Many Americans are in Mourning


In 1911, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre Museum. Despite its seemingly eternal iconic status, prior to being stolen, historians assert the Mona Lisa was relatively unknown to the public. After knowledge about the heist was made known, the story is told that thousands of Parisians flocked to stare – at the empty spot on the wall where she once hung.

A few years back, I found myself also staring — down the gaping hole that would soon become “home” to my deceased husband. The events of that day are blurry, with the exception of the drive from the cemetery. The sun was quickly fading in the western sky as the funeral home limousine whisked me due east into the darkness of night and concurrently into the darkest season of my life. Peering through the window, grief-stricken, I explicitly remember thinking my life would never be the same. It wasn’t.  And, over time, I realized how much I had taken for granted.

Though not as dramatic as grieving the loss of loved one, or as superficial as grieving the loss of an inanimate object like the Mona Lisa, it seems a growing number of Americans are now in mourning for the America they didn’t fully appreciate until it was gone.

They are longing for the time when civility and unity had a place in Washington politics and America led the world economically, ethically and militarily. A time when planning for the future was a positive thing.  Gas and food prices didn’t force you to choose between basic necessities and your mortgage payment, and jobs were in surplus and unemployment low.

 If anything positive could be said about the upheaval that has marked the past few years, it’s that it sparked a reawakening to our national identity as a “shining city on a hill”, as Reagan so eloquently put it. At the same time, the Progressive left has seized the opportunity to peddle their own propaganda and promote the “fundamental change” Obama so eloquently promised.

Karl Marx once argued in 1859 the process for social revolution must include the economic unraveling of capitalism before “A socialist society based on democratic cooperation thus arises.” The winds of change are again blowing as the 2012 election nears; Progressives understand the window for advancing their ideas under the Obama administration is rapidly closing. As a result, leaders are doing their best to convince the rest of us that America is in need of another revolution by manufacturing anti-Capitalism protests around the country.

Back in 2010, AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka said labor unions must control the “national conversation” and help to “fundamentally restructure our economy,” and former Obama administration environmental advisor (and avowed communist), Van Jones, echoed Trumka’s charge and recently promised an “American Fall” similar to the recent Arab Spring protests. True to their words and their cause, “anti-everything” protests have broken out across America making the rest of us even more homesick for the land we once knew.

Problem is, these twenty-something protesters simply don’t know what they have in America. If rewarded for their efforts after protesting for the sake of protesting, they will find themselves staring at the empty hole that was this great country and will not even know why.

2 Responses to Many Americans are in Mourning

  • Susan, your essay really hits home to me. My father, a decorated officer in WWII (Navy Cross from action on Iwo Jima), passed away on June 2, 2011, and I am still morning this loss. I have two sons ages 10 and 14 both in Scouts. I never served as I was just young enough to avoid Vietnam.

    In these days and times I would not fight for a country that has progressive socialism as its political center. Under normal circumstances I would be proud to have my sons join the military and possibly come in to harms way to defend out country. But not now. What would they be defending: the collective right to bargain by forces more loyal to labor unions than to their very own country; the ability to pay back China and others for debts created to allow others to reproduce more kids and get paid to do so though our welfare state and thus gain political control by sheer force of numbers allowed by Johnson’s Great Society.

    I am no longer proud to be an American, not just because of Obama, but also because of the people who voted him into office and the control they have over us through predatory bureaucrats and the mass media. I do not want my sons to join the military and risk death for a country, an ideal, that has already died.

    • Great post. Please allow your concerns to inspire you to join the masses that plan to vote Obama and other key progressives out of office next November!