Few Americans under the age of 50 have ever even heard of Kate Smith, but at a time in our not-too distant past when she sang “God Bless America,” almost everyone in our great country became misty-eyed and felt a genuine wave of love for who we were and what we stood for as a nation and as a people.
Unfortunately she is gone, and so is the national sense of American pride she sang about that once united us. Now it is almost deemed as shameful jingoism to express love of country, and our once-united nation is becoming more and more fragmented.
Contrary to John F. Kennedy’s exhortation to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” far too many people are only interested in what America can do for them. Others, like Rev. Jeremiah Wright, tell us, “No, no not God bless America. God damn America.”
I’ll take Kate Smith’s America.