October 31, 2012

The Great American Boo Boo

19th century French historian, Alexis de Tocqueville, made several prescient observations about America’s destiny.

“In the United States the majority undertakes to supply a multitude of ready-made opinions for the use of individuals who are thus relieved from the necessity of forming opinions of their own.”

“When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.”

“Liberty cannot be established without morality, nor morality without faith.”

What would Alexis say about the character of the nation we’ve builtin which 2.3 million of us watch Honey Boo Boo’s “reality” show starring “America’s favorite family,” Georgia’s “lice-picking, lard-eating, nose-thumbing” Thompsons?  

Centuries before de Toqueville another keen observer of humanity,Paul from Tarsus, wrote, “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

Blessed with faith, family and freedom, how could we have made such a Boo Boo?