Oh, yes, in a classic case of overreach is Obama's illegal, or worse, unconstitutional Executive Order granting relief from deportation to millions of illegal immigrants. And there is the Ferguson, Mo. tempest where racial tensions are, but need not be at a flashpoint.
But, as one who has experienced many of the ups and downs of life, I still remember from a decade ago a daily devotional that appeared in the holder perched on the windowsill above the kitchen sink. It stated:
"For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying. Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land." ~ Deuteronomy 15:11.
I have long written about the challenges that confront the United States at home and abroad. This Thanksgiving serves to illuminate and emphasize them making this a bittersweet year. At home, Americans live in a land flowing with milk and honey; it is a land of plenty; a land of abundant natural resources and for the most part wonderful people. And in all its abundance there are the poor, needy, and lost of American society. When a devotee poured very expensive ointment on Jesus and some said, this should have been sold and given to the poor, Jesus remonstrated his disciples, ."..ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good:..."
The United States was brought into being as a nation under God through spiritual insights and wisdom of the Founding Fathers and bequeathed to this present generation through innumerable patriotic acts of bravery, valor and love. Today, many, perhaps most, do not comprehend or appreciate the breadth of freedom enjoyed here; freedom made more precious in light of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001 and followed by a decade of combat. Americans can enjoy freedom because it is daily being underwritten by Marines, soldiers, sailors, airmen and others who put their lives on the line to protect it today and preserve it for future generations.
Too often we become engrossed in ourselves failing to see how wonderful this God-given land is for all who abide here; and for those who seek to come here, even illegally, the present focus of Obama's dubious if not illegal actions. Yet, it is important to understand from whence we came and who we are lest we diminish ourselves, and jeopardize ours and our children's future. For this reason I often reflect on the founding documents, upon the great deeds of the nation's forefathers; and yes, sadly and with a heavy and penitent heart for our Nation, their misdeeds of which enshrinement of slavery in the Constitution (which, for low information readers was abolished by the 13th Amendment) was the most egregious, as well as this present generation's misdeeds on both sides of the racial and political divide.
I realize that it disturbs some that I refer to the Christian character of the Founders and their vision for America. That Christian reality in no way diminishes the contributions of others whether freeman or slave, rich or poor, "Jew or Greek," but contrary to Obama's false claim, virtually no Muslims. This Nation of immigrants has made America exceptional, where even the child of a white American woman and a Kenyan Muslim has become President; and, provides the opportunity for all those who strive for it, the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
As Americans, we should be thankful for the sacrifices of those who made it possible for this Nation to exist. Yes, thankful even to the French without whose support the American Revolution may well have been stillborn; without whose gift of that great symbol of freedom that stands in New York Harbor there would be no symbolic gatekeeper of freedom for countless millions of legal immigrants who sought this "promised land;" and where the immortal words:
"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door,"
While millions came eagerly, freely and even illegally, it is a tragic fact that black African and white European money grubbers dirtied themselves and shamed their progeny forever by trafficking in human slaves. Today, our black brothers and sisters can thank an overwhelming majority of white men who fought and gave their lives in the bloodiest war in US history, the Civil War, in part so that those who today descended from slaves are afforded the opportunity to achieve their potential in every aspect of American life if they will but grasp, and not squander it.
At this tense moment in US history it is time for patriotic Americans to come together against internal divisive and external evil forces that would totally transform or destroy the Nation. Now is the time to set aside divisive rhetoric and behavior that leads to destruction and death. Now it is time to reach out to one another, abandoning the "dark side of the force" and determine to live together in harmony and peace, tenderhearted, forgiving and embracing one another. Now, it is time to call to mind and dedicate ourselves to the words of President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg National Cemetery where he said:
."..It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion; that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain; that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom; and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."