There’ll Always Be An England.. .
Vol: 99 Issue: 29 Tuesday, December 29, 2009
When the 20th century dawned the phrase, “The sun never sets on the British Empire” was a patriotic expression that had been in use for centuries. The expression was a reference to the fact that British colonies circled the planet like the sun.
By 1922, the British Empire controlled almost a quarter of the Earth’s land area and governed a quarter of the world’s population. In 1939, an Englishman named Hugh Charles wrote the words to the patriotic song, “There’ll Always Be An England.”
The song became a chart-topper following the outbreak of World War II in September, 1939 because the British Empire still circled the globe from Canada to Australia, from Indonesia to Hong Kong, including both India and Pakistan.
England was too big to fail.
Red, white and blue; what does it mean to you?
Surely you’re proud, shout it aloud,
The empire too, we can depend on you.
Freedom remains. These are the chains
Nothing can break.
There’ll always be an England,
And England shall be free
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.
As we close the books on the first decade of the 21st century, there isn’t an “England” or a ‘British Empire’ — England is part of the “United Kingdom of England and Northern Ireland” consisting of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
The UK is a permanent member of the UN Security Council and a recognized nuclear nation. It is a member of the G-7, G20, NATO, the WTO, etc., but it is a shadow of its former greatness.
Far from ruling the world’s oceans and governing a fourth of its people, the UK boasts an economy about the size of California’s and seems destined to eventually become just another state in a larger European federal system.
The 19th century closed on the British Empire. Fifty years later, her empire was in ruins, her economy was in shambles, and her colonies were gone.
Fifty years after that, even, “There’ll Always Be a UK” sounded overly-optimistic
The last decade of the 20th century ended with the conclusion of the longest economic boom period in American history, thanks in large part to the discovery of a new world of consumers on an invisible planet called “Internet”.
The first decade of the 21st century ended with trillion-dollar deficits, rumors of impending civil war and the haunting echoes of the phrase “too big to fail” still ringing in America’s collective memory.
It opened with one of the most contentious and bitter presidential elections in American history. The losers vowed to do all in their power to ensure the Bush administration was a failure.
They launched a take-no-prisoners civil war that hamstrung the administration’s prosecution of the real wars that followed the 9/11 attacks. Politics no longer stopped at the water’s edge. Anti-Bush sentiment spread world-wide.
By 2004, some Europeans were demanding a vote in the US elections on the grounds that Americans couldn’t be trusted to choose their leaders. One UK newspaper reported Bush’s reelection under the headline, “How Could 50 Million Americans Be So Dumb?”
The Left wasted no opportunity to denigrate the Bush administration abroad, with US politicians and even former presidents criticizing the sitting administration in interviews with foreign newspapers. The NYTimes made it their mission to discredit the administration at every opportunity.
The 21st century opened on a future bright with promise for the future of the United States. I doubt anybody could have foreseen the 9/11 attacks or how catastrophic they would be.
They were so successful that it gave rise to the conspiracy theory that claims al-Qaeda had help from the Bush administration.
The Left cleverly framed it as a question: “What did the [Bush administration] know and when did they know it?” but once the idea was planted by Congressional Democrats and picked up by the mainstream media, it found fertile ground among the not-so-bright.
As the 20th century drew to a close, it seemed that America would own the 21st century as well.
When the new century dawned, instead of “There’ll Always Be an England” American songwriters were producing stuff like Toby Keith’s “It’s The American Way” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” and Alan Jackson’s “Where Were You When the World Stop Turning?”
But the sentiment was the same. This is America. America can’t be defeated. As Toby Keith put it, “We’ll put a boot in your a**, it’s the American way. . . “ That was how we saw things in the early part of the decade.
As the decade was drawing to a close, the commander of US forces in Afghanistan informed President Obama that we’re in danger of losing that war.
The “American boot” isn’t kicking very many er, butts. Three Navy Seals are facing court martial for ‘roughing up’ a terrorist during his capture.
The White House is committed to closing Gitmo and either releasing its inmates or moving them to Illinois. Obama plans to bring the 9/11 masterminds to New York for trial in a federal district court.
America narrowly averted another Christmas Day disaster when the Crotch Bomber’s underwear only burned rather than detonating. Responsibility was claimed by the Yemini-based al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula.
The al-Qaeda planners who sent Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab on his mission have been identified as former Gitmo detainees released to Yemen in 2007.
The bomber was a follower of the same US-born Yemeni imam that counseled Major Malik Hasan prior to his terror attack on Fort Hood.
President Obama waited 72 hours before commenting on the terror attack on Flight 253, presumably so he would have all the information we just related about the nexus between Abdulmutallab and al-Qaeda.
Know all this, when he finally did comment, he referred to the “alleged” bomber as an “isolated extremist” avoiding calling him a terrorist carrying out an al-Qaeda attack.
I note with some discomfort that Obama showed no similar restraint when he said that the Cambridge police “acted stupidly” or when he promised ‘certain execution’ of the 9/11 plotters after ‘a fair trial’.
But he is unwilling to acknowledge al-Qaeda or Islamic terrorism in a speech about an Islamist-inspired al-Qaeda terrorist attack?
The speech is a perfect example of the point before us. If we are unwilling to acknowledge who the enemy is, how can we hope to defeat him?
An Englishman of the early 20th-century would have scoffed at the notion of England as a smaller state in a larger country. So too, would most Americans on the first day of the 21st century. A decade later, no so much.
One of the things that has perplexed Bible prophecy scholars for decades has been the ‘problem’ America represents in rightly dividing the Word.
Bible prophecy foresees four spheres of global power corresponding to:
1. the Kings of the East (China and Asia)
2. the Kings of the South (Africa, South America and the Non Aligned Nations Movement)
3. the Gog Magog Alliance (Islamic Middle East, Russia, Iran, etc) and,
4. the revived Roman Empire of Antichrist.
It takes a vivid imagination to find any Scriptural support for the existence of a fifth superpower resembling the United States.
As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, the explanation for America’s absence from the prophetic record isn’t quite the mystery it once was.
We once thought there would always be an England, too.