The U.S.A. was once a country that stood for good morals and values. Not any longer.
O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
I could be mistaken, as often times I am, but it seems to me that the United States of America has lost its direction; that it is no longer “America the Beautiful”. While I am aware that this country has “a checkered past” (1), we seem to lowering the bar of integrity, honesty, and morality. The USA once was globally viewed as the nation that exemplified what it meant to have a good heart and to “play the game square” (in an honest, straightforward manner). While there has always been “bad apples” in the bunch, as a whole, citizens of the USA preferred and upheld a lifestyle that was devoid of improper thoughts, words, and deeds. In fact, such a lifestyle was once the impetus for many to immigrate to the USA. Now it seems that the majority of immigrants to this once great nation are either here for the hand-outs or to destroy it from the inside-out.
Perhaps it has always been true that it takes a lot of money to run for “the highest office in the land”, I don’t really know. But I can remember as a child repeatedly hearing that the beauty of our Democratic Republic, was that any United States citizen could become President of the United States of America. I firmly believe that for this very reason, people with good sense but near empty pockets, are – by nature of their lack of funding – automatically excluded from pursuing political office. Therefore, we have a system today that is more about gaining the support of BIG BUSINESS and SUPER PACS, than it is about who genuinely desires to hold office to do good for everyone, and not simply politically ambitious people looking to build their personal legacy. That is why there have been so few reputable(2) American Presidents since JFK held the office of President of the USA.
NOTE: I have no political agenda to press here. I am simply stating what I see as contributing factors to the decline of America as a world leader of all that is good and right.
Now I realize that the premise of the Democratic Republic in the United States is to have a “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, [that] shall not perish from the Earth.” – Abraham Lincoln.
Unfortunately, it seems the THE PEOPLE think this is a Democracy where the majority counts and the minority must simply deal with it and get over it. But that is not the way a Democratic Republic works. Yet even our leaders seemingly prefer a “majority rules” system, especially as it benefits their agenda of having and maintaining a self-centered lifestyle.
Perhaps this has always been true and I simply bought into the propaganda that such was not, nor is not, the case here in the USA. But as we look at the moral and financial decline of America over the last 50 or so years, and the history that we have shamelessly failed to learn from, it is only a matter of WHEN, NOT IF, this country collapses under the weight of its own greed and immorality ((see the article, “Democracy vs. Republic“)).
Note that the PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE is no longer recited daily in our public schools. And if it were, it would probably have been edited to something like this;
I Pledge Allegiance, to the flag, of the United States of Avarice; and to the Debauchery for which it stands, one Nation that people used to respect and treasure, that is no longer united under God, wrought with divisiveness, with liberty and justice for those that can afford it.
(1) “The figurative idea behind chequered is of alternations of good and bad, like the colours of the squares on the board. As well as a chequered past, you can talk about a chequered history or a chequered career.” WORLD WIDE WORDS.ORG
(2) reputable – having a good reputation; “a reputable business”; “a reputable scientist”; “a reputable wine”
honourable, honorable – worthy of being honored; entitled to honor and respect; “an honorable man”; “led an honorable life”; “honorable service to his country”
respectable – characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals; “a respectable woman”
disreputable – lacking respectability in character or behavior or appearance
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.