I listened to the results of a recent poll of those claiming affiliation with the Republican and Democrat parties. I was shocked and saddened that a majority of those claiming to be Democrats thought that, as Americans, our best days were behind us. WOW. What a punch in the belly of all those before us who risked everything to come to “the golden shores” heralded by those inspiring words inscribed on the base of our Statue of Liberty.
Quoting the most famous part, it says:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!
In the ‘third quarter’ of 2013, I have doubts that anybody under 40 knows (or even cares about) what those words mean. This saddens me because it would appear that those now living in America have no clue about what it cost their ancestors to make our nation what it was the day before today. What is even more sad is that many of them don’t even give a crap that they are so ignorant. ‘Today’ is all that matters to them.
I am not blindly applauding any president of either/any party. ALL have fallen short in so many ways by letting their egos or political agendas get in the way of their moral convictions (assuming they had any.) Many, most – or all – have been game players. In the political arena, the participants must always ‘play games’ for various reasons. The ‘good guys’ play games for the good of those they are elected to represent. The rest – the political prostitutes (the ‘bad guys’) play games solely for personal gain. It appears that the whores now outnumber the rest of us.
Read more at Western Journalism. By Dale Dawson.
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