July 4, Picnic day

“After Joshua had dismissed them, the People of Israel went off to claim their allotted territories and take possession of the land. The people worshiped God throughout the lifetime of Joshua and the time of the leaders who survived him, leaders who had been in on all of God’s great work that he had done for Israel.  Then Joshua son of Nun, the servant of God, died.  He was 110 years old.  They buried him in his allotted inheritance at Timnath Heres in the hills of Ephraim north of Mount Gaash.

“Eventually that entire generation died and was buried.  Then another generation grew up that didn’t know anything of God or the work he had done for Israel.”

—–Judges 2: 6-10, Message translation.

Generations of Americans have come and gone since the original founders risked their lives and those of their families to declare freedom from oppressive government.  They passed on to their children their stories, their principles, and their values as patriots.  Each generation fought for their own freedoms.  There is a group we call The Greatest Generation, those who beat back two dictators in the 1940s so we could have peace and prosperity.  They’re almost gone.  Who is left of their children, the Baby Boomers, to teach the spirit of patriotism, to ensure that this will continue to be the land of the free? Are there enough to pass it on? After the sexual revolution of the 60’s, who is  left?

As I have tried to talk of how things used to be, of who came before us as if maybe there’s something the next generation could learn, I have never encountered so much apathy and resistence.  The only people who didn’t have someone to learn from were Adam and Eve.  The rest of us are idiots to shut out the past.

Do not forget how easy it was to turn Germany from a people whose many cultures lived peacefully into a nation that killed millions based on first, their value to government, and second, their faith.

Lincoln’s birthday used to be a day off from school.  Washington’s birthday was separate from Lincoln’s.  They are now combined and generically called President’s Day, set on a Monday so people could have another 3 day weekend. Never mind who’s actual birthday it was.

Memorial Day was moved from the 31st of May, a day set aside to commemorate the soldiers who kept the United in the United States.  It’s now an official holiday on the last Monday of the month, and many have no clue what they’re supposed to remember.  It now signifies the beginning of summer.

I wonder when this generation of politicians will change Independence Day to the first Monday of July so — are you getting it yet? — we can have another automatic 3 day holiday.  The real motivation may be the blurring of why it was called Independence Day into maybe Fireworks Day.

I’ve said it before.  If we don’t indoctrinate our children in our ways, somebody else will indoctrinate them in theirs.


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