And he began with the simple things that everybody’s known and felt—the freshness of a fine morning when you’re young, and the taste of food when you’re hungry, and the new day that’s every day when you’re a child. He took them up and he turned them in his hands. They were good things for any man. But without freedom, they sickened. And when he talked of those enslaved, and the sorrows of slavery, his voice got like a big bell. He talked of the early days of America and the men who had made those days. It wasn’t a spread-eagle speech, but he made you see it. He admitted all the wrong that had ever been done. But he showed how, out of the wrong and the right, the suffering and the starvations, something new had come. And everybody had played a part in it, even the traitors.
Stephen Vincent Benet, The Devil and Daniel Webster
Governor Andrew Cuomo (D.NY) has the sniggering contempt for this country that is the hallmark of the Left and is becoming the hallmark of the Democrat Party:
Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts looks at this:
Compared to what I wonder.
He doesn’t say. As is usual with the modern Left, he’s long on empty rhetoric, short on actual details. He sets up an impossible standard for greatness: when each and every American is ‘fully engaged’, then we’ll be great. Whatever he means by full engaged it beyond me.
Whatever it means, it can never happen. Where two or more are gathered, you will never have ‘everyone fully anything.’ That’s not a Christian theological standard. That’s a common sense standard.
Nonetheless, by setting up such standards Gov. Cuomo has essentially told us that the Leftist revolution will continue forever and ever and ever. Remember a few months ago when I wrote about a S. American historian who told me to always be wary of the revolution that won’t admit victory? In this case, Gov. Cuomo is setting it up so there is no need to discuss victory. It will never happen, so those who benefit from the revolution will have eternal job security.
The other disturbing thing about this, beyond the stupid dumb of his statement and the clear contempt that the Left has for our country and heritage, is the cheers that arose when he made the statement. The Left has bred generations of Americans who are sure the most evil country in history is this America that needs burned to the ground.
Hence the white racist nationalist march that didn’t happen last weekend. What did happen was a bunch of Leftist anarchists who had nothing better to do than assail police, threaten journalists and chant their desire for an end to the United States.
Which is why you haven’t heard much about the march. We’re told white racism is like a tsunami, with tens of millions jumping on board and millions of minorities in terror of pain and death on a daily basis. And yet more people belong to the pottery class at the local art museum than showed up for the nationwide white supremacy march. On the other hand, you had thousands with their hatred of police, media establishments and America taking to the streets.
This is all tied together. Where it will go, I don’t know. Many Christians play the ‘seek God’s kingdom first’ card to excuse not caring about what happens to America. The same, of course, could be said about Global Warming and caring about what happens to the planet. The point is, I fear they are playing that card because they’re tired of the fight or they don’t want to jeopardize continuing to suffer for Jesus on six figures a year.
Given that they would be the best hope for standing up to this movement dedicated to the eradication of the United States, and all of the blessings it brought the world, it doesn’t look promising.
BTW, and I’ve heard he came out and modified his statements. Fine enough. But let’s face it, which set of statements do you believe?
Our country is the greatest nation in the history of this planet if one looks at its dedication to human freedom under the rule of law. Lincoln said it best on August 17, 1858:
[C]ommunities, by their representatives in old Independence Hall, said to the whole world of men: “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding of the justice of the Creator to His creatures. Yes, gentlemen, to all His creatures, to the whole great family of man. In their enlightened belief, nothing stamped with the Divine image and likeness was sent into the world to be trodden on, and degraded, and imbruted by its fellows. They grasped not only the whole race of man then living, but they reached forward and seized upon the farthest posterity. They erected a beacon to guide their children and their children’s children, and the countless myriads who should inhabit the earth in other ages. Wise statesmen as they were, they knew the tendency of prosperity to breed tyrants, and so they established these great self-evident truths, that when in the distant future some man, some faction, some interest, should set up the doctrine that none but rich men, or none but white men, were entitled to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, their posterity might look up again to the Declaration of Independence and take courage to renew the battle which their fathers began, so that truth, and justice, and mercy, and all the humane and Christian virtues might not be extinguished.
Go here to comment. The Left, raised on and perpetuating black armband history that sees only the faults of this beautiful country, as the Chinese call her, have only contempt for this fair land of freedom. They have produced idiots like Cuomo who do not much like, let alone love, a nation they seek to rule. Cuomo, if twere only possible, might have received much enlightenment on that score from his own grandparents, if he had asked Andrea and Immacolata why they chose to cross an ocean in 1926 and 1927 to emigrate from Italy to the United States. Politicians who don’t love this country should never be entrusted with political power in it, and when the People are foolish enough to do so, they should not be surprised at the harm that such misguided fools do in office.