By Pastor Ed Evans
Righteous anger and indignation has its limits, and at some point caring people must speak up -- or explode. We’ve seen some explosions recently, AKA violence.
I just watched the CBS Evening news for July 11th, 2016, and the limit has been reached in this quarter.
This essay will probably lose me friends, but what I am about to say cries out to be said, and I see no one else saying it. If you need to defriend me, cross me off your Christmas card list, tell others “I told you so,” go for it. In the greater scheme of things I, and my opinions, are of little importance. I would wish that those with more importance, greater audiences, and more power to impact American society and our cultural ethics would speak up about these issues. But I’m not seeing it, so while I am only one, I am one American. I am one proud to be an American, honored that I had the opportunity, on four battlefields, to defend the freedoms of this nation; honored that my wife and I have launched four adult sons and one adult daughter into the American nation who have no desire to do harm to others, who believe in integrity and personal responsibility.
The righteous anger and indignation of which I speak has been building for some time. It is partly borne of watching elected officials fawn like schoolchildren seeking favors, avoiding responsible action, indulging in petulant finger-pointing when they should be leading the way to seeking and supporting real answers to real problems affecting real people. That is why they were elected. Instead they chain dance behind their chosen political party, engage in smearing the efforts and candidates from opposing political parties, merely muddying the water and driving away creative solutions.
What finally drove me to set down in black and white the indignation I am feeling was the CBS Evening news coverage showing testimony by the Director of the FBI and “explanations” by Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton about the FBI Director’s decision not to recommend prosecution regarding her use of unprotected, unofficial emails while Secretary of State. It does not seem to matter that people of lesser social rank, who also mishandled classified information, regardless of intent, have lost their jobs, been fined, and have been jailed.
It should not be lost on us that Hillary Clinton initially claimed her emails had not included any classified information. This was proven to be a lie when the FBI Director disclosed her emails included 23,035 pieces of classified information, data which we can safely assume is now in the hands of other nations to America’s disadvantage. And if that were not bad enough, the same people now have access to all those emails between Hillary Clinton and others, which should provide a rich field for blackmail on a national and international scale of the candidate should she become President.
But my real question is why are we even still discussing this?
We know from Congressional hearings the part this woman, and others, played in the horrible abandonment and deaths of four Americans in Benghazi. Beyond that, the Internet has been alive with a long list of deaths, legal infractions, and scandalous peccadillos that makes the Clinton family look like a ripe target for RICO charges of organized gang activity.
As an American, as a military veteran and patriot, as a father, a husband, and an ordained minister of Jesus Christ, I strenuously object to being played for a fool, object to the supposition I cannot discern good and evil, truth and lie for what they are; object beyond measure to the criminal treatment besieging my beloved country.
Nevertheless, the offensive political atmosphere is only a portion of my complaint about the current attempt to dumb down this nation and malign the integrity of its citizens. Alphabetically, my complaints would run the gamut from abortion as the murder of disenfranchised infants – if Black Lives truly Matter, they need to begin at the abortion clinics! – to blatant lies by America’s political elite, to foolhardy economics being approved at the highest levels of government to support nations foreign to our interests, build Islam mosques, and purchase weapons for other nations which will one day be turned on us, as history has shown.
This is what I want:
All those who consider yourselves a member of a race before you consider yourselves Americans -- stand down. The equality spoken of in the U.S. Constitution (14th Amendment) and all ten amendments of the Bill of Rights means everyone has the opportunity to be equal. No one is more equal than anyone else. If you don’t feel you have equal opportunities, then work to change that. Violence is not the answer. Stomping your food and demanding others give you what you will not work for to attain for yourself, won’t work.
If you have immigrated to this nation illegally, go home. Go home and work to change your home country into what you want it to be, as Americans have done, shedding their blood, committing their lives, their fortunes and their futures to achieve what we have. We did not do it so those not familiar with how we got here can come in and change America back to a third world banana republic. “Illegal” means you committed a crime in sneaking in here. You are welcome to come in legally, work for a season, and then return home. If you want to stay here, go home and immigrate legally, as many others have done.
If you have immigrated to this nation legally, something about this nation must have impressed you. With all respect to your prior experiences, learn what it means to be an American, and be an American, not some hyphenated halfway American. If you are not happy with America as your home, go home. To all others, welcome aboard. Glad you are here.
Presidents, Congressmen, Senators, you need to re-read your oath of office, and note that you are accepting responsibility for the protection and betterment of the nation and its people. There is nothing in the oath of office about your elected office being a career choice, about feathering your own nest and building a war chest for the next election, about decision-making being based upon the precepts of your political party, or about being re-elected. We the People come first. If that makes no sense to you, offends you, doesn’t work for you, turn the lights out and go home. Demonstrate some self respect.
Integrity, dedication, truthfulness must be restored to those in federal service, whether elected, appointed, or just hired. The ship of state is continually running aground because of underhanded dealings, scams, chicanery, illegal and personal deals by those in public office. When wrong-doing is uncovered, responsible people take action, and there are consequences, not cover-ups.
The world remains an unsafe and often ugly place, and the state of a nation’s security forces is critical. Using those armed forces as replacements for hard-fought diplomacy, as bargaining chips at budget time, and as social experiments to check-off political points is not only unbelievably foolish, but sets the nation at a risk level which may not be restored. The world changes, opportunities change, the nature and power and intent of once-allies change. The U.S. Military has a purpose. Fund it properly, leave it alone, and get out of its way.
Finally, while there is a coterie of those who would argue America’s Christian beginnings, nevertheless, our history and the intents of our forefathers rest upon the search for liberty to worship in freedom, and the early predominance was for the Christian religion. Over our 240 years, Americans have learned to share that freedom perhaps beyond even what our forefathers envisioned. As a people we make room for those who wish to worship within the framework of their upbringing, and according to their conscience. That said, the unparalleled violence associated with the Islamic religion requires a closer look at what it is. Islam, historically, is not a pure religion, but a religious oligarchy, that is, an organization forever seeking conquest through religion. Under this organizational definition, borne out by the growth and conquest of Islam itself, Islam does not qualify as a “religion” meriting the protection of religion through the U.S. Constitution. For acceptance of Islam within the United States means protection of a force seeking the overthrow of the government of the United States. The adherents to Islam need to step back from their support of jihad, renounce violence and their religion’s stated purpose of conquest. If that is not acceptable, Islam must be banned, as it was originally by the 1952 Immigration and Nationality Act.. H.R.13342; Pub.L. 414;182 Stat.66, which in Section 212, Chapter 2, prohibits entry into America any immigrants belonging to an organization seeking the unlawful overthrow of the federal government of the United States by force, violence and other unconstitutional means. Islam has already been banned in Japan, Angola, and China, and declared a non-religion in Italy.
So the message is that if you come to America to live, whatever your skin color, original nationality or religion, come to be an American, not to change us to your ways. Or, if you can’t or won’t do this, stay home. Choice is yours.
For the rest of you involved in un-American activities, knock it off, or leave. If you don’t know what it means to be an American, find out and adjust. Or leave.
Face it, for those of us who were born here, grew up here, studied American history and civics, and have grandchildren and great-grandchildren to whom we want to bequeath this great country, we have nothing to lose and a nation to gain; a nation we love.
I close this with the words of two of America’s presidents. First, George W. Bush: “"There is only one force of history that can break the reign of hatred and resentment, and expose the pretensions of tyrants, and reward the hopes of the decent and tolerant, and that is the force of human freedom."
And secondly, John F. Kennedy: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge--and more.”
Behind every blade of beautiful American grass, an American.