Our government is certainly going to fall like a rope of sand
if unsupported by the moral fabric of God’s Word.
The moral structure in our country grew from Judeo-Christian roots.
When those values are applied, they produce moral fruits.
But if that structure disappears, the moral sentiment that shapes our nation’s goals will disappear with it.
~ Billy Graham, “The Secret of Happiness”, 1955

What makes the United States of America exceptional is that it is the only trans-racial nation on the planet. We operate on the idea that anyone – no matter where they come from – may BECOME an American. While you certainly can live in America and not BE an American, those who do come here legally, who become citizens, who assimilate into American society and adopt American ideals, ARE Americans. Yours truly is a prime case in point.

You can’t do that anywhere else. I can move to Japan, say, gain official Japanese citizenship, learn to speak Japanese, and adopt Japanese culture as my own – but I can never, ever BE Japanese. Or German, or Dutch, or whatever.

This is because the United States of America is more than just a place, it is an idea – and believing in that idea is what makes you an American. Not the nation of your birth, your skin color, or your religion. No other nation on Earth operates this way and that is why America is exceptional.

Exceptional enough in character and morality, that three previously-unrecognized young American men swept to the forefront of newspapers/social media and cable news outlets around the world this past week when their exploits on a train headed to Paris from Brussels (a trip, incidentally, that I have made many times during one of my past business lives) included the take-down of an identified Islamic Jihadist Muslim Terrorist who it turns out, was hell-bent on wiping out the entire passenger list on that train. Bare-handed, they hauled him down, whacked him unconcious, and tied him up with towels until the “authorities” could come and haul him off to prison.

Something about that American “Spirit of 1776” isn’t there? Read on and be proud of your fellow-American younger generation who respond unselfishly in the face of pure evil, staring down danger until the safety barriers have been replaced and strengthened…


 The Way to Win with the Better Angels of Our Nature


News got you down? Stock Market crashing? Hillary? The Donald? Fortunately, there is some good news. Sometimes the good guys win. Case in point: this week’s story about the three Americans who tackled the Muzzie with the AK on the train in France.

Americans Who Thwarted French Train Attack Were Childhood Friends – WSJ

“The three American men whom French authorities credit with disrupting a potential terror attack on a Paris-bound high-speed train Friday are childhood friends who had all attended California’s Freedom Christian School and often played military games together growing up.

“Airman First Class Spencer Stone, Oregon National Guard member Alek Skarlatos, and college student Anthony Sadler were tourists trekking through Europe on a planned three-week vacation. They will return home as decorated heroes, following a scheduled visit with French President François Hollande at Élysée Palace, after authorities say they bravely took down a man they say was armed with boxcutters and several guns. …

“We believe God’s providential will worked its way out,” said Mr. Sadler’s father, Anthony Sadler, a Baptist pastor.

But wait, it gets better. Look at their pictures.


Three good looking American kids. Two white, one black. Boyhood friends.

What does this have to do with politics? Simple.

Obama is not just wrong about America. He and his hench-creatures are evil. They are trying to tribalize us, so that they can divide us and rule a demoralized and defeated country forever.

This is what we must fight.

The way to win is to not accept tribalization. The way to win is to state that these three young men are what America is really all about.

This needs to be our message: “We are Americans, We are neighbors, We are friends, We are brothers. This is what makes us the exceptional nation. This is what makes us the Last Best Hope of Earth. We will unite and we will defeat America’s enemies wherever we find them.”

#AllLivesMatter. #GodBlessAmerica

“Crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea.”

The way to win is not to nurture grievances and salve them with unfulfillable promises. The way to win is to call people to be their highest and best selves. Republican Presidential Candidates: Forget Hillary. Forget the Donald. Forget Obama. The ads, the speeches, write themselves. Appeal to our highest selves. Draw the contrast with the tactics of tribalism and division. Don’t be afraid to be sappy and sentimental.

These three young men have made us proud.
“I’m proud to be an American where at least I know I’m free. And I won’t forget the men who died, who gave that right to me. And I’d gladly stand up next to you and defend her still today. ‘Cause there ain’t no doubt I love this land God bless the U.S.A.”

That’s what these three young men embody – just exactly like my own three sons – the spirit of freedom, free association, and a willingness to stand against our enemies. God bless ’em and the USA. And add them to your daily prayer-list from this day forward …

The Pilgrims put their ideals ahead of all material considerations. It is not surprising that the Pilgrims had little and succeeded, while we have much and are in danger of failing. No civilization can make progress unless some great principle is generously mixed into the mortar of its foundations in life.
~ Billy Graham, “Breakfast With Billy Graham”, 1996

Face of Jesus by Richard Hook

Soli Deo Gloria!

h/t Gerard Vanderleun and his American Digest; personal archives…