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Neighbors Growing Together | Oct 30, 2014

World needs U.S. to reclaim lead role

By James Lee Elliott | Jun 06, 2013

To the editor:

A free people will not survive unless they stay strong. Freedom comes through strength. It was the philosophy of our Founding Fathers that this nation would forever be blessed with freedom and prosperity if our nation remained a virtuous and adequately armed nation.

This nation leaped ahead of all others in the short time span of just over 230 years, thanks to our Founding Fathers, the Constitution and all the men and women and their families that have sacrificed to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America from foreign and domestic enemies.

But prosperity in the midst of what became a thriving world leader of industry, manufacturing, highly productive farms and ranches, small businesses, beautiful cities, flourishing commerce, bountiful natural resources and the world’s greatest medical, educational and financial facilities always attracts greedy aspirations of predatory foreign and domestic enemies.

Benjamin Franklin wrote: The very fame of our strength and readiness would be means of discouraging our enemies. They that are on their guard and appear ready to receive their adversaries are in much less danger of being attacked than the supine, secure and negligent. Franklin had a low opinion of people pretending to be lovers of liberty and freedom while they grudge paying for the defense of it.

George Washington literally risked “his life, his fortune, and his sacred honor” for the cause of freedom. Washington also saw the fallacy of waiting until an attack had occurred before marshalling available resources. He wrote: A free people ought not only be armed but disciplined, to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite. Washington also saw the fallacy of a policy of interdependence with other nations (The United Nations), which makes the United States vulnerable in time of war. Washington felt that neither politics nor world circumstances should lure the American people into a posture of complacency. He felt vigilance was indeed the price of freedom, and unless it was promoted with firmness and consistency the futures of the United States would be in jeopardy.

It is time we as a nation stop apologizing to the world for the principles on which we were founded and to start leading again. The world is desperately in need of fair and ethical leadership. If that leader, that example, is no longer America, then who will it be and where will it lead?

Most Americans believe that we are on the wrong path as a nation. We are discouraged about our future, the future of our children, grandchildren and all posterity. We as Americans do have the ability and the right to plan, strategize, vote and sort out the garbage that is being spoon fed to us daily by the politically correct crowd and a biased news media or acting in fear news media. We as Americans still have the ability to control our future, and yes we and those that have gone before us did build this country.

In memory of those that have gone before us.

 

— James Lee Elliott, Fairfield

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