During our last Erev Shabbat service, Rabbi Jem spoke about the founding of our country and the history of the 4th of July. We thanked God for life in America, and we sang the song I Vow To Thee My Country.
The song is a British anthem, but I love the lyrics because they speak about the love of God and country and our commitment to preserve them.
I'll be honest, my patriotism soured during the Obama years as I saw everything I loved trampled under the feet of ungodliness and the push for socialism. I watched our society decline quickly. He scorned our love of God and the Bible and praised his Islamic beliefs. He embraced the immorality of homosexuality, transgenderism, and abortion. He pushed for a socialist society and scolded America for colonialism. He disdained the American flag and kissed the ring of a Saudi Arabian king. He taught disrespect of our police force and encouraged violence against them. He almost destroyed our economy with his dismantling of our auto industry. He made dirty deals with Iran and other countries, putting in place tariffs and taxes that made companies leave our country behind. He attempted to put in place a socialist healthcare system that caused many doctors and healthcare professionals to leave their businesses. I could go on and on because the list of his destructive actions is long. This graphic outlines his agenda:
During those eight years, there were times I almost lost hope, but my husband's unfailing faith in God and this country sustained me. His knowledge of history, and his experience with God and the patriotism of likeminded people kept him grounded in the belief that America would rise up and recover from the ruinous attempts of Obama and his cohorts to destroy us. God heard our prayers and HE has turned things around by giving us President Trump.
I love the America I grew up in. I think my generation was the most blessed in the history of the United States because we experienced a very different society from what we've seen over the last thirty years since Ronald Raegan left office. President Trump is also of that generation. We're called Baby Boomers, born following World War II, we experienced a booming economy and a faith-based society. We were taught by The Greatest Generation, parents who'd experienced war and the Great Depression. Those two events grounded them in faith in God and country, and thankfully those ideals were passed on to us. We grew up in a society that loved and respected God, our country, our military and police, our teachers and others in authority, each other, and ourselves. We were taught to
work for a living, provide for our families, and discipline our children.
Now, it is up to us to cling tightly to those ideals and pass them on to our children, grandchildren, and anyone else with whom we interact. We have so many avenues today that we can use to proclaim our beliefs -- social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, blogs like this, and even writing and publishing our own books are just a few. Let's take advantage of those things to share these society-preserving beliefs with others.
Obama, and his ilk, greatly underestimated Americans. Our patriotism and love of American ideals run deeps. His attempt to turn us into globalists, socialists, and blind followers of nonsense failed miserably. America is awake and, with God's help, we will make America great again.