Sunday, May 1, 2011
A Royal Wakeup Call
The Royal Wedding we recently witnessed was quite an event. Coverage was all over the American media. One could not help but notice the hoopla on every TV or radio station. Even commercials got in on the act.
I heard some negative comments from time to time about too much coverage, but there will always be people who cannot exist in a positive world. I wish the happy couple all the joy life has to offer, and I rejoice with them, and the British people.
Americans did miss something, however. It used to belong to all of us. Our parents, grandparents, and great grandparents thrived on it. I don’t see much of it today, and it is a pity. From teaching young people, I fear they could not recognize it, because they have neither seen nor heard of it. I did notice the Brits had plenty of it. It is commonly known as pride.
As part of the Royal Wedding broadcast, I noticed millions of people peacefully assembling to wallow in their national unity. I did not see trouble, protest, violence, police dogs, fires, looting (another word for stealing under the guise of a cause), mayhem, or discontent. I did not see citizens who rumble with the best in their political forums taking their personal ideologies to the streets to the embarrassment of a nation. I saw scenes that gave me a sense of deep respect for a country that influenced the growth of the USA so greatly. Hats off to them!
Recently, I was mortified to hear of an American protest over barber poles. One group started a movement to ban them, since red, white, and blue could be offensive to some. Another movement sought to ban phrases, such as "dumb as an ox," since it is demeaning to animals. I did not see the same group protesting the burning of the American flag. It is hard for a person looking at his father’s medals earned under General Patton during WWII to witness such irresponsible folly.
Perhaps, Americans will regain their national dignity. I hope so. I have not lost mine, but I am saddened by the attitudes I have witnessed among many members of the next generation. Refusing to pledge allegiance to the flag, for example, is disturbing to me.
My sincerest wish is that today’s young citizens never have to experience the horrors of war on their own soil. That is one way to bond as a society no nation should ever have to endure. If they did, they would search frantically for allies, and there would be a few to come to their aid. The British would, I am certain. It is a matter of pride.