On May 30th we celebrated Memorial Day to remember and honor the men and women who died while serving in our Country’s armed forces. It is a TRADITION—an American TRADITION that began after the Civil War as a way to start the healing process and to honor our fallen heroes. Memorial Day was observed for more than 100 years, but was not declared a federal holiday until 1971. It is a TRADITION that includes decorating the graves of the fallen, parades to honor them, and other official celebrations.
Americans still mark the day, but the focus is less about honoring the past and more about taking advantage of a day off centered on barbeques, beach trips, and blow-out sales. Worse yet this Memorial Day was celebrated by hoodlums and thugs who chose to desecrate veteran memorials.
It served to remind me that Memorial Day may be one more TRADITION lost by the actions of ULTRA-LIBERAL THUGS!A few weeks ago I watched an interesting exchange between Bill O’Reilly and Kirsten Powers of Fox News regarding the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer’s editorial on Transgendered Bathrooms. In the editorial the Observer asserted:
“This is what the Obama administration nudged the rest of the country toward Friday. Yes, the thought of male genitalia in girls’ locker rooms – and vice versa – might be distressing to some. But the battle for equality has always been in part about overcoming discomfort – with blacks sharing facilities, with gays sharing marriage – then realizing that it was not nearly so awful as some people imagined.”
O’Reilly asked Powers, “Where are the rights of the 90% of kids from TRADITIONAL homes?”
Powers took exception to that word TRADITIONAL, “What do you mean by TRADITIONAL—what does that mean?” She spat out the word TRADITION like an offensive word used only by persons who believe in such ignorance!
Well, my Progressive and Liberal friends, I love TRADITION! Remember Fiddler on the Roof and the opening TRADITION song? Tevye, the main character, is a likeable, hard-working, pious man who sees the positive side of life…begins the play:
“A fiddler on the roof. Sounds crazy, no? But in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof, trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn’t easy. You may ask, why do we stay up there if it’s so dangerous? We stay because Anatevka is our home…And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word…TRADITION…” Because of our TRADITIONS, we’ve kept our balance for many, many years…”
History shows us that for many years America thrived as the world’s greatest and strongest country ever conceived. Our Founding fathers borrowed, inherited and enlarged upon great traditions from Christian tradition in religion and English tradition in politics as they wrote our Constitution. We, like Tevye in the little village of Anatevka, “kept our balance for many, many years.” by observing those TRADITIONS.
I believe the collapse of TRADITION began with the Vietnam War in the 1960’s. Peace activists, leftist intellectuals on college campuses and their students saw the horrors of combat in their own living rooms and questioned the WHY of it. President Lyndon Johnson failed to provide the dynamic leadership needed to win any war and TRADITIONS eroded quickly as students and others began doing their “own thing.” The long accepted code of conduct was thrown out the window.
Whatever your opinion on the Vietnam War, the baby got thrown out with the bath water. In came drugs, free love, and a suspicion of authority. TRADITIONS eroded quickly. Family TRADITIONAL values collapsed; entitlements became more common as children and single mothers had to be supported resulting in ULTRA-EXPENSIVE SOCIAL ENGINEERING.
And now we have another war—Ultra-Liberals endeavoring to establish a radical TRADITION of knocking TRADITION down. “Many who debunk traditional values have in the background values of their own which they believe to be immune from debunking.” C. S. Lewis
The TRADITIONAL definition of marriage between one man and one woman has been changed by a concerted effort of a minority who believe that their homosexuality supersedes all others’ TRADITIONS. Now a 0.3% of our populations is destroying what we have always known as our bathroom, locker-room, shower, and team sport TRADITIONS! Our Social Engineering President Barack Obama issued a directive (another executive branch overreach being sued by more than a dozen states) to all public schools to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice. Although this is a non-binding guidance, it has the implicit threat of cuts in federal funding if it is not followed.
I worry that Memorial Day is just one more TRADITION to go by the way-side of history. Younger American don’t respect American TRADITION—mainly because they don’t really know what the word means, and don’t really care to know. Their ignorance can be blamed on the public education system and even the parents, but why is it these young Americans don’t seek out any information for themselves? Perhaps if they knew more about the exceptionalism of this great Country, if they hadn’t had almost 8 years of an apologetic and divisive Obama and the politically correct environment that he created they would have become better citizens instead of the CUPCAKES they are.
Our TRADITIONS have been continually attacked by a liberal secular society that honors nothing except itself! Liberals, Progressives, Democratic Socialist, Ultra-expensive Social Engineers, or whatever you want to call them—think that everyone should agree with their ideology and be punished for non-compliance.
IT’S TIME FOR THE REST OF US TO TAKE A STAND!
When we are silent, we inadvertently give our consent to our fellow Liberal Progressives who are determined to create a brand new model for the USA undermining every tradition and value that has made us the world’s greatest and strongest country.