to 8. Perhaps there is a lesson to be learned from such a capitalistic viewpoint. With the idea and process of wealth re-distribution, we see the gaps of classes moving farther apart and the middle class becoming non-existent.
At The Core:
With the slogan spewed out by Donald Trump, At its core “Make America Great Again” is an attempt to convince Americans you can put a genie back in its lamp.
We built an economic engine and soared to prosperity on the idea that we’d send all our drudge-work overseas and keep all the high-paying jobs local. Cheaper goods for us, AND we get to keep all the money. Who doesn’t like that?
Unfortunately, companies picked up on the fact that you didn’t have to stop at drudge-work, and could make even more money if you sent high-paying jobs overseas as well. And OK, there was still enough room to keep making goods even cheaper, but it’s kinda hard to afford them if you don’t have a job anymore. Oops.
Meanwhile, thanks in part to the money and technology we poured into them, those countries that we used to fuel the rise of the America beast, experienced their own growth and became viable competitors instead of just stepping-stones toward American prosperity. And information technology in particular has been a double-edged sword — it’s enhanced our lives dramatically, but it’s also diminished the necessity of physical presence even further.
The fact too many people (Americans) refuse to acknowledge is that the global economy has changed the world, and it’s not changing back. It’s more competitive, faster-moving, and more people are forced to fight for fewer jobs. As Americans in that global economy, we’re not all going to get the Norman Rockwell existences we were “promised”.
We chose to allow this over the course of the last several decades without warring against a tyrannical (in name only) government, at least for the time being. Now we live with the consequences of our choices.
When someone could have two or three jobs their entire life, support themselves, their spouse and their children with that one job. When you could work at a company and the owner didn’t make 1000X more than you did. That after 30 years you had a pension and you had a home you owned and could afford to retire in.
America certainly had issues and certainly had inequities but the middle class still existed and gave every person something they could achieve. Now it takes two college educated people working full time jobs just to afford a home to live in- let alone having others and or the government education institutions raise, teach and train children in the most ungodly and inaccurate curriculum ever conceived and trying to save up enough to entirely fund those irrelevant college educations as well.
America was great before skilled labor was exported to the next nearest country with cheaper labor and unsafe work practices. It’s clear how it could become……better, that we demand that if places like Mexico want to manufacture something to be sold in the US that they adhere to the same labor practices and standards as we do…. or tax and tariff those goods until they do. The trade deals made, that we’ve been victim of benefited the profit margin of large corporations at the detriment of the middle class. There is a capitalistic advantage to having places who make something better than others be the supplier- but if the only difference in the product is how much you pay your work force then that benefit is lost.
George Carlin once quipped “…they call it the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it.”
“We hear Donald Trump say “Make America Great Again,” and I think people are offended. Why? Because deep down inside, it comes down to one’s own perception of just what greatness is. And for the most part, America cannot go back in time. We cannot gain back to ANY time period of which we thought was great. America’s destiny is not to walk in or esteem any type of greatness. I believe that’s why we cringe when we hear or read that trade marked slogan of the Trump company. We simply know it will never be, so why say it?
War (Killing greatness and freedom):
Wars, not even the victory of a war (which is never the case for America) never made a nation great, it was only after a war was declared “over” that the nation began to improve, not because of that war(s), but the fact that the war seemed over and everyone that came home, sat down to a nice warm supper. We are now and have been constantly at war- and not everyone who fights, come back home. Where is the greatness or honor in that?
Our wars today are not determined who slaps us, but by bullies who have enjoyed slapping (Industrial Military Complex). And they continue today, exhausting our people, our children, our friends and resources. Nothing good is ever achieved in war; just slippage of our freedoms and liberties that our ancestors fled, bled and fought for. It seems to me that we should, if hit, “turn the other cheek.” However, I wish it was that simple. Our wars are nothing more than false flags, made to look like we’ve been slapped.
Our true enemies are those in power, high places. The one’s you thought “the people” elected. But, the stage is ever constantly being erected- war will continue I’m afraid for the near future. America will only continue to lose those moments of yesterday of those perceived pieces of peace, in our lives as we have so erroneously called “the good ol’ days,” or when we thought, America was great. The United States will continue it’s controlled and dictated wars until a regime change takes place- could it be we are witnessing those changes now? I digress.
In all wars; the only thing that it decides is not whose right, but whose left.
For this 4th of July let’s just reflect on our perceived notions of peace and freedom, and those moments when we thought, things might not have been great, but they certainly weren’t bad.
Maybe if we remember our good times and freedoms we once had, without controversy, we might be able to hold on to them longer in the future/ or find new ones- they say that nothing ever dies as long as you remember it…..There are some things we should NEVER forget.”
The 4th of July belongs to those who never forget.
Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!