Payne's Perspective: October 5, 2020: American Resolve
The year 2020 has been the biggest test for humanity since World War II. The forces of evil somehow infected the world, and millions of lives were taken. Covid-19 also has threatened millions more in the name of ideology.
This year, the battle has been a scourge of the likes that have visited humankind throughout history. There was never a question about surviving Covid-19. But to live through it is to maintain our dignity, humanity, sanity, hopes, and dreams.
I believe the United States has accomplished this. Although it was not without its ups and downs, which have been exacerbated by a political ideology. It is generating a level of anger and hate that is only a couple of levels below those that have sparked civil strife and conflict.
The irony is I cannot think of any nation in the history of the world that was wealthy as the United States, and yet seemingly this unhappy. There have been great empires in history that stumbled and never get got back to preeminence. Many others have slipped so far that their influences and futures are limited.
Even in these comparisons, the United States is different. America never set out to colonize the rest of the world. On the contrary, the nation was dragged into one of the biggest conflicts. Consequently, overcoming those conflicts resulted in the American Century. The Pax Americana has proven to be expensive and draining, resulting in a nation that no longer has the level of dominance and advantage over the world that we had at the end of World War II.
I am in the camp that it’s time for America to be more focused on Americans. It’s noble to want to protect and feed the world’s poor, but far too many Americans are in danger and far too many are poor.
I believe the Age of Covid-19 has resulted in an inner focus that can be a guiding light beyond beating the virus. It’s a resolve that shouldn’t stop with just containing the virus, but beating the virus - as we maintain a determination to be the best we can be, to listen and respect each other, and to provide a better future for our children and grandchildren.
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