We used to say I’m an American and I’ll back her right or wrong. Do you know why we used to say that? We used to say that because America was always on the side of right. Now I know someone out there is going to come up with something we did wrong to prove I don’t know what I’m talking about. Slavery, someone will say, wasn’t that wrong? Certainly it was, and enough of us thought so that we fought a civil war to free the slaves. We had a conscience that wouldn’t allow us as a nation to stand by and witness slavery.
Some people still fight the Civil War over and over. Some people still think we owe them something because they had ancestors who were slaves. I don’t think we owe anyone anything because they had ancestors who were slaves any more than I believe anyone owes me because I had ancestors that died freeing slaves. What’s more I had an ancestor who fought in the Revolutionary War to free America. I’m proud of it, but I don’t feel anyone owes me anything because of it. Many Americans have fought and died for freedom. It is the way most of us are bent. Many Americans have died for the freedom of other people in other countries. Read our history.Yes, read our history and you will read about the lives of many great men and women. You will read of them and wonder why they stepped forward to do the things they did. Individuals stepped out when it was needed and took it upon their shoulders to do what had to be done for the benefit of us all. People like George Washington and those who backed him with their lives against the British. They are the ones who first risked all that we might have a free country — a country many of us take for granted and do little to sustain.Great people didn’t just happen. America and what it stands for produced them. Today, America produces opportunities that make many of us rich beyond most people’s dreams, but there are no great people being produced, or perhaps there are so many Americans willing to sacrifice their country for a few dollars that great men are being kept in the background because of politics and political correctness. I’m not impressed by a man just because he becomes president. Voter fraud and voting for a candidate for some meaningless reason can make a man president. There have been no great presidents lately. The closest we have come in a long time I think was Harry Truman, and I know there are those who will disagree with me, but he was a patriot and did what he thought was best, and he wasn’t afraid to tell it like it is. He made some mistakes, but he always took the responsibility when it was his, and he didn’t pull shenanigans when no one was looking.Politicians, when they are blowing smoke at us, will make flowery speeches and throw out phrases like “America’s best days are yet to come,” but they don’t believe it, they just want your vote so they can get theirs before America goes broke. The proof of that is if they are elected they do nothing to save America from the fate that is coming down the road like a monster that is half race car and half locomotive. The absence of great men or women to lead us was never in greater evidence than it is today. I don’t know how to describe those leading us at present. None of them are great and they fill the offices in the administration with other non greats that only a fool would accept willingly, and these are the people leading us when great people are needed.I watch the news to keep up with what is happening in the world to see how we are fairing and it doesn’t look too good. Our greatest enemy has become the dishonest media and the party they support. Hollywood runs a close second and the party I support is running neck and neck with the actors and actresses. At a time when we need a leader, we have a teleprompter making our speeches. God only knows who writes them. I watch the man on the street interviews and it’s obvious no help is on the way from those they interview, because not many of them know a cowpile from applebutter. Where are the young people who are trying to amount to something, and accepting the yoke that was laid on us older people. Get them out into the mix and stop paying homage to those who get rich in America but have nothing good to say about her.“The best days of America are yet to come.” Not by a damned sight unless we change things in a hurry, because those who are leading us, both elected and appointed are either going in a direction that is wrong or at best, stupid. If only God would see His way clear to help us.
Joe Bowyer is a columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.