Day for DecisionNarrative:
Johnny Sea [Warner Bros. 5820]
(Allen N. Peltier) [Moss Rose Pub. BMI]
The other day I heard someone say, "You know, America is in real trouble."
It's true. Old Glory has never fallen so close to the earth. Our embassies
are being stoned. Our diplomats are often in fear for their lives. And we're
involved in a half-dozen nameless, winless conflicts spilling American blood
on foreign soil. Our young men are dying for ideals that don't seem to mean
much to Americans anymore.
The truth is America's real trouble doesn't lie in the rice paddies of Vietnam,
in the masses of Red China, or in the diabolical intrigues to the south of us.
The real trouble lies in the playgrounds of St. Louis, the hillside mansions of
San Francisco, and in the slums of Chicago. A disease which is slowly eating
away at the heart of America lives in the small Southern towns, the fishing
villages of New England, and in the hot dusty streets of the Midwest.
This is the age of the American cynic. The year of the unbeliever. The day of
doubt. We've killed all the sacred cows and destroyed all the images. And
there's nothing left to respect. Old fashioned love of God, country, and family
is pass‚. We stare at our shoelaces when they play the national anthem. We
wouldn't want to be seen at a political rally or a town hall meeting. And we
don't want to be caught with our eyes closed during public prayers. We've
decided the only way to get into public office is to buy it. Our heroes are the
fast guys who get away with things. Patriotism, the old hand-over-the-heart,
flag-waving singing patriotism, has been condemned. Think about this. Patriotism.
When you tear away the fancy phrases and crepe paper, it's plain and simple pride.
It's a new car-prettier girl-bigger house sort of pride in country. Somewhere along
the way we've lost it. Our form of government is the same. We still say America
stands for the same things. But next time you're at a party, ask someone to sing
"America the Beautiful", and see what happens.
The basic ideals and structure of America haven't changed. We have. You and me.
Our enemies know it. They've seen the newsreels of the discontented marching
around the capitol. They've distorted and blown up our mistakes. They've been
putting steel wedges in our wall of solidarity. The new idea is: Don't attack America;
wear it down gradually; it'll eventually fall under the weight of its own corruption. And
did you know, it's working?
This sneering complacency, once stamped out by the bloody feet of a tattered
Continental Army in 1776, once drowned beneath the keel of the U.S.S. Arizona in
Pearl Harbor Bay, has risen again. This deadly "Let George do it" attitude lights the
way for the Viet Cong in the swampy jungles of Vietnam. This "Better Red than dead"
cancer is more feared by the American soldier than all the communist mortar shells. It
kills the vitality and spirit of America. Democracy is a frail and fragile instrument. Made
of hope, prayer and Yankee ingenuity. It is held together by a fourth-of-July flag-waving
patriotism. And we've almost exhausted our supply of it. Try this test. Lift your eyes to
a flag, then sing out as loud as you can that old out-worn antiquated freedom hymn you
learned so many years ago.
For purple mountain majesties (for purple mountain majesties)
Above the fruited plain (above the fruited plain)
God shed His grace on thee (God shed His grace on thee)
Now if you feel a little pride welling up inside of you, if you feel a little mist in your eyes,
then, thank God for you, mister, you're still an American!
God shed His grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea)
"If a butterfly, flapping its wings in the Amazon, is the cause of the 6.9 Richter earthquake in Tajikistan, then what was the cause of Hurricane Katrina?" The answer: "President Bush!"