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What does World Water Day have to do with the State of America? Remembering Our Past, Present and Future March 17, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in American history, Chrisitanity, farms, freedom, health, news, politics, religion, water.

Americans are blessed with an advanced civil society. One of the benefits is a public works system. Water purification, sewers, garbage collection and disposal all keep Americans healthy. At least, it keeps Americans healthier than many people in the third world.

An important question to consider is whether uncontaminated water can be expected in the future? In my last post World Water Day, it was noted that America’s water and sewer infrastructure are aging. If government upgrades or replaces these, taxpayers will have to foot the bill. Can Americans afford higher taxes? More important is whether Americans can trust business and government officials to represent their best interest? Is their real devotion to the common good or to capital interests? My gut response is capital interest, i.e. the money.

With special interest as a premise, government officials’ unyielding support for profitable factory farm is better understood. I am of the opinion, based on reading many scientific studies, that agribusiness is harmful to our health. My opinion may not mean much but a contaminated food supply and a contaminated water supply is significant. Factory farms are the source of the mad cow disease. These factory-type farms pollute the air, contaminate ground water, and infect workers as well as animals with viral bacteria. All animals on those farms live in a way that offends their Creator. Of course, those who believe Darwin do not have a justified moral position on animal cruelty. The good thing about factory farms is they make lots of money, but unjust gain is evil. If it was not so, why did our government imprison the CEO of Enron?

The state of America is good in many ways because many Americans are living and doing it. However, America is by law a nation adrift on the high seas in love with the beast of hedonism, lust, and greed.

We, Americans, should not allow ourselves to forget our beginnings—the reason for our war in 1776 with a government who did. The practice of personal hygiene and rudimentary sanitation can be traced back to Puritans and their adherence to biblical principles. The cliché, “cleanliness is next to godliness,” is of Puritan origins. When colonies were filled with farms and small villages, clean water was supplied by streams or wells uncontaminated by urban life. Outhouses were built to handle human waste and garbage. Once villages grew into populated cities, the problem of disease arose, which was due to waste and garbage contaminating the water supply. When yellow fever, typhoid fever, and other epidemics spread, Americans began building water works, sewers, and land-fills.

One of America’s first water works was built in 1762 at Bethlehem Pennsylvania. According to an article by Rhode Island Water Resources Board, there were only 136 water works in operation until 1860. The number of water works greatly increased after the civil war. The first water works with a purification system was built in Richmond Virginia around 1832. From that time to early 1900s, sanitized water was delivered through public water works to resident in cities throughout the nation. In 1914, the federal government established the first bacteria standard for all water works.

But in the beginning, America was multifaceted mission. America was colonized to extend the gospel to the indigenous people while building a New Jerusalem, a ‘City Upon A Hill. Building a Christian nation was their goal. While many were came hoping to teach the natives how civilized society had learned to follow the divine way, others worked on to establish home and society. As America grew into a wealthy constituted nation, missionaries went abroad taking the gospel as well as the knowledge of medicine and sanitation. Americans missionaries built hospitals, schools, wells, and sometimes water works. Americans still do. Americans are still helping other peoples obtain a purified life by faith and purified water by water works.

While the good works of American missions continues, another type of American missionary is at work. This missionary seeks to convert peoples of other cultures to modern secular democracy. This missionary spreads the corruption of American entertainment and the greed sometimes marketed as economic development for corporate profiteers. The American Left often claims our government uses similar conversion tactics as do Islamic missionaries. They may be partially correct. Yet, the U.S. Corps of Engineers has built many water works in other countries were our military has had operations; the most recent being in Iraq. Nevertheless, in the Middle East, they regarded this missionary of democratic freedom as an emissary of the great Satan. In America, homeland security’s orange light means great Satan watch out for contaminated water.

The World Water Day offers Americans an opportunity to remember the reasons—past, present and future–for the blessing of clean water and a state of relative good health.



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