Letter: What’s worth fighting for

February 4, 2014

Dear Editor,

In the sixty-seven years of my life we (the United States of America) have been in one war or another for almost 59 of those years. Since WW2 we have not been allowed to fight a war to win, nor to win a war. I would like to know how or why our “political leadership” ever allowed this to happen. During WW2 (the last war we were allowed to win) our news media and entertainment industry were patriotic. They reported our victories in newsreels at the movie theaters and made movies showing these war stories and also showed the good we were doing to help the rest of the world. These movies were shown on TV during the fifties and we cheered for the good guys (USA). Hollywood stars, pro athletes, and even some politicians enlisted to fight the evil tyranny in Europe and the South Pacific. Why? For the love of FREEDOM and COUNTRY.

I grew up with a love for our country and what it stood for. Our country was built on God-given rights and the Rule of Law. This concept, an experiment in freedom and limited government, was new to anywhere and anytime in the world. Today most of our populations either do not remember or they know little about our history. What I am hearing is that they know very little of our history from our founding until WW2 and from 1946 until now. Most of our young people have no Idea who Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Thomas Paine, Francis Marion, John J. Pershing, or George Patton were or what they did. They have no Idea how much disaster aid in food, medicine, and housing the USA has given to the rest of the world during disasters or when a helping hand was needed, often being the first to arrive and the last to leave.

Every American has the opportunity to live the American Dream, a dream of a land in which life should be better, richer, and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. It is not a dream merely of fancy cars and high wages, but a dream of which each man and woman will be able to attain to the fullest of their capability, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the circumstances of birth or position. It is not where everyone is given what the government thinks they should have from cradle to grave, but a place where everyone SHALL BE ABLE TO ATTAIN that which they seek. The American Dream is opportunity, and this is what makes American exceptional.

On the other hand, right from the start there have been those who hated our freedom and opportunity. They did their dirty work without much gain until the progressive movement entered our government a little over one hundred years ago under Teddy Roosevelt. These progressives believe in socialism, as dreamed of (a nightmare) by Karl Marx, whose goal was to socialize. Since that time progressivism has infiltrated our schools, universities, and the news media. Progressivism equals socialism and/or communism. In fact all three are interchangeable. You tell me where in the world socialism and/or communism been successful and good for their citizens. I have to think who ever thought up the United Nation may have thought it would work for the good of all nations. However, 68 years after its founding UN is nothing more than a gang of USA-hating and freedom-hating power grabbing thieves. I say get the US out of the UN and get the UN out of the US. Surrendering our sovereignty to the UN and to the influence of the progressives now in power is the cause for the shape our country is in.

There is no good reason why our nation did not follow the principle enunciated by Thomas Jefferson and encouraged by George Washington in his Farewell Address: “Try to be friends with all, and have entangling alliances with none.” Since WW2 some say we went to war over issues of no good purpose for us. We entered with no plan to win, and we left an open-ended mess. As an example, the attack on us September, 11, 2001, at the World Trade Center, Why did we not retaliate by attacking a target of equal political value of those who attacked us? Demonstrating our capability of striking back, we may have avoided sending forces anywhere, thus saving many lives and money. If it were up to me, our doctrine should be “speak softly and carry a big stick”. If anyone or country chooses to attack us, our Air Force and Navy should pummel their military, infrastructure and their industry, and not one dime spent by us rebuilding one building or one bridge of theirs.

Way before the term politically correct there was a term freedom of speech – and every American had it.

Nelson Hack, Mount Gilead