Can I Have My Country Back, Please?

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  1. deergrunt

    deergrunt Well-Known Member

    Feb 19, 2003
    GrassTopsUSA Exclusive Commentary
    By Don Feder

    It's times like these that I miss my country most.

    Holidays like Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Thanksgiving remind me that once upon a time (long ago, in a galaxy far, far away), I had a country. It was called America.

    Perfect? Absolutely not. Nothing is in this world. But it represented something noble, brave and fine. Even if they couldn't quite articulate it, Americans understood what America meant -- and cherished it. Once, we knew our nation's history. Once we spoke a national language. Once we controlled our borders. Once we knew what treason was and how to deal with it.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Of our three national holidays, for me, Memorial Day is the most significant. The Fourth of July celebrates our independence. Harkening back to our beginnings, Thanksgiving recalls our religious roots. But it's the blood and guts (the suffering and sacrifice) symbolized by Memorial Day, that made America possible. To make ideals real -- and to protect and preserve them -- requires payment in the coin of strife and death.

    At the urging of my youngest son, I just finished watching the series "Band of Brothers," based on the Stephen Ambrose history of one company of the 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne, from Normandy to the Eagle's Nest. It's a stirring saga -- all the more intense because it's told without the usual Hollywood hoopla.

    Each episode opens with commentary from the men whose story this is -- the veterans of Easy Company. Old men (most in their '80s) their faces are like a bomb-scarred landscape. There's an undercurrent of emotion in the quiet voices of men who went through hell so the rest of us have a safe, comfortable life as free men in a nation of free men.

    If I could speak with them, I'd ask: "Are you happy with what your country has become? When you were a nervous kid waiting to jump out of a plane while shells peppered the sky, did you ever imagine it would come to this?"

    Alienation -- the sense of being severed from your roots. Waking up covered in bandages, in a hospital bed in a strange land (where no one understands a word you're saying) and wondering what happened to the world you once knew.

    Doom and gloom, you say? You wouldn't if you were paying attention.

    Less than 8 weeks ago, a brain-damaged woman was deliberately starved to death. (Her mother was not allowed to moisten her parched lips with drops of water.) A judge decided that hers was a life unworthy of life -- in the finest tradition of Nazi medicine.

    In Lexington, Massachusetts -- where Minutemen first confronted the tyranny represented by redcoats -- the father of a kindergartener was arrested recently for objecting to the indoctrination of his child in the homosexual lifestyle. (He had refused to leave his son's elementary school until administrators agreed to respect his parental rights.) Nothing is allowed to stand in the way of teaching kids the swellness of sodomy.

    In Nebraska, a federal judge overturned an amendment to the state constitution (enacted by over 70% of voters) recognizing the reality that a married couple is a man and a woman united in the bonds of matrimony -- not two perverts playing house. Democracy and morality are dying together.

    On a cable TV reality-based show, a fat loudmouth with a ponytail and his dwarf companion repeatedly used a four-letter word to refer to Mother Teresa, who devoted her life to succoring the sick and dying. This loathsome display of vulgarity and disrespect is one example of the evil that passes for entertainment in 21st century America.

    Across the nation, pandering politicians rush to bestow benefits on illegal aliens -- driver's licenses, in-state tuition at public colleges for their children, even workmen's compensation for injuries sustained at jobs they shouldn't have. We've become a people of misplaced compassion who are driven to show love for home invaders.

    In Massachusetts, Connecticut and elsewhere, bills advance to give addicts needles (supposedly to contain the spread of AIDS -- a disease spawned by the Sexual Revolution). Thus have we gone from just-say-no, to just use a clean needle as you shoot junk into your arm and accelerate our evolution to Addict Nation. In California and a number of other Western states, physicians can prescribe pot -- the drug that opens the gates to a life of addiction -- for everything from the nausea accompanying chemotherapy to a bad back.

    Sometime in its current term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if Americans will be allowed to have public displays of the Ten Commandments (as long as they're constitutionally camouflaged with secular documents). It's reached the point where this is a real big deal -- permitting any public acknowledgement of the ethos on which America was founded. The 9th Circuit Appeals Court nearly succeeded in taking "one nation under God" out of the Pledge of Allegiance. (Its decision was overturned by the Supreme Court -- on a technicality.) What then of John Adams admonition: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and a religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other"?

    And that's just an aerial overview of a nation in spiritual free-fall.

    If you approve of the above, read no further. You are hopeless, and deserve the fate which awaits you. On the other hand, if you hate what we've become in the past four decades, let me show you the not-so-distant past.

    Let me tell you what my America was like. For those of you under 40, it may come as a revelation.

    · In my America, there was prayer in the schools, crèches in public parks at Christmas (in fact, sales people actually wished you a "Merry Christmas," instead of the generic, secularized "happy holiday"), and universal respect for individuals who were reverently referred to a "men of the cloth." Hollywood celebrated faith with classics like "The Song of Bernadette," "Going My Way," "The Ten Commandments" and "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison."

    · Instead of half-naked, writhing celebrities and smirking savages with pistols larger than their brains, we had athletes, warriors, champions of justice and people of faith as heroes. (In terms of role models, we've gone from Audie Murphy to Eddie Murphy.)

    · It was universally acknowledged that sex should be reserved for marriage. Those who lived together without the benefit of a marriage license weren't called a "cohabitating couple." It was said they were "shacking up" or "fornicating." The product of their "illicit" relationships weren't "born out-of-wedlock;" they were bastards (a judgment on the parents, not the children).

    · Pornography was limited to the shadow world -- to paperbacks and magazines surreptitiously sold under the counter, or arriving in the mail in a plain-brown wrapper. Parents could be assured that children wouldn't encounter sex before the appropriate time. Society treated this volatile aspect of human nature cautiously and respectfully, not as a lurid national pastime that pervades every aspect of our lives. Virginity and fidelity were prized. Indiscretion, promiscuity and adultery were condemned.

    · Addiction too was limited to society's fringes, to social outcasts. Provisions were made for the treatment -- or incarceration -- of the unfortunates who became slaves to narcotics. But we didn't cater to them by facilitating their addiction, in the name of disease control or compassion.

    · Immigrants (who were here legally) were humbly grateful to reside in the greatest nation on earth. They understood that it was their responsibility to learn our language and history and identify with us -- in short to Americanize. Instead of making demands, they accepted obligations.

    · In general, our society was more oriented toward responsibilities than rights. The mark of an American wasn't a hand outstretched, palm up, but a shoulder for bearing burdens. Instead of whiny demands, we gratefully accepted duties.

    · Crime was an anomaly. In small towns, people frequently went away for the weekend without locking their doors. Except for certain disreputable sections, the streets of our cities were safe for women, even at night Girls weren't abducted, raped and buried alive in landfills. The rights of the accused were minimal.

    · Expressions like "no-fault divorce," "casual sex," "recreational drugs," "undocumented workers," "same-sex couples," "trophy wives," "gender-neutral," "racial profiling," "affirmative action," "church-state separation," "victimless crimes," "sex-industry workers," "symbolic speech," "sexually transmitted diseases," "non-judgmentalism," and "revisionist history" were blessedly unknown.

    · Homosexuality was treated as a grievous sin -- or a mental disorder (depending on your perspective) -- not as an innate characteristic conferring minority status. Before they became "gay," homosexuals weren't hated; they were pitied. But they weren't allowed to turn the social order upside down to enhance their self-esteem.

    · The FBI, Boy Scouts, police, firemen, military and clergy were respected. Degenerates, parasites, misfits, mutants and whiners were not.

    · Americans knew their history, celebrated their past and revered their heroes. They weren't consumed with guilt for the mistakes of the past. Everyone knew that slavery was a great wrong and the Indians got a raw deal. We also knew that slavery was a universal institution and we weren't the first people to clash with an indigenous population. We understood that America's faults were minor and -- on balance -- the blessings we bestowed on humanity far outweighed our mistakes.

    · We weren't obsessed with our image abroad -- whether foreigners loved us. We were willing to accept the animosity of the envious and the hatred of our enemies as part of the natural order. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, we didn't ask if we had brought this on ourselves by our ghastly treatment of a nation of ruthless warmongers. FDR didn't proclaim that our mission was to bring democracy to the Germans and Japanese (that was a side effect). It was to kill Japanese and Germans and to keep killing them until they stopped killing Chinese and Filipinos, and Jews and Poles and went back where they belonged. The idea of Americans agonizing over whether Mein Kampf was treated disrespectfully in a POW camp for Germans is ludicrous.

    · We weren't "multi-cultural." There was one culture -- Anglo-Saxon, Protestant -- to which others were expected to conform. This didn't mean that Jews, Catholics, blacks or Asians, considered themselves less American than those of Mayflower descent. But it was universally acknowledged that America was founded on the heritage of Western civilization, as amplified and transmitted by England.

    My America worked. We saved civilization from repeated barbarian onslaughts. We were the arsenal of democracy -- the workshop of the world. Our prosperity lifted boats across the globe. We were happy, self-confident and proud.

    And look at us now. We're like a dysfunctional family of 268 million, bordered by two oceans.

    Our salvation/resurrection lies in memory.

    In a novel of the end of the Roman Empire ("The Last Legion" by Valerio Manfredi), the boy emperor Romulus Augustus and his tutor are about to escape their barbarian captors. The elderly mentor stops to take a copy of the "Aeneid" (Virgil's epic poem of the founding of Rome).

    "'That's useless weight,' protested Romulus."

    "'On the contrary, it is the most precious thing I have in here, my son,' replied Ambrosinus. 'When we flee and leave everything behind us, the only resource that we can take with us is memory. The memory of our origins, of our roots, the stories of our ancestors. Only memory can allow us to be reborn. It doesn't matter where, it doesn't matter when. If we conserve the memory of our past greatness and the reasons we've lost it, we will rise again.'"

    No one will give us back our country. We have to take it back -- with our memory, our discernment, our capacity for struggle and sacrifice and our sheer will.

    These are thoughts to ponder while you're waiting to jump out of a plane onto the battlefield of the culture war.
  2. barreledaction

    barreledaction Active Member

    May 25, 2005
    I understand your sentiments more than you can know. My people have been saying just that for many years; "can I have my country back, please?"
  3. fenceline

    fenceline Member

    Feb 28, 2005
    Deer grunt
    It ia apaulling what is happening to our world,just be glad that you don't live in canada , it is embarrasing to be a canadian. Damned liberals /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/mad.gif
  4. Buffalobob

    Buffalobob Writers Guild

    Jun 12, 2001

    De Opresso libre
  5. Richard338

    Richard338 Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2003
    Yes, imagine me, agreeing with your views and living in Canada right now!
    Canada since I was a kid, has transformed along the lines you describe, only worse!
    No matter how scandelous the governments behavior, peoples outrage dies down within a week.
    Our country is at present more defacto socialist than any country that has ever claimed to be socialist!
  6. nickbracewell

    nickbracewell Active Member

    Jul 12, 2004

    Just replace the word "American" with the word "Britain" and you will have the perfect mirror image version of what is happening to us this side of the water.

  7. Okiehunter

    Okiehunter Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2005
    Alas! I'm not alone!
  8. jsali

    jsali Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2005
    I have been told that the only crime in Canada still punishable by death (hanging) is cattle rustling (apparently overlooked by lawmakers due to the fact that it doesn't happen anymore). Now imagine a country where a person can kidnap, torture, rape, and murder a 5 year old little girl and only face a maximum of 25 years in prison, however if that person were to have stolen a cow they could possibly be hung. What happened to an "eye for an eye". We have gotten too soft on criminals, they are free to carry out whatever perverted thoughts pop into their head that they may feel is "art" all the while waiting for hollywood to contact them with a made for T.V. movie deal. There were days when people like those were dealt with appropriately and parents instilled character and morality in their children istead of leaving it to television and video game producers.

    People need to stop focusing on what we could do and start looking at what we are doing. I could go on but I'll leave it at that.
  9. Yorkplates

    Yorkplates Well-Known Member

    Jan 10, 2005
    Ah, things are that bad. That guy should go to work for a political party in their rhetoric department.

    A lot of folks down here would say that a fella from New York belonged in Andersonville! HaHa! I'm kidding! I'm sure a lot of folks in New York would say an Alabama boy should stick to playing a banjo while courtin' his cousin. Ha! This is a great nation! In fact I think it's a better place to live than it was 50, 100, 150 years ago. My humble opinion though. Don't let stuff like that make you mad. I could take almost every point made in that rant and give it a positive spin just the way he gave it a negative spin.

    Hey, you couldn't get a custom rifle made by C. Matthews or Kirby Allen 50 years ago or learn just about all you can know about shooting from!!

    Drive through Ruston, Louisiana on the 4th of July just before dark and tell me that this country has been taken away!! There are more folks than there are gnats, packed down Interstate 20, watching a beatiful fireworks display over the biggest dang Baptist church I've ever seen!!
  10. abinok

    abinok Writers Guild

    Nov 25, 2004
    America is still here, youve just got to drive further into the country to find it. its raining now, and im gonna go sit on the porch, and enjoy the fact that my nearest neighbor is a half mile away.
  11. jeffersonv

    jeffersonv Active Member

    Jun 7, 2005
    Yeah, we have lost much of our country. Sad thing is, we still have the right to address our government for a redress of grievances and we chose not to. I say we are getting what we deserve.

    History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid. -Dwight Eisenhower

    Evil prevails when good men do nothing. -Edmund Burke
  12. Ripper

    Ripper Well-Known Member

    Jul 14, 2010
    I feel your frustration completely. And I couldn't agree any less. A lot of it is where you reside. I came back from Iraq not 2 months ago and in different terminals "being in uniform for my R&R" I was greeted by multiple elderly people and some younger and had people shake my hand, some cried and some simply offered their respects with something as placing their hands over their hearts as they passed. In Seattle, WA I had my class A's on after a funeral I attended for my grandmother who passed and I got nothing but dirty looks and even had some nice sign language. And I am no expert at reading lips but I am pretty sure he was saying f... y.. "atleast so I am 99% sure". I would nothing more than to have a nice conversation in the woodline with this lad.

    Have no worries though. History has a way of repeating itself. As crazy as it sounds we are heading in to a weird time. 100's of 1000's of jobs are lost every week accross the United States. Illegal immigrancy amongst other things is destroying the U.S from within. This so called change was just that. Pocket change with some pocket lint.

    I had to sit and listen to VP Joe Biden for 45 minutes talk his bs about how he cares and what an outstanding job... I wanted to puke.

    Anyways; don't loose hope. There will be a time for CHANGE; but not the kind of change he wants. Shortly after WW3 is over things will calm back down :)

    Keep your head high and don't give up on God, and country.
  13. bigbuck

    bigbuck Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2009
    Ripper, My family and my church want to thank YOU for your service. we pray for the men and women in uniform . You said "I wanted to puke" I agree with you 100% it's sad the we all have to endure what the DEMOCRATS deserve that voted this idiot into office .

    I have family members that are sooo bull headed that they still think that the dems are for the working man .

    Mr Obama has just signed and passed the 2300 pile of crap that will probably have me hunting a job in the very near future . I happen to work (for now) at a small lending company and it is targeted by big brother in this worker friendly socialist 2300 page pile of crap !! another friend of mine that i go to church with said that his company has 1200 locations thorughtout and they called them all in and warned them that they may not have a jump by the end of next year .......COULD SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME HOW MR OBAMA IS HELPING THE ECONOMY OUT BY TAKING AWAY JOBS ?????????? That's exactly what this bill has done or is going to do !!

    "WW3" gun)gun)
  14. winmag

    winmag Well-Known Member

    Dec 23, 2009
    Im sure that anyone with half a brain is in agreement with you. We have reason to be concerned. VERY Concerned!
    If he has ears let him here, and if he has eyes let him see.........hmmmm whats that mean to you? I know what it means to me! Most people are completely blind and deaf to whats realy going on and why.

    I think Ripper said it best in his closing words;
    ''Dont give up on God and country'' The key is to have both or your doomed to fail.
    I never locked my doors untill I moved to College. I grew up in a small town, where America is still the best country in the world. The folks are made up of God fearing, church going people, who respect thier elders, and admire the bravery, sacrifice, and intestinal fortitude of those in uniform. Cowboys, and hard work are still common place. Ranchers still recruit the local high school kids to work the bull sales, and everyone hunts. Boys with earrings or long hair are trouble, and dealt with immediately. They adapt or LEAVE! Respect for the girl you date, and her parents and family is still what its supposed to be. And people are self sufficient, and can take care of themselves.
    The city was a horrible experience. But it was also a real eye opener. The rest of the world doesnt seem to care about thier neighbor, or who thier decisions effect. Look at California. Its a perfect example of what a cancer does. I truly feel for those few good folks left there. But thats exactly where we are heading if we dont get a handle on this horrible situation we've allowed to exist. I plead with everyone to VOTE, and PRAY. Its our only hope of turning this nation back the way it should be.