A Bittersweet Fourth

It’s just one day from one of our most cherished national holidays, Independence Day. There will be parades, ceremonies, family re-unions and of course, untold numbers of fireworks celebrations.

Are you feeling the same anticipation and jubilation as you’ve felt in previous years? Or is there a certain foreboding beginning to cloud what was once an unbridled national patriotism we celebrated with abandon? There are quite a few major annoyances we’ll have to overlook this year if we’re to enjoy the kind of joyous 4th of July that is our tradition.

All of us in the working class are seeing our standard of living come under duress due to the wild run up in energy prices. Many staples that contribute directly to our quality of life have become less affordable, and most predictions reflect an outlook without improvement. If you’ve been able to stand the news analysis and debate programs, you’re aware that many aspects of our present situation are self-inflicted! And many of our governmental representatives are determined that Americans should continue to suffer major economic setbacks because “oil makes us sick, coal makes us sick,” to quote one particularly high profile Senator.

Accurate assessments and arguments are being made all day and night long in certain aspects of the media. They are so obvious and apparent that I’m simply not going to insult your intelligence by running through the list of available methods and locations of vast energy resources that, despite idiotic claims to the contrary could turn the situation around fairly quickly. For some reason, it’s getting difficult to trust the assessments of people who were instrumental in creating the situation in which we find ourselves! If they have their way, energy prices will continue to spiral until that magic moment somewhere in the distant future when alternative technology becomes feasible. Maybe mother earth’s “fever” can be brought under control!

Not so long ago, America recognized the source of its fantastic natural resources. We, almost universally, realized that our very existence was made possible by a string of most unlikely coincidences our founders recognized as “Divine Providence.”

At a time when many of the world’s formerly socialist nations are beginning to dig themselves out of the poverty and blight of their ruinous ideology, many in the U.S. are panting to adopt it! Let’s nationalize EVERYTHING. The oil industry, transportation, health care, you name it; some want GOVERNMENT to control it. It’s obvious the worst fears of the founders are beginning to play out. And some of us believe they were inspired and led by God.

Our country needs to turn to God, not only for help with so many of the nightmarish developments, but to help get rid of these arrogant anti-God, anti-American politicians who are busily wrecking what He’s provided. It must be an accident of evolution that America has vast energy reserves within easy reach. But we care so much for the earth that we’d rather see the whole country, including our children and grandchildren suffer so these arrogant policy makers can strut their vain righteousness.

This quote from Abraham Lincoln was included in our most recent monthly letter, but nothing else sums up our current national economic and political situation as well, so here it is again.

“We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven. We have been preserved, these many years in peace and prosperity. We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown; but we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own…”

As we celebrate the 4th this year, we ought to bear in mind the words and warnings of our founders, and hope it’s not too late to turn this juggernaut around. We still have a tremendous amount to be thankful for, and to celebrate. Don’t let this little tirade spoil it. I’m hoping you won’t read it until the fifth! God bless America!

Mark Armstrong

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