“If it be the pleasure of Heaven that my country shall require the poor offering of my life, the victim shall be ready, at the appointed hour of sacrifice, come when that hour may. But while I do live, let me have a country, and that a free country.” – John Adams (our first vice president and second president)

“Posterity – you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” – John Quincy Adams from his diary (John Adams’ son, and our sixth president)

Well, folks: How are we doing?

A recent Gallup poll indicates that America is now the most polarized in its history. I submit to you this is by design. The elitists in D.C. and on the East Coast have gerrymandered safe congressional seats for themselves and with their rhetoric and policies polarized states into red and blue, where the presidential election is barely a contest.

This has enabled our “leaders” to confine national elections to a handful of purple states, where they can employ large sums of money (of dubious origin) and enjoy the support of a corrupt media machine Joseph Goebbels would have envied.

Elections are now decided not by the free flow of ideas and an educated and informed electorate, but by the free flow of taxpayer goodies to the most ignorant and clueless voters, to encourage them to mail in their ballots or show up at the polls (or both), accompanied by their deceased friends.

Party affiliation trumps oath of office for both parties. Incumbent politicians have become the biggest threat to our liberties, as they introduce new laws on gun control, warrant-less domestic surveillance and conduct military shows of force in our nation’s cities. (Apparently, their illegal federal police force is not enough to insure their next election victory.)

The courts have ruled that mere citizens have no standing to cause the removal of politicians serving in violation of their oath of office, or who lack the necessary constitutional qualifications for the office they hold.

Immense sums of money are spent on illegal wars, for which Congress has never issued a constitutionally required declaration of war. Taxes are collected from the population to support these wars. Military generals obediently prosecute these wars, knowing they also are violating their oath of office and responsibility to the citizens who pay them.

Public-sector unions have bled the taxpayer dry with salaries and benefits rivaled only by those of our elected government “servants.” The product of their effort speaks for itself on the nightly news. The unions’ forced campaign contributions, collected by government authorization from workers’ paychecks, are soon returned to friendly politicians by labor organizers who want to further extend the reach of the union and the bureaucratic machinery.

Private enterprise, which is expected to pay for all this insanity, is sinking below the surface for the third time. Those who still survive are quietly outsourcing jobs, or themselves moving outside American borders.

Lady Liberty will have to be reinvented for today’s America. I suggest a big banner promising taxpayer subsidies to the world’s down and out, with her other hand holding a machine gun aimed at the productive to keep them from leaving the nation’s shores. The latter worked for the communists in the Soviet Union for 70 years.

“And now, Almighty Father, if it is Thy holy will that we shall obtain a place and name among the nations of the earth, grant that we may be enabled to show our gratitude for Thy goodness by our endeavors to fear and obey Thee. Bless us with Thy wisdom in our counsels, success in battle, and let all our victories be tempered with humanity. Endow, also, our enemies with enlightened minds, that they become sensible of their injustice, and willing to restore our liberty and peace. Grant the petition of Thy servant, for the sake of Him whom Thou hast called Thy beloved Son; nevertheless, not my will, but Thine be done.” – (Gen. George Washington’s prayer upon announcing to his troops France’s entry into the American War for Independence)

Rest in peace, Gen. Washington. We have indeed obtained our place among the nations of the earth. But I doubt you and those who have given their lives throughout the years for this nation would approve.

More importantly for America, the only God who matters does not approve, either. America’s churches would do well to remember that no nation in history has ever spit in God’s face and long lived to tell about it.

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