Tag: America (home)

"The happy ending is our national belief."

permalink source: Mary McCarthy, American novelist and critic
tags: America

If you travel around the world--or even listen to the news each night, you know that many nations enjoy trashing America. Gordon Sinclair, a Canadian TV commentator, is sick of that and he wrote: "This Canadian thinks it is time to speak up for the Americans as the most generous and possibly the least appreciated people on earth. Germany, Japan and, to a lesser extent, Britain and Italy were lifted out of the debris of war by the Americans who poured in billions of dollars and forgave other billions in debts. None of these countries is today paying even the interest on its remaining debts to the United States. "When France was in danger of collapsing in 1956 it was the Americans who propped it up, and their reward was to be insulted and swindled on the streets of Paris. I was there. I saw it. "When earthquakes hit distant cities, it is the United States that hurries in to help. Last spring, 59 American communities were flattened by tornadoes. Nobody helped. "The Marshall Plan and the Truman Policy pumped in billions of dollars into discouraged countries. Now newspapers in those countries write about the decadent, warmongering Americans. "I'd like to see just one of those countries gloating about the erosion of America build its own airplane. Does any other country have a plane to equal the Boeing Jumbo Jet? If so, why don't they fly them? "Talk about Japanese technocracy and you get TVs. Or German technocracy and you get cars. Talk about American technocracy and you talk about men on the moon. "I can name you 5000 times when Americans raced to the help of other people in trouble. Can you name me even one time when someone else raced to the Americans in trouble? "This is one Canadian who is tired of hearing the Americans getting kicked around." So wrote Gordon Sinclair.

permalink source: Dan Betzer
tags: America

Edward Gibbon, author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, has attributed the fall of the Empire to: 1. The rapid increase of divorce; the undermining of the dignity and sanctity of the home, which is the basis of human society. 2. Higher and higher taxes and the spending of public monies for free bread and circuses for the populace. 3. The mad craze for pleasure; sports becoming every year more exciting and more brutal. 4. The building of gigantic armaments when the real enemy was within, the decadence of the people. 5. The decay of religion--faith fading into mere form, losing touch with life and becoming impotent to warn and guide the people. Edward Gibbon.

permalink source: Edward Gibbon (from a sermon illustration website)
tags: Culture, America

If God doesn't bring judgment on America soon, He will have to apologize to Sodom and Gomorrah.

permalink source: Ruth Graham
tags: America, Wrath Of God

Football combines two of the worst things about American life. It is violence punctuated by committee meetings. -- George Will

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: Sports, America

It is gruesome to watch modern 'historians' distort and invent facts to project the promiscuity, immorality and inconsistency of today's culture on the principled patriots of colonial America. One can only wonder if they simply cannot tolerate a good example. Too many historians have taken Mark Twain's comical quip, "There's nothing so disgusting as a good example," and turned it into a mission statement. By: John Ashcroft Source: Lesson from a Father to His Son, 1998, Thomas Nelson, pg 104

permalink source: Anonymous
tags: History, America

The West is like Judas Iscariot, who ate with Yesu, only to later deny him. The West ought to fear the fate of Judas, lest it hang itself on the tree of learning.... Once when I was in the Himalayas, I was sitting upon the bank of a river; I drew out of the water a beautiful, hard, round stone and smashed it. The inside was quite dry. The stone had been lying a long time in the water, but the water had not penetrated the stone. It is just like that with the "Christian" people of the West. They have for centuries been surrounded by Christianity, entirely steeped in its blessings, but the Master's truth has not penetrated them. Christianity is not at fault; the reason lies rather in the hardness of their hearts. Materialism and intellectualism have made their hearts hard. So I am not surprised that many people in the West do not understand what Christianity really is.

permalink source: Sundar Singh, The Wisdom of the Sadhu, 182-183
tags: Skepticism, America