America - A State of Mind (Redux)

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Last July I wrote a short assay entitled “America – A State of Mind.” It reflected my observation of the state of our nation back then. I could already begin to see the eroding fabric of our star-spangled banner.

AMERICA -- A STATE OF MIND (REDUX)

By Al Garcia

Last July I wrote a short assay entitled “America – A State of Mind.”  It reflected my observation of the state of our nation back then.  I could already begin to see the eroding fabric of our star-spangled banner.  I could feel the weakening passion for truth and justice, while sensing partisan rage and furor begin to rise in scope and in intensity.  And I could hear the long-dormant drums of distrust and hatred begin to beat again. 

I felt confused and tried to reassure myself that America would never let itself be used, exploited or abused, and that tradition and our long-established principles, practice and institutional expedience would see us through the long and winding road ahead. 

Since my essay of last year, time has not been kind to my America, nor has time proved me right.  I have only seen the chasm and divide between people, parties and ideas grow wider and deeper.  The state of our national dialogue has estranged families and friends, while discord has arisen between neighbors, and even religious institutions have taken positions that have split and alienated their congregations of the faithful. 

Last year, when I wrote my essay (America – A State of Mind), I was writing about a feeling deep down inside of me that forewarned me of the partisan crusades that would divide and eventually bring dishonor and discredit to the stature and character of our nation, while weakening our resolve to come together as one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.  And so, it has come to pass. 

Below is what I wrote last year.  Looking back, I am amazed at how close I came to predicting our current state of affairs.  You be the judge: 

 

America, conceived by men of conscience – now in a state of mindlessness. America, perceived to be the cradle of liberty and justice for all – now seen as the abductor of dreams, the slayer of hope, and the destroyer of pride and dignity. 

 

To once have felt the passion of the American experience as it resonated through the voice of truth, of hope and empathy, was to have known the worth of our humanity and our decency.  To once have held the torch and felt the warmth and seen the light that shined so bright beyond the boundaries of our domain, was to have felt the beating heart of a people and of a nation.  To once have been the land of hope and victory for the vanquished and defeated, was to have known the humility of our history and the humbleness of our beginning. 

 

America, my country, my sweet land of liberty. America, where freedom’s bell rang from sea to shining sea.  America, whose patriots dreamed of a glimmering city on a hill, undimmed by the passage of time or the treachery of men. America, the melting pot of dreams and of visions that magnified the imagination and the ingenuity of dreamers, romantics and idealists of every color and every shade, and of every faith and every creed.

 

America, once upon a time . . . a wonderful state of mind, and a grandeur and magnificence that outshined the natural wonders and splendors that astound us.  America -- an idea and a place that we thought unforgettable, invincible and unconquerable – now floundering and stumbling in unchallenged and unfettered arrogance and egotism.

 

America, now in a muddled and jumbled state of mind. 


Submitted: May 23, 2021

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