I closed the office on Thursday and Friday the past two weeks to give my employees a much-needed rest.

For the first time in ages I spent four days lounging in my house, accomplishing absolutely nothing. I watched a ton of college football, a bunch of Netflix, and little national news.

Some days it seems as though we can’t catch a break.

First it was Hurricane Harvey.

We were just getting our collective heads above water when the China virus attacked the world.

Since that time, our nation has become more divided than I’ve seen in my lifetime.

Living in the aftermath of Harvey was easier for me because I saw what was right in front of me. I’m sure I wasn’t much different than any of you. We had a decision to make – push forward, give up, or leave.

Before we knew it we were at the three-year anniversary and things were looking up.

Then COVID-19 began its assault on the entire globe, leaving everyone wondering, “What’s next?” Adding to the severity of the pandemic has been the politicization of just about everything connected to it.

Decisions by many of our “leaders” made no sense. Families were encouraged not to be together, children were separated from their friends, and church attendance was frowned upon, while strip clubs, liquor stores, and big box outlets were welcome to continue operating.

We went out of our collective minds and bought up more toilet paper than we could possibly use in a year … especially since we weren’t supposed to invite anyone into our homes.

I’m writing this on the eve of the Georgia election during which the direction of our country will be determined, based solely on senators elected.

Both sides are spending insane amounts of money in an attempt to either gain complete power in Washington (Democrats), or have a way to block major changes (Republicans) that could change our country for generations to come, if not radically change it into something we’ve never seen before.

I’m praying the Republican candidates win both seats just to slow things down in Washington. I hate to see what will happen to our country if Democrats have the House, Senate, and the Presidency.

It’s always good to have checks and balances in D.C., and that has never been more important than it is today.

We are so divided as a nation, that if either political party has complete power, I fear what the other side will do. It really doesn’t matter which side has complete power in this stage of our storied history.

I fear the United States, and its “democracy”, will no longer be the leader of nations in the near future.

The whittling down of the middle class will continue, setting up the perfect storm for alternative forms of governance.

In 61 years on this earth, I’ve never feared or lost complete trust in our federal government, but today I fear for the world my children, and especially my grandchildren, will be living in.

Our government is so bloated with many far-reaching tentacles far removed from the Constitution.

When business is good, many things can be overlooked, or pushed aside until a later time.

But lets face it, these aren’t the best of times in the USA on many levels, and I 100% believe there are forces within and outside our boundaries that could care less if the USA is knocked from its historically lofty perch.

We survived our first Civil War, but I fear we are about to enter another one in some form.

We have lost our moral compass, and are left with a rusty contraption perched on a rotting base, that if not addressed soon, will cause us to crumble as a nation.

Climate change will be the last thing on anyone’s mind.

The saddest part about it is there are those, inside our country and out, that really don’t care if we get knocked down a few notches.

If it hasn’t been wiped from the history books, the Greatest Generation is but a distant memory.

Many moons ago my wife and I taught a 17-week parenting class (Growing Kids God’s Way), twice a year, for about seven years.

The last thing noted in the 17th week of the class was that if our children didn’t “get this”, it would be the last generation to live in freedom.

I believe that is true. All we have to do is open our eyes and look around.

Until next week, have a good week.

Mike Probst can be reached at publisher@rockportpilot.com.

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