Abe Lincoln Called It – American Values In Retreat
Earlier this week we spent some time talking about a new poll that shows a significant shift in American values in the last 20 years. When president Trump talks about making America great again, I hear a call to reclaim our belief in faith, family and freedom as much as I hear the machines of manufacturing, military and money making ventures.
We have been concerned about it, we've talked and complained about it for decades but still we have let it happen and now the younger generation of Americans from 18 to 38 no longer deeply believe in the things that we believe helps make America great and unique in the world.
An article in the Patriot Post by Gary Bauer does a great job of laying out the state of affairs including going back to a word of warning from a young Abraham Lincoln.
I urge you to read Bauer's complete post but I simply must borrow the Lincoln quote where Abe puts us on notice for what's happening now, only he saw the potential 181 years ago!
"At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? … Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined … with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years.
At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? … 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."
For the first 100 years of America, our founders and leaders exhorted us citizens to keep watch, be wary, appreciate and preserve the freedoms for the quality of life they provide. We've lost that edge. We've gotten too comfortable. To younger generations, those ideas sound old fashioned and silly. Where is the next Abe Lincoln when we need him?