Twlight in America

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Imagine a place where civility, respect, altruism, humility and compassion are things that you only read about in history books or hear about in stories from your elders about their experiences growing up in a “different America,” in a “different time.” Imagine a place that extols the worst of times in our national history, and the worst of human conduct and acceptance.

TWLIGHT IN AMERICA

By Al Garcia

Imagine a place where civility, respect, altruism, humility and compassion are things that you only read about in history books or hear about in stories from your elders about their experiences growing up in a “different America,” in a “different time.”  Imagine a place that extols the worst of times in our national history, and the worst of human conduct and acceptance.

I remember being taught such simple things, like truthfulness, kindness and respect by my parents and extended family.  I remember learning such things as empathy, values and honor, by simply watching the people around me as I grew and matured into the man I am today.  And I learned of my obligation to pass these values and traits on to the next generation by serving in our military to ensure the generational passage of America’s greatness.

And now, in the twilight of my years, I am a witness to what I would never have expected within my lifetime – hearing the suicidal screams of a once vibrant, robust and discerning nation.  I hear the frenzied cries of hate, division, animosity, distrust and indifference emanating from the corridors of power in our national capital.  I see the fumbling inactions of our leaders, and I hear their deafening silence of compliance, submission and obedience.  And I cringe with trepidation and apprehension.

Have we become a nation of sheep, instead of the nation of heroes and champions that lit the path for nations across the globe?  It has become evident that our Representatives and Senators have repeatedly shown us that they are willing to shut their eyes and ears to the deterioration and dismantling of the very fabric of all that is America for the sake of their own self-preservation, and damn be the American people.

Does anyone recall hearing the fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” by Hans Christian Anderson?  Such a simple child’s story, yet poignant and relevant today.  When will someone stand up and yell out, “Hey folks, he’s nothing more than a fraud, a con, a reflection of the worst in us, and of the worst of us.” 

When will we the people take back America and restore and demand the civility, respect, altruisms, humility and compassion that once made America great?  When can we again hold our heads high and extend our hands across all lands and feel the pride, respect and glory that once was America?

I long to hear the voice of reason emanate from the corridors of our nation’s capital.  I long to hear the many steps of people as they walk the halls of the White House and Congress, instead of only listening to a single step, as everyone walks in lockstep without uttering a disparaging word against the assault on our history, our achievements and our destiny.

At the beginning, I asked you to “[I]magine a place where civility, respect, altruism, humility and compassion are things that you only read about in history books or hear about in stories from your elders about their experiences growing up in a ‘different America,’ a ‘different time.’  Imagine a place that extols the worst of times in our national history, and the worst of human conduct and acceptance.”  Well, unfortunately, we don’t have to “imagine” it, we just have to open our eyes – the place is called America today.


Submitted: June 11, 2021

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