Sunday, January 26, 2014

What Others Must Feel

Imagine if you were an Egyptian, or a Greek, Italian, Spaniard, Turk, or a citizen of many other formerly powerful countries, what it must feel like to look back on your history of when your country was foremost in the world.  At one time your country was the most powerful and most prosperous country in the world.  Today, your country is but a shadow of what it once was.

Today I watched a PBS program that presented the history of American aviation, and the exploits of men like Donald Douglas and Jimmy Doolittle.  The program concentrated on the miraculous industrial production of American war planes during World War II, the incredible Doolittle raid on Japan at a time when the Pacific was a Japanese lake, and the decisive, but improbable, victory at Midway.

We still have men (and women) of such courage and determination, but my reaction this time when watching this history lesson was one of sadness.  For the first time in my life I felt I was feeling the emotions of those Egyptians, etc. who look back on the greatness of what was – and on the reduced state of their country today.

Obama has divided and weakened us as never before in our history since the Civil War.  He has throttled our economic recovery with regulations and Obamacare.  We have become a laughing stock in the capitals of Europe and a toothless scold in the Middle East.  He has us arguing about who should pay for cheap contraceptives, and his minions are engaged in a campaign to dehumanize those who disagree with his radical agenda.

I am deeply saddened about the state of my country and its fall from greatness.  It wasn’t conservatives who destroyed our education system, it was liberal ideas and agendas; it wasn’t conservatives who destroyed our great cities, it was liberal ideas and agendas; it wasn’t conservatives who created many millions of single mothers and feckless, fatherless children, it was liberal ideas and agendas; and it wasn’t conservatives who polluted our culture, it was liberal ideas and agendas.

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