Weatherford Democrat

Columns

October 21, 2011

Home of the brave, land of the free

PARKER COUNTY — Does anybody know what the phrase “home of the brave, land of the free” means anymore?

I believe there are a large number of us who do, but I fear we are in the minority these days.

When our forefathers revolted and broke away from England’s aristocratic and tyrannical government, they made a powerful statement to the world and to the ages. This was not just a disorderly mob behaving with reckless abandon, but with a particular destiny and a peculiar idea about the values and abilities of human beings — all men are created equal, freedom of religion (not FROM religion), no taxation without representation — and the list goes on — and belief in a higher power (God), who intervenes in the affairs of men who are not afraid to ask for His help.

What’s wrong with America, you say? We’ve drifted away from our objectives, for our Constitution and Bill of Rights are not obtained once and put away on a shelf, but are living, breathing documents to be cherished in their original form, and to be protected at all costs from the same enemies we wrestled our freedom from. These enemies are everywhere, the world over and right here in America. Their mission never varies — take something good and wonderful, and majestic, and destroy it, because it shines a light on their evil hearts and minds.

The word “brave” suggests movement or deliberate action which, of necessity, precedes the word “free.” If we want to be free, we must take some action to obtain it and keep it. Today, too many so-called Americans are lazy and indifferent to the beauty and honor of our country. A disproportionate number of us don’t vote, and there are more people drawing entitlements than are paying for them. This is not only insane, but unsustainable. Too many non-working “Americans” have learned how to use the system and take advantage of working Americans, and I’m not speaking of those who have lost jobs and are legitimately claiming unemployment compensation.

When World War II ended, men and women went to work. My parents both worked two or three jobs at times, and my sister and myself both did odd jobs to earn money. For example, we picked berries in Washington state. I was 5 and she was 7. We cleaned houses and yards, and barns. I started mowing lawns at 9, and worked on a farm at 14 and 15. I had a full time job (54 hrs a week) in a service station at 16 until I finished high school and joined the Air Force at 18. There are millions of stories just like mine, and sadly, most of them are from previous generations or mine, through the ‘50s and ‘60s.

As Americans became more affluent, some parents began spoiling their kids, and not holding them to that standard of earning their way.

Yes, today there are families who teach their children the value of work, any kind of honest work, to help earn their way, but they are few and far between.

It is these spoiled generations of now grown people and their children, and their children’s children, who think working Americans and the government are responsible for their every need and desire. These are the draft dodgers, protesters, gang bangers, druggies, illegal immigrants, non working, late sleeping couch potatoes, fraudulent welfare recipients, and dabblers in Communism, Socialism, and any other forms of anything that is anti-American who are draining America’s resources. I will say, in many cases, illegals will work hard, but they are too lazy to go through proper channels to gain their citizenship. On the other hand, we have some Americans who were handed everything — and some of them are playing the role of an elected officials. Since they have never been self sufficient, but were taken care of by Mom and Dad, it is natural to spend and waste taxpayer money. Those taxpayers are just “little people” and of little note. Reminds me of aristocrats and tyrants!

So, what is the solution?

I’m asking genuine Americans, with a belief in our original values, pride in the fruits of their labor and hope in our eternal God — you don’t have to go to my church or any church, for that matter, that’s between you and Him — to shake off the dust of complacency, search out the truth and speak it. Talk to your family, friends and neighbors, and talk to God — He’s listening. And I can say that in print, because this is still America.

Let’s keep it that way.

And by the way, I will never say I am ashamed of my country when it does wrong. By whose opinion? I may disagree with some decisions made by elected officials, but I will never be ashamed of America. My country, right or wrong!

u

Bill Bush is a retired truck driver and Vietnam veteran who had three voluntary tours in Southeast Asia, including two combat tours as a gunner on the A/C-130 gunship Spectre, 225 combat missions.

1
Text Only
Columns
  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Old dogs and old men

    For most of us, our pets give us great joy and provide wonderful companionship.  This is especially true during the time of our youth and also during our golden years.  During these seasons of life we have more time to bond with our 4-legged friends than during the prime years when we were so desperately trying to make our mark on the world.  With this wonderful gift of love from our pets, there is a down side.  We live longer than they do, and it is hard to face losing them.  Down on the “pore farm” in the not too distant future, I will face this inevitable fact.

    June 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Recalling memories of long ago

    Years ago, I had a good friend in the Navy, who was actually my immediate superior in the chain of command, whose comment made an enduring impression on me.  He looked up from his desk one day, and said, “Larry, (he always called me Larry, even though my first name was Lieutenant Commander at the time) we have one of the best jobs in the world.”  And how is that, I thought to myself?  He went on to explain that we were paid fairly good salaries to fly around in shiny airplanes and visit exciting parts of the world.  We were given a title (just like royalty), wore nicely tailored uniforms, and hung around with some of the most impressive young men and women in the nation.  Danny loved his job.  He went on to retire as the Chief of Naval Personnel, a Vice-Admiral.

    June 14, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    Little League Baseball: This is one of the most successful programs for young people, both normal and handicapped. All of the people involved in this program are volunteers, and they do wonderful work in developing character and teamwork in children.

    June 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Caring for those who have borne the battle

    With all the recent controversy surrounding the healthcare provided to our veterans by the Department of Veterans Affairs, I can’t resist the opportunity to weigh in with a few thoughts of my own. Over the past month or so, especially the past couple of weeks, it seems that everyone and his/her dog has pointed out facets of a very flawed and disgraceful system charged with providing care for those who served in uniform to protect and defend our nation. In each commentary, everyone concurs that our veterans deserve better. 

    June 8, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: A possibly terminal case of the crud

    I’ve heard several women during my lifetime make snide comments about what a bunch of crybabies we big tough men become when we’re sick.  Maybe, it’s because the bigger you are, the sicker you become.  One thing I know with absolute certainty is that at this very moment in time as I pound away on my keyboard, I am sicker than a dog with what may be my last case of the crud.  Not unlike all the other really rotten bad colds I’ve had in the past, I don’t see how I can possibly survive this one.

    May 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    We read a lot about the alleged long delays in getting an appointment for treatment at the VA hospitals, some delays so long that the patient dies before obtaining one. I cannot think of anything more stupid by a family than to let a loved one die because they could not get an appointment for free care at the VA.

    May 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Remembering our fallen comrades

    Each year in observation of Memorial Day, I clumsily search for fitting words to honor the sacrifice made by so many of our nation’s finest young men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and our way of life.  Each year I fail miserably to achieve the desired result.  No combination of words or phrases in any language by even the most highly acclaimed author could adequately honor those who, in the words of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg, “…gave the last full measure of devotion.”

    May 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • PASTOR POPHIN: Remembering on Memorial Day

    You remember the dates: July 4, 1776; April 12, 1861; June 28, 1914; December 7, 1941; June 25, 1950; somewhere between 1955 and 1959; and Sept. 11, 2001. These are all significant dates. If you don’t know what they mean, look them up.

    May 24, 2014

  • larry jones cropped:color NOW HEAR THIS: Rain for the just and the unjust

    Most of us plod along through life doing the best we can, but very few of us ever become really good at anything. Rarely do we achieve world class status, but my mother checked this box with her iced tea making skills. In my early years, there was never anything as good as coming in from the field hot and sweaty, sitting down at the dinner table (at noon), and having my first glass of cold iced tea. The first glass was always the best. The primary secret to my mother’s wonderful iced tea was the fact she used rain water from our cistern, rather than the hard well water. She also insisted on using only Lipton’s tea — none of that “off brand” stuff would do.  

    May 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • william kelly.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    On April 27, 2014, two popes were made saints. This happening was unusual because the Catholic Church has two living popes, one retired and one the present head of the Church. 

    May 15, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN Raw: Deadly Landslide Hits Indian Village Obama Chides House GOP for Pursuing Lawsuit New Bill Aims to Curb Sexual Assault on Campus Russia Counts Cost of New US, EU Sanctions 3Doodler Bring 3-D Printing to Your Hand Six PA Cops Indicted for Robbing Drug Dealers Britain Testing Driverless Cars on Roadways Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle At Least 20 Chikungunya Cases in New Jersey Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo NCAA Settles Head-injury Suit, Will Change Rules Raw: Amphibious Landing Practice in Hawaii