We lived in an America where Beaver Cleaver’s stay-at-home mom vacuumed the floors and served up advice and pot roast for Sunday family dinners which included granny and gramps.
We-the-children read books, listened to radio programs, climbed trees, built forts, rode bikes, and watched the weekly news at movie theater double-feature matinees. We cheered for Wonder Woman and Superman, our trusted heroes who courageously fought for truth, justice, and the American way.
Our teachers encouraged us to excel in reading, English, math, science, and history. We competed with each other both scholastically and athletically to sharpen our minds and strengthen our bodies. We were the best students on the planet, products of locally administered public schools, involved parents, and teachers who cared about our intellectual development.
The glue that bonded our communities together was love of family, country, and God. If someone faced a temporary emergency (like job loss or illness) our churches and synagogues stepped up to lend a hand. When the emergency had passed, those who had received assistance turned around and helped others in need. Working together, we created an endless circle of giving that strengthened our families, our communities, our country, and enriched our lives.
Uncle Sam was our partner in war and peace. America had joined with our allies to win a long and terrible war against tyranny. When it was over, freedom prevailed, and Uncle Sam helped everyone (even those who had started the wars in the first place), rebuild their countries, their economies, and their lives.
The new normal for America is totally different.
Today, mom holds down a full-time job, then rushes to pick the kids up at daycare, carpools them to soccer practice, and grabs take-out for dinner. On Sunday, mom might find time to cook a meal in between cleaning and grocery shopping chores, or enjoy a few precious hours with the kids. Some dads pitch in. Some don’t. Some are AWOL from the family all together.
Today, granny and gramps remain in the workforce because they lost home equity and a huge chunk of their 401(k) retirement accounts when the housing industry crashed. They lament the loss of their childhood heroes and can’t identify with today’s role models: potty-mouth rappers with droopy drawers, jail-bait sports stars, and celebrities in and out of rehab.
Today, children sit on their increasingly plump backsides while they text each other non-stop, or play violent games on their Xboxes, computers, tablets, or smartphones. Instead of learning the basics of math, English, science, history, and geography, they’re encouraged to be equal instead of best and are given trophies for just showing up. Teacher unions promote the Rotten-to-the-Common-Core education program that dumbs down America’s students who now rank 18th internationally.
Today, the helping hands of churches and synagogues are handcuffed and allowed to give only limited assistance to families facing difficult times. Christians and Jews are told to shut up and follow government mandates that force them to break religious covenants with God. Big government has become the caregiver, providing permanent entitlements like welfare, food stamps, healthcare, and disability to able-bodied, non-contributing citizens. This creates a permanent underclass of entitlement slaves who willingly trade their freedom for free stuff.
Today, Uncle Sam has been replaced by his evil twin, Uncle SCAM, a corrupt, progressive gang of Washington Weasels (and no, that’s not a basketball team), determined to fundamentally transform America. Uncle SCAM doles out foreign aid to the enemies of liberty, runs guns to Mexico, Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Palestine, and pushes our ally, Israel, under the bus of Islamic tyranny. Uncle SCAM also diminishes America’s military strength while delivering bribes, military secrets, and traveling on non-stop apology tours that don’t win friends or influence allies abroad.
Today, We-the-People ask, “What happened to truth? Where is justice for the corrupt-o-crats responsible for Benghazi, IRS fiascos, Department of Justice law breakers, NSA snooping, surveillance, and tracking of citizens? Where is the hero who is going to step up and save our American way of life?”
Bad news: our heroes from the past are out of commission. Wonder Woman has hocked her golden lasso and Superman’s focus has shifted from seeking justice to seeking GPS instructions to the nearest doughnut shop.
Good news: we still have heroes. Would you like to meet an American hero filled with courage and passion to demand truth and justice?
Look in the mirror. Then decide to be the patriot you are. Make the decision to stand up and speak out along with millions of other American heroes who already are engaged in the civil rights battle to restore freedom, truth, and justice to America.