‘America, America, God shed His grace on thee.’

He certainly has. On this, 244th birthday, the United State is still the envy of the world.

But this year, we’ve got some problems.

Pandemic, identity politics has divided us and led to rioting in the streets. Cancel culture has condemned us and the cultural marxists want to destroy us so that they can replace our system with communism. The left wants to defund the police.

New York City just cut the police budget by a billion dollars. And Minneapolis disbanded its police department.

Question: What are we going to do when we are attacked by an angry mob or terrorists? Phone the mayor who will appoint a study committee? I just watched the 2016 movie, Patriots Day, based on the Boston bombing by the Tsarnaev brothers in 2013. At the end of the movie, the city of Boston celebrates the police force at a Red Sox game. They were brought out onto the field and the crowd cheered for the police. They were heroes for how they helped the wounded and caught the terrorists.

My, my, how things have changed in 7 years. America has had its share of internal strife in the past. I remember the riots of the 60s. But this is different.

In his farewell address, George Washington said, “Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion, and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens…” “Let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.” Washington was right. America is seeing the consequences of a lack of national morality because we have turned our backs on God. We need to stand back up the “great pillars of human happiness.” Then pray for God to forgive us and revive us again

Gary Varvel <>

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