Thursday, August 26, 2010

Patriotism Was Killed!

Idaho Conservative Blogger’s (ICB) article, "Patriotic Backlash In America?",  has opened the door for the Watch Dog to once again harangue on the advance of Socialism in America and its destruction of Patriotism.

Regular readers of Mindless & Spineless know that this writer is not given to conspiracy theories, but there is a conspiracy that I have believed in for nearly 50 years. Yeah, I am an old, make that a very old goat.  That conspiracy was/is  that 'statests' were conducting an organized effort to covert America to a Socialist nation. I have watched as America’s schools changed from educating to indoctrinating our children. There were many of us who sounded the alarm but absolutely nobody was listening.

They would not listen to U. S. citizens.

They did not listen when Nikita Khrushchev told us that the USSR did not have to defeat America, they only had to outlast America, because we will defeat ourselves from within.

Starting somewhere in the 1960’s our schools began teaching that America was evil, that our leaders were not to be trusted, that Capitalism allowed crooked corporations to get rich while ‘enslaving’ the workers, and that the U. S. military was made up of blood thirsty baby killers.

As ICB has noted we now have a severe shortage of patriotic citizens.

Lack of Patriotism is not new, but never before has it been so wide-spread.

In 1776, during the American Revolution, it is believed that about 50% of the citizens wanted to free themselves from the oppression of King George; while the other 50% felt that remaining subjects to the king was a better idea.

Our Army was underfunded and morale was very low when they wintered at Valley Forge. They lacked food and clothing, most of the troops were at the end of their enlistments, they had not been paid, and conditions were horrible. As you might expect, few if any were going to reenlist.

George Washington called on a friend, a great patriot, and wordsmith to encourage the men.

That man was Thomas Paine who penned some of the greatest words ever written. A very small, but very important part of his work is as follows:

“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” -- December 23, 1776

With those words Mr. Paine encouraged nearly every soldier to reenlist, thereby saving the Continental Army and gave birth to this nation.

I doubt that even Thomas Paine could encourage most of today’s citizens to rise off their sorry butts and make even a small sacrifice.

As a small child I vaguely remember seeing the shock on my parent’s faces as they listened to the reports of the attack on Pearl Harbor. I was too young to understand war but I knew that adults were upset.

Then all the young men, coworkers, friends and relatives, were showing up to say goodbye as they went to war. By then I understood that they were going to possibly be killed and they were happy to go. I also remember my own father sobbing, he was crying real tears because our government would not allow him to enlist—his job was what they called “War Effort Critical”. Ironically, all of the coworkers and friends survived, several relatives did not.

Military recruiters have estimated that only 5% to 10% of today’s high-school graduates are truly patriotic.

A conservative college professor states that she is shocked if she finds one student in a class that is not anti-American.

I would suggest that our one hope of saving this once great nation is to stop Obama by getting control of at least one house of Congress in November. Electing the same old Republicans is not going to solve anything. We need to elect conservatives. It does not matter how many R’s or how many D’s fill the seats or control the committees, if they are not truly conservative.

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Lt Gen said...

Lt. Gen said...
“These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” -- Thomas Paine

Those words hang over my desk, and they have gone with me on every assignment that I have had since my days at West Point.

Our patriotism has certainly decline during my 55 years on this planet.

I think that, you have nailed it!

Mic said...

Did you say, ‘Moral responsibility’?

What moral responsibility?

One of the required beliefs of a Catholic is that abortion is a ‘Mortal Sin’. There are those that call themselves Catholic while supporting abortion; you have not met one of the mandates that the Catholic Church requires for you to be a member.

Yet, more than one-half of all ‘Catholic’ voters supported Obama who is not only a strong advocate of abortion, but also supports infanticide! I repeat, “What moral responsibility?”

The anti-American scumbag that currently occupies the White House does not like America’s pass service as ‘Policeman to the World’. He has made it quite clear that that function will come to an end under his regime!

Barack has also told us that we will no longer be a world power, either militarily or economically.

The fact that the U.S. has been the world’s policeman has prevented any major wars for the past 50 years. When we no longer fill that role, there will be no one to fill the void---World Wars will ensue!

As for the patriotism—

Ask any public elementary school student, “What is the Constitution?” You will receive a blank stare or a, “Constitution?”.

I saw one survey that showed that less than 50% of high school students knew, even in vague terms, what the Constitution is.
Hell, most high school grads cannot name the three branches of government, cannot locate the U.S. on a globe.

Those same students cannot tell you when or why there was a Civil War! They can’t tell you who fought who in WW-II.

However, they know or think they know all about birth prevention and how to put a condom on a cucumber, how to ‘safely’ use drugs.

From a Patriotic since, our schools have gone to HELL!

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