Once upon a time in America there was a short season of unique and beautiful metal chariots. Perhaps it began with the 1965 Mustang. I believe it began with the 1963 split window Corvette. The Beach Boys sang “She’ll have fun, fun, fun ’til Daddy takes the T-bird away.” And we all sang along. Carefree and innocent and dreaming sweet dreams of four barrel carbs, headers, and dual exhausts.
Then the American auto market started to produce the Muscle cars of the late 60’s and early 70’s. We went from 283’s and 289’s to 396’s and 454’s in just a few short years. Those cars had a powerful thirst for octane, and they came to dry pumps and high prices before you could say bibbidy bobbidy boo. The world went from “California Dreamin” to “Fire and Rain” with blinding speed. Our “bushy bushy blond hairdos” that the Beach Boys sang about became HAIR the tribal musical. “Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen, waxen.”
I don’t think of these dramatic changes as a piece of historical fact. I lived these changes. My Grandma, and my parents tried to shelter, but the whole world was filled every evening at news time with images of the fighting in Vietnam. First war to ever be filmed and broadcast with Walter Cronkite. And that’s the way it was.
What brought about these sweeping changes from the days of JFK that we now refer to as Camelot? Oh, I remember that day in Dallas like it is acid etched. We were living in Montevideo, Uruguay. We tried to listen to the reports on Voice of America, but so much was just up in the air.
I believe, with all my heart, that the ruin we see in America today is because in 1963 the Supreme Court of this country took prayer out of public school. This case was decided in June of 1963, by November JFK was dead. This is the prayer that was the subject of this court case:
Almighty God, we acknowledge our dependence on Thee and beg Thy blessing over us, our parents, our teachers and our nation.
Twenty two words that changed a nation in less than 6 months.
I want to leave you with two scripture verses. The first is Psalm 127 verse one:
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.
We learned that the hard way on Sept 11, 2001. But the lesson has not taken root.
Secondly Psalm Eleven verse three:
If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?