Country music star Charlie Daniels passed away in 2020. However, the iconic singer’s son discovered his father was seemingly speaking from the grave about America today.
Charlie Daniels Jr. is the son of the well-known country legend, Charlie Daniels. After his father passed away, Junior, as he is known, took over his dad’s website, only to discover that blog posts that his father had written were still eerily relevant today. One of those posts is from 2015 on Labor Day, and Charlie starts out by quoting the Bible verse 2 Thessalonians 3:10: “The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat.”
“We came up in a society where work ethic was honed and drilled into young folks’ heads from the time they could walk,” Charlie said. “It was well understood that, once you took your feet out from under your mother’s table, you were on your own, nobody was going to give you anything, that the only way you would survive would be by the sweat of your brow.”
Charlie then reminisced about America back in the days when he was growing up. “I’ve picked cotton, cropped tobacco, pulled peanuts, worked in the log woods, and am no stranger to backbone jobs and I consider it a blessing knowing what truly hard physical work is all about,” he said. “I wanted my son to know the same thing and in his early teens put him to work cleaning out horse stalls in the barn.”
The country singer then pointed to the government as part of the problem we see today. “It seems that under the current administration self-reliance, personal responsibility, work ethic and the other traits that made America into the nation it is, or was, (that’s a subjective issue) have been traded in for dependence on the government, and a ‘blame all your problems on some outside force, the world owes me a living’ attitude,”‘ Daniels wrote in 2015 when Barack Obama was in the White House.
In another post, The Devil Went Down to Georgia singer lamented about America’s youth. “The mind-washed kids who have had their mental processes warped by some revolutionist college professor who regards [Saul] Alinsky and Karl Marx as prophets who indoctrinate young minds with the lies about America and white people being the cause of all the planet’s problems and need to be stripped of their place in the world,” Charlie Daniels wrote.
“Then there’s the mindless bunch who have no idea what they are protesting, just along for the ride, such as the young lady who was recently asked if she believed a statue of Winston Churchill in London should be removed, she replied, ‘I haven’t personally met him…’ ‘Nuff said,” he added.
Charlie Daniels was also upset about those who demonize our police forces. “So, America if you don’t want to live in a society-run amuck if you don’t want to have an armed escort to go to the grocery store, if you want peace and stability in your life, support our police,” he declared. “And do it now, while it counts so much.”
More than anything, Charlie was a devout Christian. In one blog post, he wrote, “My point folks is that this world gets more evil, more dangerous, more immoral, and more willing to call good evil and evil good every day. It should be no surprise to those who read and believe the Bible because it tells us of a day when just such a thing will happen, and the truly scary thing is, it ain’t gonna get no better, it’s only going to get worse.”
In the end, Charlie Daniels remained optimistic about America. He truly loved this country and trusted hard-working Americans to do the right thing. His final post was on July 3rd, 2020, and he was thinking about our Independence Day.
“This year, as we celebrate the 244th birthday of the greatest nation the world has ever known, we are beset with many problems, some of our making and some we have no control over,” Charlie said. “But, be that as it is, America is still the greatest and I want to express my personal feelings about our beloved country.” Those feelings were best expressed in his song called My Beautiful America.
This then is America!
The land God blesses with everything
And no Eiffel Tower: no Taj Mahal,
No Alps, No Andes
No native hut, nor Royal Palace –
Can rival her awesome beauty,
Her diverse population, her monolithic majesty.
America the Free
America the Mighty
America the Beautiful
Charlie Daniels truly was a country legend as well as a patriotic American. In one of his final thoughts about the future of America, he gave solid advice. “Until America starts electing leaders who are willing to take the responsibility of their own actions and the actions of those under their command there will never be street-level justice in America,” he wrote.
He then offered a bit of a warning, along with some wisdom, that still applies today, saying, “Don’t give your vote to some jaded old charlatan or attractive young firebrand with skin-deep abilities and commitments. Measure twice, cut once. Pray for our troops, our police, and the peace of Jerusalem. God bless America.”