The classic written by Samuel Francis Smith in 1831, begins, “My country, ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty…” It speaks of the land where our fathers died, the land of the pilgrim’s pride and called for Freedom to ring from every mountainside. It is a song that embodies patriotism and love for America and recognizes God’s hand in our Liberty and Freedom. It recognizes that Liberty and Freedom are the work of God through inspiration in the hearts of men and women everywhere. This song, calls upon the Almighty God of Heaven to PROTECT us and to let our land long be bright with Freedom’s Holy Light. WHAT A PRAYER through song!
Today, we have politicians, Hollywood liberals, the Media, and Pro-Athletes using such vitriolic language and rhetoric they are inciting violence and fanning the flames of hate to epic proportions. At the same time, they claim they are the ones who are trying to stamp out the fires of discord. I suppose they believe they are fighting fire with fire, but the problem is the incessant diatribe is coming from the Left not those on the Right. I expect to be attacked for that statement, but for the most part, those on the Right have not engaged in the vitriolic nastiness and malevolence of the Left. Yes, there are some on the Right who want to dive into the same cesspool and wallow therein, but most of us do not want to stoop that low and would prefer an open and honest conversation about the issues. We will not cave to the demands of Toxic Liberalism and give up our rights or kowtow to the whims of the so-called resistance, but we will discuss the issues and seek viable solutions.
Those on the Left are demanding censorship of any opinion not consistent or compatible with their own while at the same time insisting they are the champions of Freedom of Speech. If Speech is not Free for everyone it is Free for no one! If we are to defend the 1st Amendment, then everyone on both sides of the aisle MUST know what it provides. The 1st Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It is my belief that far less than 50% know what is provided in the 1st Amendment of our American Constitution and therefore cannot argue for or against it intelligently.
Congress has no business in matters of religion UNLESS the practice of that religion endangers the populace and those practicing it. The Framers and Founders sought to ensure that the Government, unlike that of Great Britain did not establish a national church. They wanted everyone to have the liberty to follow their conscience and worship according to the dictate of their heart. They wanted churches to be free to proclaim their faith and that would include churches proclaiming a faith other than Christianity. We cannot censor anyone without opening the door to censoring everyone! It is those religions that seek to physically harm or enslave everyone not adhering to their doctrine and method of government and life that require closer scrutiny and may require limitations due to the dangers they present to other citizens. EVERYTHING must be done PEACEABLY. Those on the Left have demonstrated a desire to coerce people of the Christian Faith to cede their beliefs and accommodate beliefs and lifestyles that violate their conscience. That is wrong and violates the Constitution. Those same people are willing to all the followers of religions such as Islam to refuse services when it violates their doctrinal beliefs. That is more than hypocritical it is a direct assault on the 1st Amendment Rights of Christians and IT IS WRONG!
Congress MUST NEVER abridge our Right to our own opinion and the expression thereof publicly or privately. No, it does not allow for anyone, members of Congress, Activist Groups, the MSM, Hollywood, or any other group to incite riots and call for the physical harm of those disagreeing with their ideology. That is happening today with the continual calls for violence against any of the supporters of Donald Trump and the Conservative agenda. They are excused and even invoke the name of God claiming to be messengers of the Creator when their actions and words are converse of the teachings of the Bible, especially the New Testament.
There is, in my view, nothing that President Trump or anyone on the Right can do that would appease the proponents of Toxic Liberalism. Nothing short of death would appease them and then that would probably only be satisfactory if the death was the result of violence and much pain was incurred in the process. The song, ‘My Country, ‘tis of Thee’ gives us a pathway and identifies a mindset required for us to have HEALING IN AMERICA! During the 8 years of Barack Obama, many of us were terribly distraught and discouraged about the direction of our Republic. There was not the immediate and continued demand that he be harmed, his family harmed, nor the expressed desire for the economy to fail as there is today. I am stunned at how many express their desire and willingness for America’s economy to collapse simply to harm the President. What about the millions of Americans that would also suffer? How is that justifiable and how can that be ascribed as righteous? IT IS DIABOLICAL.
Let’s look back at the song and consider what it offers and calls for:
- My country, ’tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims’ pride, from ev’ry mountainside Let freedom ring!
[What a powerful and wonderful attitude and expression. From every mountainside – LET FREEDOM RING! But, for Freedom to Ring throughout the Land it must ring for all.]
- My native country, thee, Land of the noble free, thy name I love; I love thy rocks and rills, thy woods and templed hills. My heart with rapture thrills like that above.
[The Love of Country and the awareness of her beauty and provision should prompt everyone to desire and demand that Freedom for All be desired and acquired.]
- Let music swell the breeze and ring from all the trees Sweet freedom’s song; Let mortal tongues awake; Let all that breathe partake; Let rocks their silence break, the sound prolong.
[Freedom is sweet music but hate deafens the hearing. Freedom’s song must be sung by all and for all or it not sung at all.]
- Our fathers’ God, to thee, Author of liberty, to thee we sing; Long may our land be bright with freedom’s holy light. Protect us by thy might, Great God, our King!
[This verse identifies what our Founders and the Framers alluded to time and again, the Provision and Providence of God. Our Rights come from Him, not from government. Therefore, it is imperative that we cease the vitriolic rhetoric and accept the truth that EVERYONE has certain inalienable rights.]
We can disagree politically, socially, morally, economically, intellectually, and spiritually but we MUST NEVER seek to silence all opposition, THAT IS NOT AMERICA it is DESPOTISM. I believe that those following the Toxicity of Liberalism expressed in the National Democratic Party are ANTI all that America stands for and I oppose them and will VOTE NO on the Democrats in November. My Country, ‘tis of thee, I will stand and defend you so long as I draw breath.
God bless you and God bless America!