End of America? Not yet

Our great president George Washington once said a very long time ago:

The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their government.

Last night, I would say our patience hit a wall.

Our great president Abraham Lincoln once said approximately 100 years after Goerge Washington’s remark:

Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up, and shake off the existing government, and form a new one that suits them better.

We (hopefully) did it! Thomas Jefferson and, much later, Winston Churchill both agreed that democracy is not a perfect government but considering the alternatives it is the best we can have.  Our heritage is so full of wisdom.  In some way, I would suggest that last night, “we the people” shook off the existing way of government and chose a new direction. Our forefathers are proud.  The very important lesson is that we did it through our vote and the ballot box – no uprising, no bullets fired, no bloodshed.  “We the people” possibly changed the direction of this great nation.  Democracy, the Constitution and our beautiful right to vote worked. “We the people” should be very proud and grateful that it possibly started a new, better direction – really for our children and grand children.

Democrat or Republican, we have no idea what the future holds. We must pray.

I now turn to Jim Valvano, the very successful and very inspirational basketball
coach at the University of North Carolina who died way too young from cancer who stated:

Be a dreamer. If you don’t know how to dream, you’re dead.

Or as Herb Brooks the U.S. gold medal olympic hockey coach stated:

We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we’re too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams.

Lets put the past behind us quickly and have good, positive dreams about our, and our children future.

Now I finish with Abraham Lincoln:

My dream is of a place and a time where America will once again be seen as the last best hope of earth.

And Thomas Paine:

The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind. – Thomas Paine – “Common Sense”

Thank you, Ty carmichael





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