John Hawkins

"There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny." -- FDR

We Americans, complain though we may, are a generation to which much has been given. We have enjoyed a level of power and prosperity that has exceeded anything known by human beings in world history.

Our military has been impossible to defeat in conventional battle and our industry has been the engine of the world economy. Not only do we feed the world, we make much of its medicine and entertainment as well. Because of our trade policies that have allowed in cheap goods from all around the planet, even the poor in this country usually have cars, TVs, and air conditioning.

Inventions we take for granted -- like the computer, cell phone, DVR, Mp3 player, and microwave -- have helped make our lives considerably richer than they were even in 1980, when none of those marvelous advances were widely available to the public and we were gripped in the throes of a recession far worse than the one we're in today.

If we could go further back in time 75 years ago and give the richest men in America the opportunity to trade all their wealth for the lifestyle available to a middle-class American today, the overwhelming majority of them would jump at the opportunity.

But, do Americans today appreciate what they have? Do they understand how much blood, sweat, tears, and sacrifice it took to get us to this point? Do they still have that sense of connection to the Christians who were willing to cross an ocean and settle an untamed continent so they could freely practice their religious beliefs? Do they feel tied to the Founding Fathers who wanted to see this become a great nation? Do they admire the courage of American pioneers and settlers who tamed this country one wagon train and settlement at a time? When they think of the men who have died fighting to defend this country and its citizens, do they appreciate it or even understand their motives? How many Americans would still agree with Tom Paine's immortal words, "If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace?"


John Hawkins

John Hawkins runs Right Wing News and Linkiest. He's also the co-owner of the The Looking Spoon. You can see more from John Hawkins on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, G+, You Tube, and at PJ Media.