Whatever Happened to “One Nation Under God” ?

By: Richard H. Frank

Something has changed radically in the “United States of America” that my brothers and I grew up in and served in our military to protect. Politically there seems to be no respect for the positions taken by opposing parties and the principles upon which this nation was founded. Instead we are living in an age where demands are made to strip our history of anything viewed as racist or objectionable to some particular minority or class of individuals in the country. Freedom of speech is somehow being turned upon its head and becoming freedom from speech. Respect for the very institutions that made this nation great is undermined by anarchists and supported by many members of the elite media. No longer are ideologies vastly different between only the North and the South, but are now between the East and West Coasts, leaving the vast center of the nation isolated in pursuit of the prosperity they are equally entitled to under our Constitution.

Viewing America from the outside an observer would think the country has evolved into two separate nations neither of which is sovereign unto itself, nor has definable borders that may be defended. These are the makings for a bloody civil uprising that will eventually pit Constitutionalists against anarchists and a failing of the rule of law in America. Those of us old enough to remember Nikita Khrushchev’s prediction in the 1960’s that “America would be destroyed from within” may live to see that day is at hand.

Then there is “Social Media” the product of the digital age we live within. Designed as a communication tool with which people could communicate and find common ground to foster friendships and understanding between the races and other nations, Facebook and Twitter have become the digital mega-voice for everyone with an opinion to vent their feelings. No matter how constructive theses social communication tools were envisioned to be there are those that choose to abuse and subvert their intended use. Take for instance the unsubstantiated sexual abuse charges against dozens of celebrities, media personalities and politicians causing them to lose their careers without being able to face their accusers and without a day in court. So much for innocent until proven guilty. Tweeting anonymously has become the art of slandering another person without the fear of repercussion. Somewhere along the way we have lost our moral compass not to mention any religious doctrine “to do unto others as we would have them do unto us”.

Unfortunately, for those of us that remember a much different America we are placed in a category of those that will not accept change according to Barack Obama’s saying that we “cling to our guns and bibles” as opposed to relinquishing our hard-fought for freedoms. The liberal progressives would surrender to the Orwellian vision of having “Big Brother” cater to our every need. Big Brother being the all-powerful Federal Government. Today we find ourselves trapped halfway between a rock and a hard spot with the Federal Government controlling the livelihood of over 61 million senior citizens dependent upon Social Security and Medicare for our existence and health care. The political elites in Washington D.C.leverage their bargaining position to achieve power using seniors as pawns in their game of political chess. Threatening a government shutdown is the favorite ploy of both political parties in order to achieve some politically expedient objective. They would risk withholding entitlement payments to 17% of the population to get what they want. The more government controls the individual the better the liberal progressives like it and their march for Big Brother and total domination. Draining the swamp in Washington D. C. is just the beginning of what the founders envisioned for our nation. The slippery slope of issuing executive orders in lieu of legislation created in congress and signed into law by the President moves one step closer to Big Brother having total disregard for the Constitution of the United States of America.

If the Chief Executive (the President) doesn’t like the constraints the Constitution places upon the government, then he should champion an amendment to the Constitution and refrain from legislating through issuance of Executive Orders. Thank God we have term limits on the Office of the President. Any single Presidential term would more than likely expire before amending the Constitution in most cases could be accomplished.

As for “One Nation Under God” I fear that the liberal progressive creation of “separation of Church and State,” never mentioned in the Constitution, may in fact have become a defacto construct in law. The acknowledgement of God in the public square or any petition to the deity in our schools is now viewed as a cardinal sin against the state. Given time and the direction of our courts it will not be long before the mention of God will be stricken from the very documents upon which this great nation was founded. I can only hope for posterity that I am wrong.

I wonder how future generations will honor this country should it no longer be required to recite the “Pledge of Allegiance” or, to stand while singing “The National Anethum”? Maybe the pledge and song will be as depicted in Orwell’s 1984 to Big Brother.

Intolerance by Liberals in America!

By: Richard H. Frank

If the “Constitution of The United States” doesn’t suit the ideology of liberals in this country they will attempt to use the judiciary to rewrite the Constitution. For example, I cannot find language in the document specific to demand the separation of Church and State. Yet liberals have subverted the language contained in the First Amendment to insist that the “Ten Commandments” not be displayed on any public property. Public schools are forbidden from conducting prayer or using the term “God” in any manner that might offend the agnostic. And heaven forbid if any community across this vast nation should dare to display the Nativity Scene during the Christmas season. Just how far will America stray from the founding principles contained in our “Declaration of Independence” and those clearly stated in the “Constitution?”

The political elites see themselves as a ruling class “all knowing” and better equipped to determine what is best for the citizenry. They view history as something that must be altered in an manner consistent with their ideology and that is politically expedient for them to remain in office. What hypocrites!

Suddenly there is a movement among the left in this country intent on removal of any symbol that historically records the actual history of this nation. It seems to have started with State legislators deciding that displaying the Confederate flag on public property was somehow racist. Wasn’t the Confederacy real? Didn’t over 500,000 Americans die during the Civil War? I guess we should pull any reminder of that historical period in America from view, just as protesters are tearing down statues commemorating leaders of the confederacy during that time.

What would the response of the media and far left be should the far right attack the memorials erected in memory of Martin Luther King? Their attack on organizations such as the KKK and Neo Nazis and White Supremacists would be unrelenting and rightly so. The same should be the case for any attack on individuals or memorials depicting the true historical roots of this Nation. If we allow those in power to subvert free expression in speech or memorials we are surrendering our very freedom as a people.

Unfortunately, we have very short memories and are too lazy to study history unless it is depicted in a three-hour series on television or an movie that becomes the true basis of our understanding and must be accepted as fact. Thus we are destined to repeat the same mistakes of the past that cost millions of lives around the world. Politicians stand up and denounce the Holocaust of the twentieth century yet condone abortion as a right under the Constitution that has claimed a hundred times the lives taken by the Nazis during World War II.

On college campuses we see demonstrations against free speech where conservative values may not be aired for fear that they may change someone’s mind or ideology. Speakers are shouted down and property destroyed with no accountability for those committing these intolerances nor the institutions allowing them to take place. Whatever happened to justice under the law? If we don’t like the law we just ignore it. Thats Anarchy! Next if liberals don’t like the books in University libraries I guess we will just burn them. Sound familiar? Read the history of Germany in the 1930’s.

I fear we are becoming a nation of illiterates content to accept whatever the media presents to us in a 30-second sound bite as gospel. We are on the road to teaching our children to become mind-numbed robots entering a period of history akin to Orwell’s “1984”.