Innocence Lost

Sep 14, 2021 Blog
Innocence Lost

Hello Fellow Patriots:

In the Jewish extent of important holidays, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year’s, and Yom Kippur, the day of redemption, faith, and charity are the big two, that every observant Jew should stop and reflect thereon. As I write this blog entry on America’s sacred day of reflection, I reflect with and on so many emotions within my being. I am:

  • Humbled
  • Angry
  • Full of Regrets
  • A bit Hopeless and Resigned
  • Lacking the Faith I Once had in my Fellow Man

In Reflection

I need to reflect on the meaning of 9-11. By the time you read this, the 20th anniversary of 9-11 will be retreating from memory. For some, those who lost a loved one then or in the fight that followed to righteously set wrongs right, 9-11 is like ground-hog day, with every morning bringing back deeply held memories that become part of who you are, your very being. For those people and others, 9-11, like Pearl Harbor did for all Americans in 1941 is a searing memory that does not diminish with time.

America, in its righteous anger, went after those that would wish to bring us to heal. With the extraordinary and painful payment of blood and treasure, you would be right to believe that we went down the wrong path this time. What went wrong? Far more than we have space to fill today. Suffice it to say that we once again allowed politicians rather than warriors to manage a military action. And, did not set firm goals that we had to meet before we could claim victory.

America is in transition

America is in transition. From where and to what is an open question. I had a Labor Day cookout at my house last weekend. It became clear to me in listening to some of my guests that emotions ranged from anger, frustration, apathy, and even kind of acquiescence to our new world view…losers. Observing and participating, I knew our innocence was lost in a maelstrom of mixed emotions that had no bottom, no obvious way back.

Yet, I know they were wrong, I feel it in my bones. Whether it is my good friend who is sure the end has come for America in the face of the ascendancy of China or another good friend who wants to trust the good intentions of those that have no demonstrated history of successful outcomes.

America has been blessed with great leaders when we need them. Leaders who do not do focus testing to decide what they say and do, but instinctively do the right thing and will bring us along for the ride, even when it is not popular. In deference to my good friend who believes China is eating our lunch (they are) size of population and ambition are not determinants. Brains and Freedom are.

In the United States, even with the drag of millions of people whose most important thought and priority is their next meal or getting to the football game on time, we have more brains, innovators, and patriots than anywhere else in the world. Take it on faith, there is no challenge, no problem, no issue, no bad government leadership that will overcome a simple, yet extraordinarily powerful American idea like Freedom.

Intellectual freedom, political freedom, physical freedom, and most of all economic freedom have the power of an atom bomb. With this freedom will come the leverage necessary to prevail, even in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. We have been tested before with seemingly overwhelming odds and prevailed spectacularly.

Lately, we’ve largely been responsible for our own undoing, there is no question about that. We have been misled by our leaders, our thirst for trinkets, our love of leisure time, and our belief that there is a free lunch when there never is. Most of all, we choose to not take responsibility for how we got here.

Voting is a sacred right and privilege

I blame voters squarely for an incredible disinterest in learning what the issues are and the ramifications that result as a consequence. Just because something is hard; it’s not an excuse to vote for a sound bite.  Do your research! Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote:

“When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.”

How true. How obvious. And, it has happened. No matter whether you are a Democrat, Republican, Independent, or just don’t care; we are all equally responsible for electing individuals that can’t grasp four simple concepts:

  1. You can’t spend more than you take in (except in times of war)
  2. You don’t go to war unless you plan to win at any cost
  3. You never establish a right by one group of people to raid the Peoples’ Treasury at will (entitlements)
  4. All leaders eventually stink like yesterday’s fish dinner (term limits)

We lost our innocence by believing that a representative government meant the citizens ceded interest in the final product—good government.  How we get it back is going to be messy. For the first time, I’ll state that I don’t think we’re going to be successful at the ballot box to restore classical American values. We’ve gone too far for too long.

You can see it in those polls that reinforce the administration’s view that a majority of the people like the new entitlements and spending proposed in the new $3.5 Trillion bill now being circulating in Congress and slated for one-party passage. You see it the millions of people sitting at home unwilling to go to work and make a living. You see it in destabilized families with troubled children who can’t read and write well and with marriages that discourage the young from replicating their parent’s successful lives.

It’s a troubling time indeed

It bears repeating…circle back to my statement “there is no challenge, no problem, no issue, no bad government leadership that will overcome a simple, yet extraordinarily powerful American idea like Freedom”.  If you truly believe that, and you must if you don’t want to be a slave to the system or some vision of one-world government, you must resist. You must regain the belief in the power you already have and confront the evil that is present in your lives.

There is no sugar coating it, the burdens of living a good life include the responsibility to do the heavy lifting required. Remember Super Man? What was it he said, “Truth, Justice and the American Way?” Having just emerged from the great depression, Superman uttered these words in early 1942 just after Pearl Harbor. Those words are not just comic book lines, they personify what America is and what it must once again become or face annihilation with barely a footnote in history written by our enemies as a failed experiment.

Don’t think this could happen? We see history being rewritten today, before our very eyes, by the current liberal politicians who stamp out views, laws, and history that does not suit their narrative. Lord I know we are on the precipice; if only every good person could/would see it!

Fellow Patriots and you are a Patriot if you have read this far, ask yourself the question, “If not you, then who?” Find a way to contribute to the most important goal you have. Safeguard not just our heritage, but our children’s future and that of billions of others yet to be enslaved by dark forces waiting in the shadows. Every freedom-loving person, white, brown, or polka-dot has a place at this table, but, be prepared to pay the price of admission.

Freedom is never free

Freedom is never free. And it’s a solemn duty we should thirst for, work for, and even, if necessary, die for, just like some of our Founders did. More recently, we as a nation and as Americans rightly protect our national interest here and abroad, we send our sons and daughters all over the world, sometimes coming back in caskets or with broken bodies. I for one believe America is worth that high price that requires this holy payment. I hope you do as well.

God Bless America

Allan J. Feifer

2 thoughts on “Innocence Lost”
  1. “Hard times create strong men. Strong men create good times. Good times create weak men. And, weak men create hard times.” ~G. Michael Hopf
    I think that due to so much recent prosperity in the USA, as a country, people have become weak. I still have hope that people will wake up and change the direction of this runaway train. God help us all if that doesn’t happen.

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