For a number of years, my family and I enjoyed trips to Washington, DC for the Fourth of July. We won’t be there for the Independence Day celebration this year because of other commitments, but hopefully will go later.

I love the city of Washington for its awesome architecture and amazing history.

I love to hear the National Anthem played and Old Glory saluted at the reading by costumed re-enactors of the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the National Archives.

I love to visit the Smithsonian’s Museum of American History to see the awesome flag that flew at Ft. McHenry through the British bombardment back in the War of 1812 on the night that Frances Scott Key sat watching it, writing ... ”Oh say can you see ...”

But as I sit here contemplating the 4th of July, 2019, I have to say that I do not love much of what happens in DC, or as is so often the case, what doesn’t happen there.

And as much as I genuinely appreciate the incredible work that President Donald Trump has done to “Make America Great Again”, I fear that we are on a slippery slope to self-destruction that Nikita Khrushchev, the late leader of the Communist Party of the former Soviet Union, prophesied some 60 years ago when he predicted that the U.S. would destroy itself from within without the Soviet Union having to fire a single shot.

The do-nothing, obstructionist, spineless Democrats and Republicans in Name Only (RINOs) in Congress need to be sent home in disgrace for total dereliction of duty.

The USA has become a nation dominated by greedy, selfish “takers” whose sole interest is in the Unholy Trinity ... “Me, Myself, and I”.

Watch any of the “real news” channels and you will see that America is today dominated by perfectly able-bodied people (who could work but won’t) with “gimme hands” outstretched, waiting on government checks and food stamps in the mail; a nation of people, as respected African-American neurosurgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson told me in an interview when he was running for president, who would rather live in generational subservience to “Big Brother” than work to support themselves and their families.

And the fact is, these outstretched “gimme hands” (many of whom are without a doubt here illegally) will vote for the slickest of shysters; for candidates who promise to put the most taxpayer-funded cash (borrowed from China) into government programs (and their pockets), neither of which have done one single thing to move us one step closer to solving the eternal problem of homelessness, poverty, and hunger.

As a result, our $22 TRILLION+ national debt means that every man, woman and child today owes more than $160,000 each toward paying that bill.

I am grateful that President Trump has made the restoration of our Armed Forces one of his top priorities, and has voided hundreds of the ill-advised, job-destroying “executive orders” signed by Barack Obama, under whom our military was almost decimated in the most liberal bureaucratic administration since LBJ.

We have, sadly, become a nation that no longer respects and reveres what is right in the eyes of God; a nation where atheism and secular humanism have outdistanced faith and doing the right thing.

We have become a nation that is so messed up that the life of an endangered rat or bug is worth more than that of an unborn human baby. If you are found with one eagle feather in your possession, you will could pay a $50,000 fine and spend years in jail. Yet, stand up for those who perform and advocate the cold-blooded, premeditated slaughter of unborn, viable human children up until the minute he or she is born, and you are celebrated by the main-stream news media and the sickest of the Hollywood elites as a hero.

God help us.

America has always been a welcoming nation where all people are welcome if they come LEGALLY, abide by our LAWS, and LEARN OUR LANGUAGE, CUSTOMS AND HERITAGE.

The current crisis on our Southern border where illegal, lawbreaking thugs, criminals and terrorists are flowing across in record numbers screams out for SOMEBODY to do SOMETHING. But is Congress listening? Or lifting a finger to stop it? President Trump has tried for two years. Too bad that can’t be said for the Congressional Cluelesscrats and RINOs.

We have been lied to for so long, that several generations have grown up believing that public expressions of Judeo-Christian faith have no place in our society. And for that ignorance and apathy we are now paying a heavy price.

Since the Supreme Court — in clear violations of the Constitution — banned prayer from public schools and legalized the slaughter of unborn human babies on demand, the government’s own numbers clearly show the staggering truth: murder, rape, robbery, teenage pregnancy, drug abuse, high school dropout rates, and many others have soared to more than 5000% of what they were just five decades ago.

Hello! Does that tell us anything??

The kinder, gentler, respectful America we knew is dying before our eyes, and if you and I want to save what’s left of it for our grandchildren and beyond, we had better start using our heads when we vote.

Praying long and hard wouldn’t hurt either. Just sayin’.

In closing, I remind readers once more of what Khrushchev said in the 1960s.

Its coming to pass, people.

Just look at so many of the presidential candidates of today who are gaining ground with their B.S. socialistic/communistic platforms.

The tenets of communism clearly state that, in order to dominate a group of people, a government must be all-knowing, all-powerful, and must oversee and scrutinize every aspect of a person’s life, including controlling what one thinks, what goes into school textbooks, what one sees in the news media, and the peoples’ healthcare. The tenets of socialism dictate that its OK to spend as much money as the government wants on anything ... as long as it is someone else’s cash (i.e., yours and mine!)

Sound familiar?

My one vote may seem insignificant but as long as I have a breath left in me, I will use my one vote to further my love for and belief in the America that I used to know and that I want to see it become again.

This 4th of July, be grateful, very, very grateful, for what we have as Americans, or what’s left of what we had, anyway, and if you care about the future of your children and grandchildren, the time for action is at the ballot box is the election of 2020.

The election of 2024 may be four years too late.