By LARRY M. JONES
During this past Fourth of July weekend, I did what I frequently do. I sat in my workshop enjoying a cool breeze, doing absolutely nothing except for trying to stay awake. As I looked to the south toward my shiny aluminum flagpole with Old Glory fluttering in that breeze, I did not feel the great patriotic sense of pride I normally have on this anniversary of the birth of our nation. Instead, I came very close to going out to the pole and lowering our national standard to half-mast to mourn the passing of our once great nation.
With regard to my feelings about the sickness of our country, I am reminded of John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, published in 1667. The poem portrays the Biblical story of the fall of man. Unable to resist the temptations of Satan, Adam and Eve’s greed and lust resulted in their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Their fall from grace is, in my mind, chillingly analogous to America’s devolution into a culture of entitlement, greed, immorality and disregard for the rule of law. This disregard for constitutional law is most conspicuously displayed by our highest level government leaders.
Despite what revisionist historians currently proclaim, the United States was founded on principles of Judeo-Christian faith — a God-fearing, English speaking nation comprised primarily of Europeans. We have been taught since earliest time that our country is a melting pot of liberty and freedom loving peoples seeking a better life in America. This was indeed true in early generations, but as our populace became more and more inclusive of extremely diverse cultures, this fabric that once held our nation together began to unravel. To bridge these chasms, we have been taught by our all-knowing leaders to recognize, celebrate and nourish this diversity and these differences. Sadly, this has tended to Balkanize our nation into groups based on cultural, ethnic, religious and language differences. The unity of the United States has taken on the homogeneity of oil and water. Our political climate is being driven by demands of various special interest groups and cultures.