8.1.2022 – ask yourselves, have we

ask yourselves, have we
each of us, done all we could?
have we done enough?

Such was the question asked by President Lyndon Johnson in a an address at Johns Hopkins University, titled “Peace Without Conquest” on April 07, 1965.

It, sad to say, was a speech in defense of the ongoing war in Vietnam.

LBJ laid out his reasons for being in a war in South East Asia and he laid out his post war plans for the region.

When he closed, LBJ said this:

Every night before I turn out the lights to sleep I ask myself this question: Have I done everything that I can do to unite this country? Have I done everything I can to help unite the world, to try to bring peace and hope to all the peoples of the world? Have I done enough?

Ask yourselves that question in your homes–and in this hall tonight. Have we, each of us, all done all we could? Have we done enough?

Many consider the Vietnam War and Vietnam Era as one of the most divisive times in the history of the United States.

The end of the United States as we knew it, was coming.

On the one hand, the United States did NOT come to end.

On the other hand, the Untied States, as we knew it at that time, did.

Maybe the country came out of that era better.

At the funeral for Rosa Parks, Former President Bill Clinton said that Ms. Parks made America better.

Later in the funeral eulogies, Louis Farrakhan challenged this, saying that while Ms. Parks DID make America better, she did not make America good. And at that, GOOD AMERICA was a long way from GREAT AMERICA.

What can a person do?

Since she is on my mind, consider Rosa Parks.

She sat down so others could stand up.

What am I doing?

Can I, like LBJ, every night before I turn out the lights to sleep, ask myself this question: Have I done everything that I can do to unite this country?

Not what have I done to further a political thought or agenda.

Not what have I done to further a specific point of view or action.

But, what have I done to unite this country.

The very next thing after asking ‘have we done enough?’, LBJ delivered this warning.

We may well be living in the time foretold many years ago when it was said: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”

This generation of the world must choose: destroy or build, kill or aid, hate or understand.

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