Forty years ago today, the United States of America landed two men on the Moon. To say that it was the crowning achievement of what a peaceful application of technology can achieve is a grossly understated description of the accomplishment of a nation. This moment, I believe, was the greatest technological advance ever made that was not associated with war. While many may argue that we were indeed in a “Cold War” with our ideological enemies at the time, it cannot be argued that the advances made in this effort benefited humans around the world.
We, as Americans, citizens of the United States, were able to stand upon the world stage in 1969 and declare ourselves and our country proud of the accomplishment. We knew who we were, what we stood for, and could state that this is what our country could accomplish once we set our minds to the task. We had the freedom to accomplish whatever goals we set before ourselves, and not follow any one else’s lead in achieving those goals. We stood for what a free society could achieve
What a difference forty years makes…
Our free society is now following in the footsteps of Socialist-leaning Europe despite the warnings blaring from that continent. Our national policies are now bordering on appeasement of our enemies and snubbing of our allies. Our economic engines, manufacturing and innovation, are under attack from abroad without any restrictions or reciprocal agreements with other nations for parity. Last, our government is taking steps to exert more and more control over the individual citizens’ lives all in the name of making things better for us in the midst of an economic crisis largely created by the government itself.
Our national image has also changed. We are no longer respected by our friends nor feared by our enemies, and quite frankly, have lost our position as a nation to be reckoned with. Our Country is no longer considered a leader of the world, but just another country that must be put in its place by the rest of the world. Yes, the world is a different place today than the good-vs-evil of years ago. But the world is no less dangerous than what it was – only the names of the players have changed. But our national image has virtually been destroyed.
Our nation has become a nation of followers, from everything from adopting a nationalized healthcare system to combating “global warming” to equating our country to the many countries ruled by despots, dictators, and warlords. Our elected leaders apologize and genuflect themselves to other countries where no such action is warranted nor is expected. Our national identity is in crisis, and our leaders, who should be the country’s biggest cheerleaders, have become the biggest critics and copycats.
Yes, we can piss, moan, and bitch about what the “good old days” were really like, and pick faults from all eras of our country’s history and assign blame, but that will not make things any better. Neither will angry ranting (unless, there is a method to the madness) until we realize where the fault really lies. You won’t like the answer…
The fault lies with us, the American citizen, who seems to squander their vote every election cycle. We vote on charisma, promises, and what the government vis-a-vis the politician can do for us instead of their qualifications and what is right for the country. All one has to do to look at the current state of affairs and all the proof of the preceding statement is there for all to see. Promises of hope, change, and transparency have dissolved into hopelessness for millions, change for the worse, and impenetrable walls with no end in the foreseeable future. Yes, we got what we elected, and we are the worse off for it.
Our nation has lost its way. Short of a Second American Revolution, you, the American Citizen, must contact your elected representatives at the Local, State, and Federal levels and express your opinion on what your duly-elected representative must do to restore this country to its rightful standing in the world. You do not need to wait for the next election to make your views known.
This is your right, paid by the blood of our armed forces, pledged by the Founders of this Country, and guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States. Use it.