Paul Harvey published the following article in the Los Angeles Times a few years back. Each time I have read it, I find myself wanting to jump up and down and scream, “That’s what America is about”! Read on and see how it impacts you.
“One summer morning as Ray Blankenship was preparing his breakfast, he gazed out his kitchen window, and saw a small girl being swept along in the rain-flooded drainage ditch beside his Andover, Ohio, home. Blankenship knew that farther downstream, the ditch disappeared with a roar underneath a road and then emptied into the main culvert. Ray dashed out the door and raced along the ditch, trying to get ahead of the foundering child. Finally, he did the unthinkable, to reach the child he flung himself into the deep, churning, muddy water.
Ray surfaced and by some miracle was able to grab the child’s arm. They tumbled end over end in the raging water, drawing ever closer to the disastrous end that would await them both. Within about three feet of the yawning culvert, Ray’s free hand felt something protruding from one bank. He grabbed it and hung on desperately. All this time the tremendous force of the water tried to tear him and the child away to certain death.
“If I can just hang on until help comes,” he thought to himself.. and he did… with one hand… for nearly 30 minutes. In fact he did even better than that. By the time the fire-department rescuers arrived, Blankenship had managed to pull himself and the girl to safety. Both were treated at the local hospital for shock and hypothermia and then release. On April 12, 1989, Ray Blankenship was awarded the Coast Guard’s Silver Lifesaving Medal. The award is fitting, for this selfless person was at even greater risk to himself than most people had realized. Why? Because Ray Blankenship never learned how to swim! And now you know the rest of the story… Good Day!”
This is America at it’s core. No matter how weak and directionless our current leaders may be, or how corrupt many of our politicians are, that is not who WE are! We are a nation of people who will rise to the occasion when called upon, and do what it takes to get the job done. We are a people willing to do the impossible in order to accomplish the improbable. We will give with generosity and serve selflessly when the necessity of such actions presents itself. We are one people, from every nation under heaven, and every walk of life, who sees something greater than our own self-interests.
America, at it’s core, is a nation of honorable people who desire to work and make an honest living. They can see the possibilities that exist for those who live here, and know these things can’t be found in any other nation on earth. In our founding documents, and in our historical foundation, we are a Christian nation, built upon Christian principles. We embrace the God of the Bible and the standard He set that provides for the full prosperity of all who love Him. Yes, we have issues. What nation doesn’t? But within those issues we always find a way to open healthy dialogue and find a resolution. Yes, we have disagreement. What family doesn’t? But we always find a way to hear one another and find solid ground on which to walk together, and if need be, fight every enemy in order to preserve the freedom of this beautiful nation.
We are not … I REPEAT, WE ARE NOT… African-Americans. We are Americans who are blessed with African heritage. We are not Italian-Americans. We are Americans who are blessed with Italian heritage. And so it is for all the “huddled masses” who have come to these life-giving shores. Our national language is English, but we embrace the language of other nations and allow them to speak freely on this blood-bought soil. We are a light of hope in a violent world, and a thorn in the eye of ISIS and every other demonic group that would love to crush us out of existence. This Is America, and we will not go silently into the night!
I love America and all that it stands for. I hate political correctness, and corrupt politicians who promote it’s deceptive, divisive ways. America is unique among all the nations of the world, and it’s people are blessed above them all as well. The liberty we have and the freedoms we fought and died for should never be taken for granted. In order to preserve this great land, and restore it, we need to get on our knees and pray and then stand on our feet and vote. If you love this nation and want to see it rescued from the hands of those who hate it, this November is your chance to bring change.
Until we can see with clear eyes and act with a national heart, the politicians who have tried to redefine our heritage and nearly destroyed our nation, will continue to do so. My heart cry is simple and I believe all can embrace it. Be a hero, like Ray Blankenship, and jump in even if you can’t swim in the political drainage ditch that has tried to sweep our nation away. Grab hold of the truth and hold on, no matter how strong the current of rhetoric is that is flowing from Washington. I believe you and I will rise to the occasion, and with God’s help in November, we will rescue this nation from the brink disaster. Get the word out … pray and vote the Bible or suffer the consequences. The choice is up to us and we can make a difference. Now Get Out There And Tell Everyone You Meet To Vote The Bible !