I don't even know how to begin this post. I don't know how to express my frustration with current events, and America as it is today. This is not the same country I grew up in, and it is most certainly not the way I want my kids to grow up. I absolutely love my country. I get chills every time I hear our National Anthem, I won't stand for disrespectful behavior to Ol' Glory or our Armed Forces, and I get so proud when I see our Flag flying in the Kansas wind, but we're not what we used to be.
What I want to do with this post is to simply let you know what I'm thinking. And as a millennial who cares about the direction her country is headed, I want to encourage others (old and young alike) to take the Constitution seriously. I am sick and tired of reading about those who undermine the very foundations upon which the United States of America was founded. I mean, if you hate my flag, why are you in my country?
I got mad the other day. Although I didn't outwardly show it, I was angered at the fact that someone tried to burn Ol' Glory. MY FLAG. The flag that (still) stands for freedom. AND SHE TRIED TO BURN IT. I just can't fathom that. But maybe that's just me. It wasn't just this one thing that made me upset though. It's the news in general. ISIS claims responsibility for [fill in the blank] attack. Or, Police Officer killed. Or... well, I'll just stop there.
I'm very patriotic, and I get defensive about things like this, so bear with me here.
How did we get to this point? What is the problem? What are we doing about it?
Now I'm asking myself these questions, and figuring out the answers. I think the problem is that we've pulled God out of most everything, and the result can be seen in the daily news headlines. People are dying, there's racism, hate speech, people going into the wrong bathrooms/dressing rooms, and presidential candidates who shouldn't make it to Office. Not what it was even ten years ago.
"May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please. but as the opportunity to do what is right." -Peter Marshall
What are we doing about it? What am I doing about it? I had to stop and think about this. What am I doing about the current state of this country? Well, what can I do?
First off, I can pray for our leaders. They need it as much as anybody. They are leading an entire country, after all!
I can also vote. Someone once told me that if you stay home, rather than vote, you might as well have voted for the other party. Example: The last election. I remember sitting in front of the computer with mom and dad, watching the live stream of what was happening with the election. It was Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, and though I was only 16, I was hanging on to my seat, waiting to see what the outcome would be. Greatly anticipating the announcement that Mr. Romney won, but it was not so. Over 3 million registered voters stayed home that day - many of them Christians. As a result, well... You know what we're going through now. I'm pretty sure our current president is Muslim, and is backing some Islamic groups. I am not going to go into that though.
Last, I can pass on the heritage. I've always been passionate about history. But not just any history - AMERICAN HISTORY. The history of this Great Nation. I can learn from our past, and pass on to my children the heritage that my parents passed on to me, and theirs to them. I can blog what I learn.
We can all do something! We SHOULD all be dong something, because as time goes on, America is becoming less free. I don't want to go into a political debate, but I believe we will lose it (freedom) altogether if Hillary Clinton is elected president.
Now, let me leave you with this:
"When the righteous triumph, there is great glory, but when the wicked rise, people hide themselves." -Proverbs 28:12
I'd like to encourage all of you to find and watch Dinesh D'Souza's America: Imagine the World Without Her. I think it is one of the best documentaries I've seen, and he's got a new one out, Hillary's America, that I am also looking forward to seeing soon.
Now, let us work together to keep this...
We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, 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.
And may we never forget those who have gone before us, who have laid the foundation of truth for this republic on which we stand, one Nation under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.