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God Bless the USA

 

 

It is thought by many, and said by some, that this republic has already seen its best days; that the historian may now write the story of its decline and fall. Two classes of men are just now especially afflicted with such forebodings. The first are those who are croakers by nature. The men who have a taste for funerals, and especially national funerals. They never see the bright side of anything, and probably never will. Like the raven in the lines of Edgar A. Poe, they have learned two words, and those are, ‘never more’. They usually begin by telling us what we never shall see.

Frederick Douglass, December 7, 1869

Something for the weekend.  This rendition of Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the USA seems very appropriate as a new administration begins.  We Americans are a tough and resilient people, something our adversaries frequently forget and something we too also fail to sometimes remember.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

16 Comments

  1. Yes..Thank you for this.
    Resolve.
    A new leadership.
    An American brotherhood.
    Islamic, Irish, Italian, Indonesian…We are American. Protect our flag and our Christian heritage, or please go back to where you came from. If you can’t respect the religion, Christianity, whom this land our founding fathers built upon..the foundation, Christianity..and thus created the greatest Nation on Earth, then with all resolve and commitment we ask you to consider packing your bags to leave this nation.

    This is not Islamophobia.

    This is respecting the Blessings which the only one true God has given and is giving to this great land.

    This land was not built upon an Islam foundation.

    Nor was it built upon Buddhism, Taoism, Atheism. Our founding fathers called upon Almighty God in the Glory of the Trinity.
    The Paris peace treaty 1783 ; The preamble follows, “In the name of the most Holy and undivided Trinity.” and ends with; “In the year of Our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty three.”

    Barack Obama lied when he said we are not a Christian Nation but one of many faiths.

    He would of served God better if he had shut his mouth altogether than tell Americans that we are not a Christian Nation. To state his belief that all religions are equal is blasphemy, and the arrogance of America’s first black president would increase by the day. To the point of not wanting to harm his chances of re-election in ’12, so he goes along with a lame video story to try to shield himself from the Benghazi abortion. 9/11/12. Shame on him.
    St. John 17:20;
    “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21so that they may all be one as you Father are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us that the world may believe that you sent me. 22 And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one as we are one,23 I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to Perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you love me.” Douay-Rheims version.

    If we discard the importance of our Lord Jesus Christ, His suffering death and Resurrection, and allow our neighbors to quiet us down through political correctness tactics, than we will..We will see America become a property of greater Islam.
    Why?
    Degeneration.
    Abortion on demand, liberial relativism, abuses against freedom of religion and political correctness.

    My proof.

    Europe.

    http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/07/19/5-facts-about-the-muslim-population-in-europe/

    We are to be people of evangelization, helping all to be as “one as you Father are in me and I in you,” but how will we help in this conversion process when we are killing our own children, telling our children it’s okay to be gay, it’s okay for you to choose your own sexual identity, it’s okay not to believe in God?

    If America does not reclaim our fundamental Christian heritage and return to worshipping God Almighty, than I’m afraid the salt will be tasteless, the light will fade out, the songs of Mohammed will echo through out the hills and valleys of the Midwest as well as the coastal regions.

    As noted in the link by a commentator; if one percent of the Islamic refugees are radicalized, that would equate to over a million jihadist in Europe.

    My point is rosaries and return to order for America or CCL’s for junior in elementary school.

    We can’t afford liberalism.

    Too much is at stake.

  2. If Donald Trump can restore America’s confidence it itself this will a YUGE thing which has been diminished by New World Order theory and Liberalism especially since the start of the new millennium. We must overcome Liberalism, a way of thinking that undermines personal confidence, that undermines belief in God, that convinces folks they must sell their soul to the company store (government), that encourages mayhem and strife, that encourages women to kill their babies, etc. Liberalism is of the devil, for the devil, by the devil and it must be exorcised. Having Donald Trump as President is a good start. Now we need someone to be a good Pope. And we must pray and do penance ourselves.

  3. I named this “The Lord’s Lullaby” and pray it every night at bedtime.
    *”On my bed I remember You : I think of You through the watches of the night.”
    How I search to see Your face, when I gaze into night’s clear sky, and wonder at the sight.
    I listen, to hear Your voice, when thunder cracks across Heaven’s heights.
    I smile, in growing wonder, at Your loving gentleness, coupled with Creationist might !
    I say, with a child’s simple honesty, “I love You, Lord”, and contentedly, put out the light.
    * Psalm 63 : 6
    “Again His voice roars-the majestic sound of His thunder.
    He does great things beyond our knowing;
    wonders past our searching out.”
    Job 37 : 4-5 Timothy Reed

  4. Phillip-Til Don puts a halt, contest for who can put up the longest reply! When Ron Reagan said America was a shining city on a hill, there were parts of it that did not shine, but it was important to say it so that we had something to remember and something to strive for, something to die for. So . . . with that prologue . . .my entry in the contest:

    Yes, Guy, There Is And Always Will Be An America
    Guy McClung
    Dec. 13, 2016 http://www.catholiclane.com/56518-2/
    Dear Editor,
    I am in my 70th year. Some of my little-minded bitter friends rejoice that America will be no more because it has been fundamentally changed. I, and many of my friends, served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War. My Dad, who crossed the English Channel 70 times on a non-tourist visa, my uncles, and father-in-law fought for America in World War II. My grandfather fought for America in World War I. My ancestor grandfather fought for America with General Washington in the Revolutionary War. Is this America no more?

    My wife’s ancestor grandfather – a freed slave – was the first Texan wounded in the Texas War For Independence in 1835; and two of her other great great grandfathers fought in the Civil War. Is what they fought for dead?

    I have heard from some, “If you see it in the eyes of your fellow Americans, hear it in their words, witness it in the reverence they have singing the National Anthem, in their respect for Old Glory, and if they believe it in their hearts, then it’s so.”

    Please tell me the truth, is there an America any more?

    Very truly yours,
    Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas

    Dear Guy,
    Your little-minded bitter friends are wrong. They have been affected by the statism of a statist age and have been taken in by their own schemes.

    Yes, Guy, there is an America.

    America exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion and true patriotism exist, and America makes possible for you and everyone here an abounding meaning, beauty, and joy. Alas! How dreary would be the world if there were no America! It would be as dreary as if there were no Americans. There would be no faith in one’s fellow man or woman, no united country that is and has been a shining city on a hill, no place where still thousands wish to come and sacrifice everything to do so; because the hope for this America can move men and women to sacrifice all to be happy here.

    If there were no America, there would be no hope for the world. The world would have no enjoyment, no place full-of-wonder as is America. If anyone would succeed in destroying America or fundamentally changing it, the shining American light which fills the world would be extinguished.

    Some have said America is the nation of a foreign religion. Guy, they might as well have said a dog’s tail is a leg, and therefore a dog has five legs. From its founding, America was a Judeo-Christian nation, has been a Judeo-Christian nation throughout its history, will be one after 2016, and will forever be a Judeo-Christian nation. Change America to another nation ? Our Constitution itself says it was signed in “the year of Our Lord,” the Lord who is none other than Jesus Christ. Change America from being a Judeo-Christian nation? This would be like changing love to hate, glory to infamy, or light to darkness.

    Not believe in America! They might as well not believe in goodness, and justice and love. America is the faith, poetry, love, care, courage, beauty, steadfastness, romance, and bravery that pushes aside tyrants and those who would alter or abolish her. America proclaims the glory she has known, the glory she is today, and the glory she will know in years to come. Is America real? Ah, Guy, in all this world there is no country so real, so good, and so abiding.

    No America? Thank God America, the America your forbears fought for, lives and will live forever. A few foolish fools cannot change her. A thousand years from now, Guy, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, America will continue to make glad the hearts of its citizens and be a place of justice, of courage, and of freedom.
    Yes, Guy, There Is & Always Will be An America!
    Merry CHRISTmas! And Happy New Year!
    Copyright © GM 2016

  5. @Guy McClung.

    Tremendous piece.
    Perfect shot in the arm.
    In 1862 my relatives fled Czechoslovakia in hopes for a land to celebrate Catholism freely. They found hills, streams and clear waters in Northern Michigan, Good Harbor Bay. They lumbered, built St. Joseph’s Church, then started to till the freshly cleared meadow.

    WWI, WW II, The Korean War, Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars. Our family too is one committed to return to the Lord what He has provided for all of us. Freedom.
    Freedom to lay one’s own life down if needed, in order for others to have what we cherish, freedom.

    God is our Good Shepherd.
    He laid His own life down so we can have the ultimate freedom.
    Thanks be to God.

    Thanks too for your beautiful letter.
    Together we March for Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness for ALL..Born and unborn.

    Freedom, for those who have twisted it, is the ability to do what is good and right!
    Killing children because of inconvenience is slavery pure and simple.

  6. Timothy Reed.

    I too like your evening prayer.

    It reminded me of Joseph Mary Plunketts,
    I see his blood upon the rose.

    Just in case someone hasn’t heard it before;

    I see his blood upon the rose And the stars the Glory of His eyes. His body gleems amid eternal snows, his tears fall from the skies.

    I see his face in every flower, the thunder and the singing of the birds are but his voice- and carven by his power Rocks are his written words.

    All pathways by his feet are worn, His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea, His crown of thorns is crowned with every thorn, His cross is every tree.

    God is good indeed.

  7. Thank you Mary Goodman & Philip. My God Parents were from Czechoslovakia. He came to America first. And then sent for his new bride. His name was Leo Bilka; her name was Matilka. It took two ships to get Matilka to America. Her first ship was the Titanic. Timothy Reed.

  8. Timothy Reed.

    Incredible!
    Your God Mother, one of the survivors of the Titanic. God bless her.
    If the re-creation of the Titanic drama is even partly accurate, then she must of suffered from PTSD or a form of it.
    Hollywood and embellishments of stories go hand in hand, however that disaster may have been portrayed accurately. (?)

    Did she speak of that event to you?

  9. Philip…unfortunately, the Bilka’s lived their whole lives in Paducah, Ky, where I was born. My parents moved us to Phoenix Az when I was very young. Phoenix was where I was diagnosed with the bone disease and spent all of that time in the Crippled Childrens’ hospital. I don’t remember them. thanks for asking. My Mother, however, told me that Leo and Matilka never missed going to Mass on Sunday. I wish that I could have known them. TR.

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