A few days ago a friend who has been reading some of my letters to the editor asked me why I write about doom and gloom all the time. I took a moment before coming up with an answer. I tried to impress upon him that because most of my topics were critical of the many segments of government and those who govern, I never wished to give the impression I did not care deeply for my country and will never lose touch with the good and decent people who make up the majority of this country.
We possess the means and ability to do what no other country in the world can do. Through the power of the vote we can fix, change or mortify our government.
We have the privilege of living in the most generous country in the world. Our private sector donates millions of dollars each year to the hundreds of worthy causes here and throughout the world. When disaster strikes anywhere in the would our government has always been quick to respond with generous lifesaving aid.
We can be proud of our all volunteer military service. These people are putting their lives on the line 24 hours a day for this country. We can be thankful that due to the great strides made in the medical profession since World War II, soldiers receiving severe wounds today have a much better chance of a complete recovery.
We have the privilege of free speech and the freedom to practice the faith of our choice. However, we must be on our guard, because these two precious freedoms are under continuous attack.
We as a country and its people have many things we can take pride in. We should never bow our heads and apologize to anyone or any country.
We should channel our good strong points and attack our opposition until we render them helpless. Helpless, so they may not continue destroying our system of government.
I quote from Israel Zangwill, an English dramatist (1864-1926). "Take from me the hope that I can change the future, and you will send me mad."
Please do not look upon me as a cynic, because I am extremely proud of our past, but concerned with the present. As for the future, I place my faith and hope in our young people, that they will allow our current form of government to survive. We only have to look to Russia, Greece, and other European countries to see what happens when governments overextend themselves when they bypass capitalism, embrace the fallacy and unfilled promises of socialism.