Here’s a couple LTE’s that were in the Daily Local this week. One credits people for the good things in America, but blames guns (and churches) for the bad. The other letter whines about the money spent to fight back. Do the leftists ever think about how much 9/11 costs us? How many billion or trillions of dollars were spent following that sneak attack? Not just the buildings, and the people, and the lives that were shattered, and the businesses affected, and the airline industry. Imagine the cost if the terrorists attack us again – with nuclear or biological weapons? They will look at the cost of fighting back as a bargain.
The people make this country great
While President Bush is no doubt grateful for Mr. Dan Pourreau’s blind loyalty in the face of all the evidence to the countrary, I beg to differ with Mr. Pourreau’s opinion of what makes our country great. I believe that it is the people of this country, not the “military, the churches and the corporations” that make our country great. The citizens of this country have a duty to be informed and actively participate in their government, not ignore major problems, or in Mr. Pourreau’s case convince themselves that these problems are “manufactured crises.”
Do the majority of Americans really believe that the major corporations in this country, specifically the major oil companies, are creating “wealth and providing products” to us in some vast humanitarian way that demands our undying loyalty to them? What I see are gas prices steadily rising along with the profits of those corporations. This is indeed creating wealth, not for all of us, but for a select few. I’m happy for Mr. Pourreau if he is one of them.
Last, but not least, I don’t believe that Philadelphia police Sgt. Liczbinski was killed by one of those “social programs” to which he refers. If he had been attacked by one of those programs, rather than by an automatic weapon that serves no purpose other than to kill people, specifically police officers, he would be alive today. My sympathies are with Sgt. Liczbinski’s loved ones as they attempt to deal with life without him, and I commend Mayor Nutter for his bravery in attempting a real solution to this problem.
Why are we there?
In response to those who still adhere to the policies of the Iraq War, reasons to do so are by now almost none. That war has gone on for over five years, cost approximately $800 billion at $12 billion each month, and seen 32,000 Americans dead or wounded and half a million to one million Iraqis slain. Whatever possible constructive things might have been brought about are far outweighed by the enormously destructive.
If bin Laden was not in Iraq, why did we go there in the first place? If there were no weapons of mass destruction, missiles, or uranium, why did we not change course? If Saddam was a problem, why after he was executed have we stayed? Was it for oil, influence, or profits, none of which most Americans have seen? Whatever the supposed reasons, was it worth American or Iraqi lives or putting our country into an economic and cultural tailspin?
At first some and now a majority of Americans have opposed the war in Iraq and the administration that began and continued it. The issue has never been supporting the troops — to do otherwise would be inhuman and unthinkable — but looking at the questionable policies that put them in harm’s way.
It may take years to redirect our ship of state, refurbish our nation’s ideals at home and abroad, and remove ourselves from such “foreign entanglements” our founders warned against if we are to remain independent, prosperous, and free.