Time for all Americans to be Americans
What does it mean to you to be an American? Perhaps that is a very broad question and no doubt there are as many answers as there are citizens of this great country.
And speaking of our great country, let’s suggest a few things that have formed the foundation of this greatness. First of all, we began as one nation under God. Yes the phrase is actually still in our Pledge of Allegiance. Secondly, there is the Constitution of the United States developed by our founding fathers and empowered into being by the States. And thirdly, the frameworks of a unique government like none other before it that provides checks and balances to assure that the citizen class is never ignored in order to carry out the will of the people.
With the above foundations in place, guess what happens next? This country grows faster and stronger and freer than any other before it. And in just over 200 years we have been
transformed from small colonies of people to the greatest nation in the world. So what has happened? Why does it seem we are in meltdown?
Now if you are like me, you probably have lived all your life in this country characterized as one of the most affluent, industrious, militarily strong and free nations on all the earth. Has anything happened in these United States that you would consider threatening to any of those characteristics? Yes perhaps it is a baited question. But stop and consider how long it has taken for the majority of the populace to “wake up” and see that the threat is indeed very real and the times are dire for a return to what made this country great.
It is good to have various factions, parties, movements, etc such as Democrats, Republicans, Constitutionalists, Independents, and Tea Parties to influence law making in these United States. But here is the challenge I issue, “now is the time for all good citizens to come to the aid of their country”[i]. It is time for us to just be Americans and save our country.
Come on folks, admit it. How many of us researched the voting records of the candidates elected in the last few years? Remember it is not what they say, but what they have done that provides the best picture of how a candidate will perform in a public office role in serving the electorate.
But what makes it all seem so futile, is if we were to manage to elect leaders who would be loyal to the Constitution and serve selflessly to preserve, defend and protect it, would our government hold together? It is doubtful for one reason. Our most important and foundational principle is that we be one nation under God. If we do not acknowledge His hand upon us and request His guidance as a people, as a nation, as a government of leaders, then America’s days are numbered. It may require our abandoning name tags and parties.
What is a country worth to us? Nothing can be more precious than what we have been privileged to have been given by our founding fathers. It is time we bond together to be first and foremost, Americans. Then we will be able to return America to its majestic greatness it has shown throughout its short history. But again, we have to humble ourselves as a nation and seek the Lord our God with all our heart and He will hear us and restore our honor as a one nation under God. As history has illustrated, this is what it takes to be American. Truly the time is now for all of us Americans to be American.