At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Ben Franklin was asked what kind of government the new Americans had been given. His recorded response was “A Republic, if you can keep it.” Oh, if only Ben could be here today to view The O’Reilly Factor’s Watters’ World on the TV!
“Watters” is ace reporter Jesse Watters. He tours the country interviewing random “people on the street.” His segment is then featured by host Bill O’Reilly. Jesse’s topics range from historical facts to current news. Recent highlights include priceless responses regarding the president’s approval rating and student debt.
It is funny and entertaining, but also frightening. America is a one–of–a–kind nation. Most foreigners consider her to be a beacon of hope and opportunity. Many have been willing to boat, swim, stow away or pay just to get here––legally or not. What is it that those people are so desperately seeking? And, why do too many Americans not care about preserving what is special about our country?
I live in Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Arlington National Cemetery is situated just up the beltway near the edge of the Potomac. If you’ve never had the opportunity, make a plan to visit this special place. I have been there often. And, over the recent Fourth of July holiday, I went again. It is always a graphic reminder that freedom costs something.
The Arlington landscape is lined with tens of thousands of small white tombstones. Most of those buried there rendered the ultimate sacrifice. In doing so, they preserved our freedoms––including, unfortunately, the freedom to be uninformed. During my visit, Watters World came to mind. Many of his guests had been young people––some high, some flippant, a few embarrassed, most––ignorant. Was their dismissive and callous disregard deserving of these lost lives? Worse, are they indicative of America’s future? I pray not.
Arlington has a book entitled Where Valor Rests: Arlington National Cemetery. I wish some of the folks on Watters’ World would read it. It records loss and sorrow and the respect rendered its fallen by a grateful nation. One of the most poignant photos is of the Tomb of the Unknowns. America has never forgotten her unidentified and missing service members. They are represented here–– guarded by elite military members, every hour of every day of every year.
One of the founding documents responsible for such devotion to country is our incredible United States Constitution. Mr. Franklin thought it would be important for us to know what it says. Probably like most of Watters’ guests, I haven’t read it in a while. So tonight, I will invest a half hour of my evening to do exactly that. And I will remember the rows of Arlington, and be grateful. I challenge you to do the same.
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