Today our President is representing America to the world as a failed state, one unworthy of the world’s respect. He’s wrong! Just because he is a failed President, doesn’t mean the nation is failed. A single visit to the wounded who are recovering from their wounds at Walter Reed Army Hospital should disabuse him of that notion.
Weak and confused foreign policies inevitably lead to Vietnams, Afghanistans or evil curses like ISIS. An excellent example of what happens when a free and democratic country pursues limpid and vacillating foreign policies, is best illustrated by Great Britain’s handling of Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930’s.
In his excellent book on Churchill, William Manchester wrote, “The anesthetic effect of German promises to negotiate in these years was extraordinary. Hitler never negotiated. He lied, he bluffed, he blackmailed, but serious negotiation was a skill he despised, a refuge for weaklings.” It was in just such policies that Chamberlain took refuge, and our current leaders seem determined to follow his example…
In 1938, Duff Cooper, who was a member of the British Parliament said, “Chamberlain believed in addressing Herr Hitler through the message of ‘sweet reasonableness.’ I have believed that he was more open to the language of the mailed fist … we have taken away the defenses of Czechoslovakia in the same breath as we have guaranteed them.”
This is the road President Obama is dragging the nation along. He has taken away the missile defenses of Poland, the Ukraine and Eastern Europe and, in the same breath, guaranteed that they will be protected from Russian missiles. He seems to delight in holding out, “unclenched fists” to America’s enemies who, in turn, spit on them and kill our soldiers.
In his book “The Gathering Storm” Churchill wrote that it, “became apparent to British men in bars, women pushing baby carriages, shelf-stackers in supermarkets, taxi drivers, businessmen, union shop stewards; to everyone, in short, except to the oligarchy in power,” that Hitler was a real threat to world peace and freedom. Here in our country today mechanics, fire fighters, hair dressers, clerks, airline pilots, Tea Party members, and many other good, solid Americans are saying that it’s time to remove our rose colored glasses and see the world and its threats for what they really are.
Unlike today’s leader, our Founders were not deceived. They knew that the U.S. had come into existence to be an example to the other nations of the world, to show them that it is possible for a nation’s citizens to live comfortably in peace and freedom. America is not just another western democracy. It is the premiere democracy in the world. If the U.S. fails or collapses, democracy worldwide will fail and collapse.
As history has taught over and over again to those willing to pay attention, peace can only be secured and maintained through military and economic strength, not just through negotiation, acquiescence or capitulation. At the same time let us not forget that the U.S. did not create the world, and it is not responsible for the outcome of world history.
From any vantage point, America is a great nation: we can be energy independent; we can grow and protect American jobs; we can restore and live by the constitutional principles upon which this nation was founded; we can save and encourage the traditional family; we can protect life, especially the lives of unborn babies; we can take care of the elderly we can secure our borders; we can bring back to our schools discipline, decency and academic excellence; we can enforce our laws and be law abiding; and we can remain a nation of good and united people.
As President Reagan once said, “I have always believed that this anointed land was set apart in an uncommon way, that a divine plan placed this great continent here between the oceans to be found by people from every corner of the earth who had a special love of faith and freedom.”
What kind of a country will we leave to our children and grandchildren? Will we leave them a bankrupt America flooded with illegal immigrants; a nation where English is no longer the national language; where our Constitutional law has been replaced by some form of Sharia law; where we will be subject to energy blackmail rather than energy independence; where children continue to be killed within the sanctity and security of their mothers’ wombs; where our Presidents cannot be trusted to perform the duties of Commander-in-Chief; where the homosexual lifestyle is promoted in the public schools; and where the entrepreneurial spirit is nothing more than a vague memory.
According to the Constitution all Americans are born politically equal. The requirement is to succeed in spite of all hindrances, limitations and the obstacles we are born with or are placed in our way. Let us learn to appreciate the importance and contributions of family, friends, and community. Every person’s success is the result of a lot of help, sometimes from people we don’t even know are helping us.
We the people have always loved this great country, believed in its goodness, and have always been proud to be and American. We believe that the principles upon which America was founded reach out and touch all of mankind. And we firmly believe that every American citizen should do all in their power to protect, support and defend this great nation, its freedoms, its democratic principles and institutions.
America has been sustained not by a weak people, but by those who are brave and strong, people like Patrick Henry, George Washington, and John and Abigale Adams. Where today are the leaders who cleave to righteousness, who refuse to take the self- promoting, politically correct side of issues, who can be trusted to make right choices and take right actions? These are the kinds of leaders America once had. Now is the time to re-establish and rebuild the walls of the nation’s historic moral and cultural foundations, those laid by our Founders.
MAJ. GEN. JERRY RALPH CURRY, US ARMY RETIRED
Author: From Private to General and The Dream Continues