Divided States?

Anybody who calls us divided can go to hell. Especially someone who isn’t even a US citizen. Here’s the truth. America is an idea. It isn’t a skin color. It isn’t a religion. It isn’t an economy. Whatever happens we figure it out. We always have. Like all things America will come to an end some day. But it won’t come to an end over Donald Trump. If slavery and the civil war couldn’t end us Trump won’t…unless we let it.

America is a republic, but only if we can keep it. Which means the only real enemy of America is the one who calls us divided. 

Lincoln famously said:

“At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.”

That’s it, that’s our destiny. We choose to move on in freedom or we choose death. Do you hate Trump so much that you want to kill your self? I doubt it. But really that’s the dilemma some Americans face right now, at least emotionally. That’s why it’s so important that Clinton & Obama have modeled civility for us in this transition. They are the ones that those disappointed with this election need to look to for guidance. They are disappointed as well. Clinton most of all. But she knows this is grown up time. She put on her big girl pants and she womaned up, and she gave a great concession speech. A speech of peace and freedom.

I was disappointed the first time Obama was elected, and even more so the second time. I was still able to see the beauty in the fact that a black man had been elected president of the United States. I disagree with almost every principle he stands for except the principle that your skin color doesn’t determine whether or not you can become the leader of this country. And unlike Hillary he’s not corrupt.

America is not a skin color. It isn’t the president. It isn’t a political party. This is America:

America is the idea that what is right needs to come before what is easy. For each of us. Not just for our leaders. Leaders change, laws change. But who will we be? Will we be free? Or will we be enslaved to our feelings.

The key to freedom is the golden triangle of liberty.

Here Os Guinness beautifully outlines what America really is:

I know it’s a long video, but it’s certainly worth it. In summary to be truly free you need 2 things: 1) faith & 2) virtue. And in order to have genuine faith you need virtue and freedom. And in order to have genuine virtue you need faith and freedom. The triangle has 3 mutually supportive sides: faith, freedom, & virtue.

But freedom isn’t antinomian. Freedom is the power to do what is right. Actually right and objectively true. Not what is expedient, not what feels good. True Freedom is the power to love your neighbor with true love, not codependent sychophantic love. We don’t all have to like each other, we don’t all have to agree on everything. We all have to be civil. This is why we are not divided! Because we can disagree, we can discuss, and we can grow together.

If we are the trigglypuff (if you haven’t heard of that person then you are truly blessed) nation we are doomed. We cannot be children right now. We need to grow up and learn to get along. I think aborting a human fetus is the willful immoral killing of a full human person but I don’t go around blowing up abortion clinics. Instead I vote, blog, discuss, etc. And if Clinton had won I’d be very upset and angry specifically because of her policy on abortion, but I’d still be saying all these things. Because these principles of civility and freedom are true. These aren’t my feelings. These are the pillars of a free and just society.

God bless America, God give us the grace to be civil in uncivil times, God give Donald Trump the wisdom to lead and the courage to do what is right. God give us, the American people irrespective of religion, race, or status, the things we need today and fill our hearts with compassion for the poor and the energy to actually help the orphans, the widows, the disabled, and everyone less fortunate. Amen.

And hey at least we didn’t elect Rufus T Firefly:

Or Joe Exotic:

Or this guy:

Let’s face it, things could be worse…a lot worse.


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