|Happy Birthday America
would like to take this opportunity to wish America a Happy Birthday.
I think the 4th of July is an excellent time to reflect on our
great country – where we’ve been, where we are, and
where we’re headed.
Where we’ve been is a remarkable story. The recent HBO mini-series
on John Adams brought into focus the incredible good fortune America had
by having the caliber of men and women who all came together for a common
goal - the birth of America. I am humbled when I think about all they sacrificed
so that we can enjoy our life here.
Thinking about where we are is not as much fun. Access to healthcare, the
environment, education, and the war in Iraq are troubling issues that need
serious attention. We as a country are selling our souls to China - finding
something “Made in America” is rare.
The price of gas forces people to make serious decisions – like whether
to eat or buy gas, or which kidney to sell in order to buy the next tank.
I saw a letter to the editor recently that explained it all. The reason
gas is so high is because the democrats have polices that forces the price
up. I’m sure if I had read further, another writer would accuse the
republicans of mismanagement and other tomfoolery.
The fact is there are many complicated reason for the price of gas. The
emerging oil thirsty economies of China, India and Korea have dramatically
increased the demand for fuel. As anyone who has ever taken basic economics
understands that when demand goes up and the supply remains constant, the
price will go up. You can validate this fact by checking the current prices
of waterfront property on Smith Lake.
Another reason is that Americans have been blasé about the emerging
oil crisis. When all the foreign car makers were building hybrids, and
making their cars more fuel efficient, American manufacturers stuck their
heads in the sand. Why did they do that – because when the going
gets rough, we Americans buy Hummers and other gas guzzling vehicles.
So where are we headed? Again, there is a lot of debate. I read on the
Internet (so it must be true, right?) that if Obama wins the presidency
he is changing the motto of our country to “In Allah We Trust.” I
also have it on good authority that if elected, he plans to replace all
the Gideon Bibles at the Jameson Inn with Korans.
I read that if McCain is president, he plans to send all Mexicans (including
Puerto Ricans and Cubans) back to Mexico whether they were born here or
not. Another email said that he has an illegitimate child and has an unnatural
affection of farm animals. OK, you know I’m making this up, but a
lot of the stuff we are hearing is just as absurd.
The extreme factions on both sides of the political landscape are relentlessly
pulling in opposite directions and common sense has become a thing of the
Back during WWII, we faced what seemed like insurmountable odds, but as
a nation, we all pulled together for the common good.
I think America is approaching a crossroads. We can continue divided and
self destruct or we can head down a new path. We can find common ground
and use common sense to forge a new reality – a new direction and
a new future for America.
My prayer for America on her two hundred and thirty second birthday is
that we take the latter path.