One Nation, Under God!
By Bob Weir

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Bob Weir is a veteran of 20 years with the New York Police Dept. (NYPD), ten of which were performed in plainclothes undercover assignments. Bob began a writing career about 16 years ago and had his first book published in 1999. He also became a syndicated columnist under the title “Weir Only Human.” Photo by and courtesy of Netsky Rodriguez.

F!OWER MOUND, TX — July 4, 2021 — As we celebrate the 245th anniversary of this great republic, it’s important to remember the reason July 4th is called Independence Day. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence from Great Britain’s monarchic ruler, King George. Two days later, delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. It was a stunning and dangerously bold move for the colonists to assert their freedom from the British Empire, the most powerful country in the world at that time.

However, from its beginning, the newly formed United States of America was emboldened by its ideals, not the least of which was religious liberty. That eloquently written Declaration set forth principles that were firmly grounded in faith. Numerous references to a higher power are found in the writings of the Founders. This famous passage makes it clear that their faith gave them the courage of their convictions: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” 

Those words became the aspirations our country would be built around. Jefferson, who abhorred the tyranny being imposed upon the colonies, wrote of his sad, but necessary, duty to rebel. “There is not in the British Empire a man who more cordially desires a union with Great Britain than I do. But, by the God that made me, I will cease to exist before I yield to a connection on such terms as the Parliament proposes. And in this, I think I speak the sentiments of America.” Writing in July 1776, referring to the momentous move by the colonists, John Adams, who would become our 2nd President, wrote: “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” 

Various religions have influenced the course of history for thousands of years. Belief in something outside our mortal existence has been a necessary component in constructing a civilization out of a primitive landscape. Similarly, it was faith in God, instilled into the heart and soul of the early settlers, which gave them purpose and united them for the grueling challenges they faced. The power of prayer is more than a cliché, it’s a spiritual transaction with one’s creator that provides hope when earthly solutions don’t seem possible. 

As our country grew toward its Manifest Destiny, the foundation of religious principles grew with it. In 1954, during the Cold War era, Americans wanted to distinguish the United States from the state atheism promoted by Marxist countries. Therefore, on Flag Day of that year, Congress added the words “under God” after “one nation.” 

Seven years later, in one of the greatest inaugural addresses of the 20th Century, President John Kennedy said: “We observe today, not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom…, for I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago. Those revolutionary beliefs for which they fought are still at issue around the globe; the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” President Ronald Reagan said: “Without God there is a coarsening of the society. And without God, democracy cannot and will not long endure. If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under.” 

As we gather with family and friends to celebrate the many rewards of living in this freest of all nations, let us not forget to thank those who risked everything, including their lives, to provide us with this bountiful lifestyle, which we so often take for granted. What we inherited, as a birthright, was made possible by some of the toughest, bravest, and most visionary people in history. Yet, as Benjamin Franklin said when asked what type of government had been formed: “A republic, if you can keep it.” Perhaps, if we hold on to the values of our religious heritage, Franklin’s advice will keep us from losing what our forefathers achieved for us.

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Comments 4

  1. To the other single person who read this, Mister China Virus, let me share something from a past great leader of our country, John F. Kennedy …

    “If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

    Otherwise no “Liberal” could come close to the grand job both you Mr. China and you Mr. Bob are doing to turn people against religion in the U.S. (and Bob I speak to you historically as a very disloyal fan who has observed your selfishness and bitterness for decades and from NY all the way to TX.) In fact because you two and people like you are so effective at communicating your vision of God and religion, not one of your perceived enemies, “liberal” or otherwise can even come close to doing more to destroy the future of God or religion than the fine job you and your peers continue to accomplish. So cheers and when you wonder what happened to faith, the mirror may be your best indicator.

    1. So I can’t call the virus from the Wuhan virus lab in Wuhan China 🇨🇳 the “China virus 🦠?”
      Okay I’ll call it the “Communist Chinese Party virus 🦠!” Do you realize how close we are to implosion as we debate as to whether there are FIFTY-TWO genders? With sleepy creepy Joe in charge the communists and Islamists are laughing at us as we destroy ourselves with absolute bizarre politically correct cognitive dissonance, congratulations.

  2. Why waste your time Bob, liberals AKA “ “Socialists” AKA “communists without guns”are devout atheists. The state is their G-d, which is why they’re just absolutely terrified of dying from the China 🇨🇳 virus 🦠.

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