ONLY A FLASH POINT WILL SAVE AMERICA
In the early morning light, the large ink-black pond down in the hollow barely reflected the over-hanging trees. It's surface, suspended in temporary horizontal equilibrium, looked like a sheet of glass, as the waning night began to turn slowly into dawn. A squirrel, in search of his morning diet of nuts, dislodged an acorn high up in a tree, whose long branches extended way out over the pond. Under the pull of gravity, the acorn descended rapidly to the surface. Upon entering the black water, a dimple formed in a small circle, while at the same time a spout of water with a bubble at its apex, erupted a few inches out of the center of the dimple, as the acorn sank to the bottom of the pond. By some strange twist of physics, almost perfect concentric waves emanated out of the dimple to extend out across the pond in ever widening circles until they stopped at the shoreline. The glass-like appearance of the pond was shattered by a "Flash Point" that altered its character, at least temporarily.
And so it was on September 11, 2001 that the character of America was forever altered by a "Flash Point". Separated by two large oceans, we were lulled into a false sense of security and were unaware of, or chose to ignore, the rabid determination of our enemy, Islamo-Fascism, to destroy the "infidel". Americans and most of the Western nations have been designated the infidel by Islamo-Fascists. The perception of our invulnerability to attack was shattered as three hijacked, domestic airplanes, loaded with passengers and fuel, were flown into American buildings in New York and Washington DC, in an unprovoked, act of war, resulting in an unprecedented loss of life and property. On that day, America and the life of all Americans was altered more than almost any other "Flash Point" in 230 years of American history. In contrast to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the target of the Islamo-Fascists were civilians, not military hardware or personnel.
The first response by most Americans and politicians was "how dare they" and "go get the bastards that did this to us with whatever it takes". In the spirit of international cooperation, we went to the United Nations for their support to take on and vanquish the enemy that attacked us. As usual, the UN proved more of an impediment, than an asset. Thus, unilaterally, America declared war in the Middle East against Afghanistan and Iraq, two of the hotbeds of fomenting Islamo-Fascism in countries torn by corruption, fanaticism, bondage, religious conflict and every-day human suffering. We are still there today and our courageous military has stabilized a region that defied stability ….. or so we thought. With the rise of ISIS, the civil war in Syria and the general instability of the entire Middle Eastern region in an insane battle between Sunnis and Shia for religious domination, the area is still a powder keg of fear and ethnic strife and our presence there is still sorely needed. The pullout of our troops and bases in Iraq by President Obama only created a vacuum for more instability. Radical Islam is on the move again ….. with a vengeance.
As in most domestic issues, we argue amongst ourselves over minutia and unimportant concerns. But when we are collectively attacked as a country, we coalesce as one and turn on the enemy. At least that is what we used to do. But it didn't take long for hopelessly divided Americans to separate into opposing factions after 911.
America was born out of another "Flash Point," the Revolutionary War. We confronted the bully of King George the third of England in a bold act of courage from a bunch of ragtag irregulars, with a considerable assistance from France and victory was ours. When the nation was about to become divided by state's rights and slavery, America was altered again by another "Flash Point", the Civil War. Brother fought against brother and sons fought against fathers. The loss of life has never been equaled in any other contemporary war and the festering and lingering animosity from that "Flash Point", exists even today.
Then the bullies of Europe and Asia erupted onto the world scene in the two "Flash Points" of world war in the Twentieth Century. Once again, America responded to the "Flash Points", saved the world from dictators and tyrants and freed over a billion people. The sacrifice of those American heroes was and still is heroic and immeasurable. It truly was the greatest generation. Hopefully, it won't be the last.
During the early middle of the Twentieth Century, between the two World Wars, another "Flash Point" began to alter American principles of freedom, liberty and unalienable, individual rights to a point now, where all three are in serious jeopardy. Reacting to the Great Depression, another narcissistic President, over-enamored with his place in history, began to unravel the constitutional rights, protections and guarantees of the American individual. The Bill of Rights contained in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution was not enough for FDR. He seriously eroded those first 10 Amendments and then set about to expand the Bill of Rights to include a whole series of social rights that were invented out of whole cloth without any regard to their constitutionality. His actions, which secured the Democrat Party as the dominate party in America, were fully supported and sanctioned by a U. S. Congress and U. S. Supreme Court who ignored their oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. This "Flash Point" that started in the early 1930's may have altered America to such an extent that returning to a Constitutional Republic may never be achieved except by another "Flash Point", or revolution. The real America, the vision of our Founding Fathers, started dying when the people succumbed to the most freedom-robbing words of all, "I'm From the Government and I'm Here to Help"!
But the attack on 9/11 changed America in ways different from any other "Flash Point". In government's reaction to this continued national threat to our sovereignty, security at any cost has taken priority over liberty and we as a people have almost gratefully accepted this unlawful extension of government power. Americans, tethered to the ever-expanding government umbilical, have lost their will to be free. In generations of constitutional neglect, way too many have never gained a point of reference to understand that liberty is always under attack by tyranny and must be vigorously defended by all the people, if it is to be preserved.
Divided as we are, we continue to fight amongst ourselves, aided and abetted by politicians and special interests. But sometime in the near future, the next "Flash Point" that will alter those divisions, could be an economic collapse, or a second "civil war", or a revolution. Or it might just be a Christian renaissance, like what happened in the late 1800's.
Sadly, America has descended into the depths of divisiveness, where socialism, radical environmentalism and lawless tyrants rule and where freedom and liberty are relegated to the freedom-experiment scrap heap, just like so many other countries that attempted freedom but failed in the end. Because of that division, we are unable to see, much less confront, the real enemy. Hopefully, sufficient numbers of Americans will awake from their self-induced slumber before it is too late.
But ladies and gentlemen, nothing lasts forever. A pot of water on the stove under high heat will eventually boil over. Tornados and hurricanes pass. Diseases are healed, or they kill. A ship reaches port with all hands well. But sometimes ships sink as one just did off the cost of the Bahamas. The seas rise and fall. Eco-systems are altered by external events and species die or go extinct. The earth's axis wobbles and the seasons change, sometimes cold, sometimes tolerable, sometimes hot and sometimes unbearable. (Global warming, man-caused or not, is not the greatest threat to mankind, as the environmentalists and governments tell us it is.)
And so it is with countries, cultures and societies. War comes and then there is peace. Marriages and businesses fail and others succeed. The numbers of the poor rise and fall according to the fortunes or misfortunes of the country in which they live. Individuals talk, debate, argue and fight and sometimes make up. Politicians come and go. Nature, animate and inanimate, is in a constant state of change.
Today, America is like the pot of water on the stove under high heat. It will soon boil over, as it begins to confront the national and international "System" that has built up over the last 100 years and has become "Impenetrable, Inflexible and Un-yielding." (a link to our recent article of the same name) That "System" is in dire need of change, as it erodes individual freedom and can erase it all together if Americans let it.
We don't know yet what happens after America boils over, but the boiling over will be another "Flash Point" in American history. It is up to fate and the determination of goodhearted Americans to do the right thing when faced with a "Flash Point." Americans, for the most part, have done the right thing to the best of their ability when facing a crisis and as such have become a force for good around the world. No, Americans are not perfect and no, they don't always do the right thing. Americans are the reflection of their leaders and the leaders are a reflection of the people. If Americans don't care who their leaders are, it is sure that the leaders don't care what Americans think, write, or say and will do whatever they please.
Nevertheless, we believe that there is an inherent good in most people, but especially Americans and that the outcome of the gathering "Flash Point" that is sure to come, whether it is caused by foreign or domestic forces, will yield a positive result for all of mankind. If we are to have hope that America will be saved by the next "Flash Point", then we must believe in that inherent goodness.
If Americans abdicate that goodness to evil forces and lose their honor, then there is no hope for America, or the world and we shall descend into a Century of war, pestilence, famine and global military forces that will suspend or outright confiscate all individual rights, freedom and our guns. If America wins, the world wins. If America loses, well …
America is a great country but its core beliefs have remained dormant in the collective mindset for way too long. It is time that those core beliefs of individual, unalienable rights rise again. However, if too many Americans are indulgent, decadent, apathetic, uneducated and dependent on government, the rise of core American beliefs will not occur. In that eventuality, it will be up to a small, freedom-loving minority of brave Americans to trigger the next "Flash Point."
Are you prepared for the next "Flash Point?" Will you see it coming? Will it enhance the goodness in man, or will it accelerate his evil side? It's the people's choice. How they decide and act will determine the outcome of the next "Flash Point."
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And so it was on September 11, 2001 that the character of America was forever altered by a "Flash Point". Separated by two large oceans, we were lulled into a false sense of security and were unaware of, or chose to ignore, the rabid determination of our enemy, Islamo-Fascism, to destroy the "infidel".