President Lincoln, quoted the New Testament, and said, “A house divided cannot stand.”
Since the 1960s cultural rebellions by the children of the day, America has been slowly and inexorably torn asunder. We have been split along racial lines, in the name of racial equality. We have been split along sex lines, in the name of love, peace, and harmony. We have seen rabid separation along political lines to the point where a sitting president can feel safe in physically threatening the lives of political opponents and never be held accountable. We have seen the dumbing down of America’s children through K-12 Education, and then the propagandization of those minds in colleges. We have seen neighbors trying to help neighbors and had the fist of government, wielded by petty authoritarians, create angst and trouble. We have witnessed a complicit and biased media throw away common sense for political power, and openly aid and abet criminals in their work of destroying America.
Worst of all, we have seen activist judges usurp power from the legislative and executive branches and creating laws for America from whole cloth. Members of the House and Senate, the legislative branch, now regularly feel they can usurp the powers of the executive with the help of the judicial branch and their media cheerleaders. We have seen the executive branch crumble, and American’s have died with no help ever arriving.
All these problems and more have torn at the basic and fundamental power American’s have always held, unity. Unity born of hope, fed a diet of accomplishment, nurtured with education and exposure to work. The unity of farmers has seen America fed. The unity of churches has seen America support religious freedoms and become a bulwark to religious beliefs. The unity of schools of higher education kept standards for academic performance that paved the way for great minds to leave academia prepared to lead industries and stand against tyranny and oppression. The unity of the states has allowed America to weather fires, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and every other natural disaster.
Unity of being “AMERICAN,” UN-hyphenated, whole, and linked with other American’s has seen compassion thrive, poverty fought, and hunger abated. Americans, (Ah Me I Can) is a statement of power. The power of “I can” built the Panama Canal and changed the world. When hundreds of people committed, who were and accustomed to the motivating power of “I Can” and stood shoulder to shoulder, two World Wars were fought and won, hundreds of brush-fire wars were scuttled and despots removed for the betterment of society.
When America forgot the power of “I Can” Vietnam fell into disarray and ruin and those who lost lives never came home. Cuba and Venezuela have been lost to communism and tyranny. The Ukraine has all but become a territory of Russia. Alliances have been written off, red-lines crossed with impunity, and more people have lost their lives. The political left was able to force shame upon the body of America, and in so doing captured power that never should have been theirs. Refusing America, the ability of coming together and unifying after Vietnam, the political left kept pushing new powers of separation, new lines of contention, and new causes for concern until chaos reigns and terrorists can be called “peaceful protestors.”
America has suffered since the 1960s from the disease of disunity. We have failed to grasp the power we all possess, which is exponentially greater than the sum of our individual numbers, when we boldly stand and commit to “I Can” America’s enemies quake and pale. Combined, “I Can” does not become “We Can.” Combined, the power of “I Can,” is a force greater than “We” because each person shoulders their own load, looks after their own families and friends first, and in doing so multiplies the power of “I Can” into the wonder and majesty that has lured millions of people to come to America and become citizens; that is unity in action!
- A house divided cannot stand. A house divided cannot long endure. A house divided is weak and ready to be pushed over and destroyed.
- A unified house can stand. A unified house can long endure. A unified house is strong and pushes back against all the winds that blow.
A principle that the political left has failed to grasp and refuses to believe, we can have differences in opinion and still be unified in purpose. Americans have always been contentiously unified, we have regularly disagreed about ways and means, but until the 1960s cultural revolutions we remained unified in purpose, unified in belief, and unified under the rule of law. America, we must return to being unified or we will lose this the Republic of the United States of America!
Consider how normal it has become to castigate California and New York for pushing America ever progressively leftist, socialist, and communist. While states like Oregon, Washington, New Mexico, and others are quietly moving socialist at the same or faster rates. Instead of fighting back against this intrusion, the political leaders have embraced something that is fundamentally anathema to the majority of Americans, the loss of America. But, these politicians could do this, because the citizenry have been so wrapped up in petty separations foisted upon us by the same people trying to destroy us. We have lost our purpose, had our unity shredded, and remain in danger of losing America.
An example, illegal immigration. If you support the rule of law, and fair play, you would see illegal immigration closed for the good of all current and future immigrants. But, between rabid and hostile factions, a complicit media, the person opposed to illegal immigration is castigated, denigrated, and derided; while, those who are for illegal immigration, law breaking, and chaos are heralded as heroes. Simple right and wrong, many of us were taught at our parent’s knee, but the issue has been twisted and warped until confusion reigns and the issue now divides homes, families, and communities.
One might ask, what is the purpose of America; the US Constitution’s preamble gives this answer clearly.
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America” [Emphasis Mine].
That is why America was created, the US Constitution written, and blood shed to establish this country. Establish justice, create domestic tranquility, improve the general welfare, secure the blessings of liberty for ourselves and our children, and provide a common defense, which leads to a more perfect union. All this is possible through unity in purpose, where we the citizens of America understand the rule of law is a tool to meet our obligations.
Want to know how far we have fallen from being unified in purpose, look at the hostility heaped upon a person not wearing a mask in a grocery store. Look at the vile and pernicious comments left when a police officer is killed. Check out the hate and discontent when you simply praise on social media the sitting president for accomplishing peace deals in the Middle East. That is where disunity and all the petty lines of separation have left America.
Today’s America is full of hyphenated Americans, “Black-American,” “Irish-American,” “Mexican-American,” and the list goes on. Today’s America is full of petty and pernicious lines of separation, Republican, Democrat, Atheist, Catholic, Protestant, and so many more. Today’s America is full of hate, spite, envy, malice, and every type of egotistical maelstrom possible to keep feeding the fires that separate, divide, and destroy. It has gotten to a point that what one watches, or does not watch on TV is now prey for creating and casting aspersions, insults, derogatory commentary, or worse physical/mental abuse and violence.
Why is America different, because our unity has always been our strength. But, the strength of unity is like a muscle, if not used regularly it begins to shrink and atrophy. President Lincoln said,
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave and half free.
I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.
It will become all one thing or all the other.
Either the opponents of slavery, will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new — North as well as South.”
Right now, America is in the same place as when President Lincoln made these remarks. We are divided; make no mistake. Either the opponents of America will destroy America, shred the Constitution, and remake the laws to fit their own idiocy catapulting America in socialism and thence to communism. Or. America will unify, rediscover her purpose, discover she is strong, and begin to thwart the evil plans of her opponents who have been elected as political leaders, placed into professorships, and held in other offices of power by the enemies of the state.
President Lincoln’s full address can be found here and represents a blueprint for how America found herself in the first Civil War. Pray that we quickly learn the lessons of unity, that a second Civil War is not necessary! America must put on her strength, what strength must she put on, unity of purpose. Casting off the chains of separation, classification, and division, and embracing unity to conquer the political will and wiles of the socialists, communists, anarchists, and fascists who have taken advantage of America’s hospitality.
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