Loss of the American Spirit

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When will Americans of every kind and of every political persuasion finally stand up for themselves and for America? When will enough, be enough?

LOSS OF THE AMERICAN SPIRIT

By Al Garcia

When will Americans of every kind and of every political persuasion finally stand up for themselves and for America?  When will enough, be enough? 

America and Americans used to be brave and courageous.  At home and abroad, America was always more than simply a piece of land or a hodgepodge of soulless and utilitarian institutions merely holding together a melting pot of world refugees seeking to live free. 

We had an “American Spirit” that defined us and explained us as a people and as a nation.  We had character, ethics, morality and most of all the courage to confront anything and anyone who would dare attempt to break our spirit and our will to persevere and achieve the impossible and improbable.  We were Americans.  A nation of conscience and integrity.  At Iwo Jima in 1945 our young brave soldiers joined hands and raised the flag that showed the world America’s courage and resolve.  At the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, fire fighters ran into an inferno ignited by hate, and displayed America’s unwavering and fearless will to live and to survive, while facing the aftermath of pure evil.  That was the American Spirit at work.  That was the coming together of the bodies and souls of united individuals that together make the heart of a nation beat strong and prideful. 

The American Spirit is indefinable.  It can be a word, an action, an imperceptible yet instinctual human response, like a simple hug or a compassionate acknowledgment of shared pain or sorrow.  It can be one person responding to the need of a family member, a neighbor or a stranger, or it can be a nation united as one, responding to a tragedy or catastrophe, or it can be a shared moment of elation or jubilation.  The American Spirit is empathy, draped in strength, courage and compassion.  That is what our America used to be.  That is how we used to be and how we used to bond and relate, one to the other -- a melting pot of familial national intimacy, oblivious to racial, religious, ethnic, or political persuasion.  It was this kaleidoscopic gathering of minds, and hearts and souls, that made us one nation under God.

Today I see and hear Americans as they sit and listen to the rhetoric of madness and absurdity.  I hear our virtues and values degraded and debased by the very man tasked with bringing us together and inspiring the unity and harmony that is the American Spirit.  But the worst thing I hear is the silence of the people who gather around to listen to the disheartening and often befuddling words and lies and threats.  Their approving silence often interrupted with applause and with cries of abject hatred, hostility and contempt toward their fellow Americans, toward institutions that have inspired our achievements and empowered our imagination and ingenuity, and toward the very faith that helped to lay the foundation of our existence. 

The loss of the American Spirit is the loss of our very essence – that vital principle or animating force within us – that has sustained us and uplifted us through the worst of times, and encouraged and reinvigorated us in moments of national achievement and triumph.

Who will history chronicle as the American patriot who finally stands up at a rally, or stands in front of Congress and speak truth to power, and says, “Mr. Speaker, the Republican Party is no more.  It has become a cult, not a political party.  The once Great Old Party no longer has a vision or understanding of America.  And, tragically, there demeaning, derisive and humiliating vulgarity and crudeness toward America is not the voice of the America I know.” 

When will enough, be enough?  How did we get to this point – allowing our heritage and our legacy as a nation to be violated and abused, desecrated and perverted?  It did not take just one man to get to where we are today – it took “we the people.”  We allowed the rape of our nation and the abduction of our values and our principles.  And I ask again, when will someone, somewhere, say, “enough is enough”?

It is time to put the American Spirit back into our lives and into our national dialogue.  It is time to let the world know, that once again, Americans are united and unstoppable, because we believe in the spirit of our Country and our people. 

Who will speak up for America and for those of us who still believe in America and its unrelenting spirit?  We already know who is speaking against us and against America.  Whose voice will the world hear?


Submitted: May 23, 2021

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