I'm not an "uberpatriot". I don't sport a flag on my lapel but I do mist up at the singing of our National Anthem. We fly the flag outside...when I think of it...but we, every day, when we pray over our family meal...ask God to bless America.
I don't think we are unlike most families. We tend to be respectful of others, even though they don't look or worship like us. We talk about politics and religion and try to come to grips with those who are different. And, we treasure hearing stories of when our country was united. Really united.
And that's when it starts to get troubling.
My Mother is 88 and lives by herself. She is well, thank God, and we chat several times as week. At each phone call she wonders out loud "What is to become of us?".
It's a fair question.
Sure "the good old days" sparkle with fond memories while the future seems uncertain. It's easy to fall into that trap. "Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away..."
But we are hurting. Deeply.
The insanity from the "Right" is spewed daily from radio stations here in Des Moines. While the insanity of the "Left" fills the pages of the local newspaper.
United we are not.
And, that is what is troubling to "The Greatest Generation". They know better. They know how they rallied against our enemies, how our country galvanized and men and women crossed party lines to come together to defeat an evil of global proportions.
Now we fight among ourselves and we do so in a "take no prisoners" response to anybody that does not agree with our position. And sadly the government isn't much of a help. But there was a time...and people took heart. Maybe we just resent being reminded and asked to sacrifice.
It's our birthday...and soon we'll have a party complete with a picnic, fireworks, music and ok...beer. Maybe this year we'll stop to consider what our elders already know, and worry about: We are not the enemy...but we know who is and together...we can do so much more to preserve our Union for our grandchildren.
Have a wonderful holiday.
Michael P. Libbie - Insight Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations