It took time for America to become a nation, lots of time. Simply discovering and refining its geographical status while staving off foreign intervention turned out to be a project that required hardiness and valor, plus vigilance and perseverance along with a thirst for excitement and adventure all balanced by the expansion of mercantile capability, the establishment of law and order, and the slow development of a stable local society.
All of these ingredients plus a couple of additions are reflected in the design of our nation’s flag: 13 red (signifying hardiness and valor) and white (signifying purity and innocence) stripes, and a blue (the color of the Chief and signifying vigilance, perseverance and justice) band above them containing 50 stars, one for each state.
America was built, sustained, and has grown through the labor and sacrifices of its inhabitants and for centuries has successfully withstood the challenges supplied by nature. It has absorbed a multitude of immigrants from other nations who understood what made its culture different from other countries and were willing to acclimate in order to improve their opportunities for a more rewarding life. These newcomers eventually became a part of the communities around them and even if the process was not immediate and without friction they managed to find enough common ground to build a foundation of moral, religious, educational, legal and social agreement that allowed what some have termed “the great experiment” to continue.
Up until now.
Even a brief review of history will convince a perceptive observer that great nations have been destroyed by rot from within usually abated and encouraged thru actions precipitated by envious and/or malignant neighbors who engaged in a specific type of warfare, the art of creating divisiveness.
Unity is not easily achieved. Those of us with a military background are diligently taught that in order to function well (and survive) we must become proficient at working together to achieve specific goals and during this process a forming a strong bond which when maintained enables groups to reach levels of achievement mostly unattainable through individual efforts. Winning sports teams if properly led and motivated fit the same pattern as do many social constructs such as churches, fraternal organizations and clubs. A key component in all of these examples is trust not only in leadership but also in the other participants around you. If trust and/or friendship deteriorates then unity begins to fray and will eventually dissolve, frequently followed by anarchy.
Anarchy features riots, looting, property destruction and physical abuse and is fed by mob mentality based on manipulated emotional response. Some postulate that chaos and destruction are the answer to righting egregious wrongs and we currently see that concept in action. During this course of events innocent bystanders can harmed, property destroyed and consequently anger fueled within splinter groups.
Such outbreaks, although seemingly spontaneous, are not infrequently carefully planned, subsidized and directed by organizations dedicated to “changing America” which translates into “doing things our way” thus circumnavigating the existing moral, social and legal means of governing. If coupled with a carefully engineered erosion of trust in leadership and a violent assault against the stability of shared tradition and values (such as destruction of monuments and other cultural icons and most importantly free speech) the pathway opens to rule by mob or even “benevolent dictatorship”.
Pitting factions against each other as a means of maintaining power and control is a classic technique employed by any number of both active and would-be ruling classes. It is truly unfortunate here in our country that it is commonly found in not only in today’s politicians but also utilized by those who seek to benefit by usurping positions of power by any means they see fit.
In America we have a time-tested means of making adjustments to our government; the vote. Our Representative Republic has long persevered over illegitimate attempts to wrest power from the majority of its citizens. Now we are faced with the prospects of mob rule and anarchy. There are many in elected positions willing to avoid the responsibilities that they have sworn to uphold for the public good and unwilling to stand up against the illegal actions of a few whose intentions are to destroy the United States so that they can rebuild our country to fit failed ideologies of the past.
Only by informed and ethical voting motivated by the best interests of all of our citizens in mind can we achieve unity and retain our freedom.