This may take a while but I will get it done. These past 8 years or more I have seen a lot of things that unsettles me. Things I have never seen in my life. I was born in the 50s and grew up in the 60s and early 70s. I did not know about war, civil unrest, or anti-American feelings. Not until My mind could even begin to understand those things. I was in the second grade when I came to know about Russia, Khrushchev, and communism. Did I understand all that was going on, no? But I did know Cuba was wanting to have missiles put on the island with nuclear warheads. My friends and I would talk about it at recess. The teachers never mentioned it. I think they did not want to scare us. But we all heard it on our black and white tv’s. We talked about what we would do and though we never said it, we were scared somewhat. But no one had to see a counselor or had a breakdown. We went home and played and loved our families and went to school. When the crisis ended everyone sighed in relief. My friends and I agreed it was American strength that made the difference. Kennedy did the correct things but it was our strength and our [people of the USA] resolve that made the difference. There was no anti-American or anti-war protest. Americans from coast to coast were together.
I am not going into all the big news stories because that would make this extremely long. But I do want to talk about 3 or 4 more things. First is the civil rights unrest of the 60s. I did not understand what the big deal was. I was truly ignorant about such matters. I did not know any blacks and there were few in Northwest Arkansas. So I said that to say this. I thought it was crazy of anyone to be unhappy in America. I knew rich and poor and no one was anti-American or was denied rights so what were they complaining about. I did not hate them, but I had no idea why they were causing such problems for America. It was not until I was in Jr. high that I began to find out things no one had ever told me. I began to learn about what really happened on the large plantations so long ago. I found out about the years after the civil war and the unrest that was in all of the South. About the carpetbaggers, the KKK, the lynchings, and the denial of rights blacks had to put up with for so many years. Even into the 20th century into the 50s and 60s. My mind and thinking had a lot of changes to do. In the 70s I went to Ark Tech in Russellville. I had to find new friends and find out who I was. Like any place you go, you will find good people and bad people and even those that you are not sure about. The second semester I met one great human being. His name is Melvin Bryant, and he was from Barton Ark. He is also black. We worked in the cafeteria slopping plates. There were atheists, alcoholic Catholics, druggies, and jerks working there also. But I got along with 99% of them. But Melvin was special. He was funny but never dirty, loved the sports I did, and had a huge smile on his face most of the time. I learned more about blacks, black culture, and how to treat them more than any class could teach me. I also learned that we could talk about anything. Nothing was taboo and no judgments made. Being a Christian and finding Christian friends helped me of course and I grew up the most while I was in Russellville.
Those years made me who I am today. First I have several faults and they show there ugly heads every once in a while. But my faults do not outweigh my good points and I believe I can say that with confidence. I do not hate anyone, not by race, color, religion, or sin. There are things I speak out against in all of those things but it is never hate ever toward a person. When I find out I am wrong then I will say so and if need be apologize. But I will speak my mind and I will do it with conviction.
Now to get to these past 8 years. America is failing, It probably started years ago. The Mid 60s, early 70s may have begun our downward swing but I have my own ideas about that. In 1963, prayers were taken out of schools. Up to then most schools started with a prayer by a teacher of the staff member. No one had to repeat it, say amen do anything against their will, but a very liberal Supreme court said it was wrong. But it did not stop with that. Soon schools were banned from any prayers before ball games, no Christmas songs or plays. And it continues today. The next big thing is abortion. In the early 70s, another very liberal court said abortions would be legal. They said states would be able to regulate the laws and procedures. But that has not happened. It seems no state has any rights over it. Even this Supreme Court is not allowing states to regulate the laws on abortion. There is nothing worse a nation can do than kill children in the womb. We have been spiraling faster and faster downward since that became law. It has been no means in any way helped America.
Trump has never been very high on my list for anything. He did some good things and some stupid things. But he never went against God and His Word. What Biden and the liberal Congress is dong is shaking their fist at God and saying they have power. But they only have power because God allows it. America probably deserves what we have now. I say that with a straight face. Christians are become a minority.. They are not growing fast enough to keep up with those that hate God and His ways. That does not mean we sit on out hands and do nothing. It does not me we give up hope. It does mean we will have to lean on Him and our Christian brothers and sisters more and more. We cannot put our faith in any candidate. That includes Trump. He is not the Savior of America but Jesus is. I truly hope America will get tired of all of Biden and Pelosi’s crap, but if not then thing will get worse for America but we should do more to help people come to Jesus. Not for political reasons but salvation and God’s reasons.
Well, I need to put this to bed. I am going over this again and see if it makes sense. No one has to say this was good Ben, or I agree. These are my own thoughts. If you think they are okay then that is good. If you disagree then that is your privilege but I truly am not worried about it. BEN C.