What have we become as a nation?May 30, 2013
To the editor:
Who are we? Are we the same people who, by the thousands, trekked across the western deserts and freezing plains to build a nation of farmers, ranchers, miners and builders out of a barren wilderness? Are we a nation of entrepreneurs who invented airplanes, mass-produced cars, electric lights, refrigerators, nuclear power and moving pictures? Are we the same people who assembled at Concord, Mass., to launch a war against the then-most-powerful nation in the world? Are we the same people who gave 600,000 lives in a war to affirm the principle that “All men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights,” notwithstanding their culture or capabilities? Are we the same people who joined together to build 120,000 airplanes a year and three ships a day and assembled a force of 11 million men and women in two years to defeat the powers of the world oppressors?
Or are we a nation of 15 percent living on food stamps and the largess of others? Are we a people who damn the successful among us whose talents, efforts and risk-taking give us the technical marvels of today’s life? Are we a people so dependent upon government care that we will choose as leaders the most incompetent and corrupt simply to assure the continued access to the government’s handouts? Are we a people who today ignore the demands of responsible social conduct, responsibility for our own progeny, simply to enjoy the transitory pleasures of adolescent conduct throughout our lives?
I wonder “Who are we?” Are there those out there who ask themselves this same question? In fact, I wonder how many of our politicians could answer that same question.
Do we know who we are or do we even care?
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