It was a clear day in Dallas Texas. Just after the noon hour, a motorcade carrying President John Kennedy, was entering Dealey Plaza. Crowds along the motorcade route were just filled with love for the young Kennedy.
We were a country with differences, as we had been throughout our young history. But we were able to overcome the differences and work together for the common good. But that changed in the space of a few seconds.
At 12:30 pm central time, three gunshots rang out. President Kennedy and Texas Governor John Connally were both hit. The motorcade raced to Parkland Hospital where at 1:00pm, the President was pronounced dead from a gunshot to the head.
American was stunned. The world was stunned. How could this happen? The gunshot would be “the shot heard round the world.”
For days, Americans moved around in a daze. We knew that something had changed that fateful Friday, but we did not know what had changed nor what was to come. Only the future could know.
Friday, November 22 at 12;30pm, the “Age of American Innocence” came to a close. It was replaced with a new age that would be filled with rage, anger and hate. No longer would America be held to the lofty ideals that it represented in the eyes of the world.
Since that fateful day, America has made a “hard left” turn.
Instead of reliance upon self and family, it is all about reliance upon the government to make do.
Instead of belief in God to make things better, it is belief in government to do so.
Instead of personal responsibility, it is now social responsibility.
Instead of unity, it is now government promoting disunity.
Instead of allowing people to choose their own way, it is government forcing upon people what it wants.
Societal change is governed by tax policy and regulations. Anything to control the people.
And so it goes.
Would America be any different if President Kennedy had not been assassinated? Probably not because the forces of change were already present in the country. But the assassination certainly allowed those forces to speed up the change.
Today, we face a fight to restore our wonderful country back towards the America of our youth. Will we be successful? Probably not to the degree that we want. After all, it took almost 70 years to reach this point. But we must not give up trying.
What the next decade will bring no one knows. One can expect anything to happen, and it likely will. All we can hope for is that as we fight, we retain the ideals that made America great and use them as our motivating force.
With true American ideals, we can win this fight!
And with that, I end this post with
Have a Great Sunday and Thanksgiving Week!