By Gary J. Groman, a.k.a. The Ole Seagull
From the beginning, and the Founding Fathers, to this very day, America, Her government, and leaders have been made up of people. Being as how there has only been one perfect person in the history of the world, who had died, risen, and ascended to sit at the right had of His Father centuries before the founding of America, an Ole Seagull just must believe that it was founded, set up, run by, and consists of imperfect people.
It logically follows, that its government, “of the people and by the people,” will make imperfect decisions. An Ole Seagull believes one of those imperfect decisions was the unconscionable tolerance of slavery in Constitution itself (U.S. Const. art. I, § 2, art. I § 9, and art. IV, § 2, cl.3.) Although slavery was abolished a lot quicker in the United States than in Africa, where it flourished for centuries prior to the start of slavery in America, it’s the root cause of one of the many problems that America is facing.
Mark Twain said, “Patriotism is supporting your country all the time, and your government when it deserves it.” To an Ole Seagull, whether it’s race, defense, environmental issues or some other problem, America is best served if She approaches them more united than divided. Can anyone tell him how not honoring our flag and National Anthem helps unite America and solve any of Her problems? On the other hand, one can readily see the divisiveness it has caused.
Should not the honoring of our flag, nation, and National Anthem be a time to say, “Yes, we have problems and our Nation is not perfect but, in this moment of time, under this flag, we stand together, united, to honor the sacrifices made on Her behalf, and the “Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity” She represents? An Ole Seagull believes that the answer is “Yes.” What does it say about us, as a nation, if America is so divided that Her people cannot even unite together, under one National Anthem, for a moment, in a common united effort of respect for Her and, just as importantly, each other?
In talking about an enemy destroying America Abraham Lincoln said, “At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.” The world’s only perfect man said, “If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.”