Grassroots Commentary

The Chickens Have Come Home to Roost

By Charlie Lyon · Nov. 5, 2012

“America's chickens are coming home to roost.” - Rev. Jeremiah Wright

As a colloquialism the phrase “the chickens have come home to roost” is a quaint way of saying that what goes around comes around, or more directly, actions have consequences. As a theme, ideologues from many persuasions have tried to use it to explain America primarily by her flaws and failings.

The problem with condemning all Americans for past mistakes only shows the weakness of the measure they use rather than truly telling the story of America. Focusing on failures has merit if the measure is the founding principles rather than the opinions of historians, charlatans and pundits or the ignoble acts of incompetent politicians.

For example, as a white man, I can't recall any race-baiting socialist, like Louis Farrakhan, ever crediting my ancestors for shedding their blood to eradicate slavery. If white people are such monsters, and deserve to go to hell, as Rev. Dr. James Lowery taunts, why would they lay down their lives? For love of black people or love of the principle that all men are created equal? Just like Jesus Christ, there's a pretty compelling argument made for a man's willingness to shed his own blood for others; an argument that eviscerates (which means, ironically, to remove the entrails from; disembowel, e.g., to eviscerate a chicken) criticism of his motives. If we were to focus on the fact that America eventually got the slavery issue right, we could go much further in continuing our efforts to strengthen relationships in honoring one another.

We may not even personally like black folks, white folks, asians or irish; but, by God, we ought to love the principles by which we can stand together and give our lives for one another! That's what sets us apart from every other country in the history of the world!

President Calvin Coolidge observed:

It is often asserted that the world has made a great deal of progress since 1776, that we have had new thoughts and new experiences which have given us a great advance over the people of that day, and that we may therefore very well discard their conclusions for something more modern. But that reasoning cannot be applied to this great charter. If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people.

As Obama's experiment in audacity has taught us, we don't need “fundamental transformation” of the USA, but each generation of American citizen needs to be fundamentally transformed in character and strive to live up to these ideals by the grace available as we trust in God! If we do that, we will continue to make real progress toward overcoming our present problems and correcting the flaws of our past.


Adrien Nash in Crescent Cityh said:

What an amazing quote by Coolidge. As apropos today as ever, seemingly more so. As for African-Americans not giving credit for all the poor souls whose lives and limbs were sacrificed on the alter of national unity and liberty for all, it should be noted that the Black Americans of today do not represent the Black Americans of their grandfather's generation. Totally different mentality. From being appreciative for the many blessings of life, they have devolved into being appreciative for pretty much nothing. An acculturated sense of entitlement combined with something akin to cultural narcissism has resulted in a social group that has no moral compass (-unless the members are members of an active religious group). There was no place for gangsta culture in the American that once was not that long ago, but those days are gone forever and we sure as hell aren't on any glide path of improvement since we're headed down instead of up..

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 3:50 AM

Charlie Lyon in Ithaca replied:

I agree and would add that most Americans do not represent their grandparent's generation! Our foundation is built on the need to be a moral and educated people. Not the education that is dictated by teacher's unions in lock step with the progressives of today; but the essentials of liberty. Moral in the sense of the desire to leave this place better than we found it by first taking care of our own business, then, when we can, help others when they need a hand.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 5:47 PM

enemaofthestatistquo in Monroe, GA said:

I watched Ken Burns' *Civil War*, One scene is an period photo, (black & white film stock, of course), of amputated feet piled high one atop another. One remarkable fact is all the feet are obviously the appendages of White people.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 9:14 AM

wjm in Colorado said:

The degraded state of our culture can be attributed directly to the marxist statists who have taken over the media, the schools, and the Democrat Party. They are enemies of the state, and should our ballot box not prevail, Patriots prepare to refresh the Tree of Liberty!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Wayne in Hinesville, GA said:

We just had two gangs of black teenagers have a shootout at a fair in Savannah. Seven people were injured with one in critical condition. The black mayor and the black police chief stated it was time to crack down on the juveniles and their parents. About 20 years too late in my book. They will talk a great game but just as soon as one parent threatens to call in the ACLU or the NAACP it will be business as usual.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 2:05 PM