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By Furman Joye
I am an old man of 84 years that loves my Jesus more than anything in the world. That loves my family almost as much and who loves my country more than words can state. As a young man I spent 20 years in the U.S. military willing to die for my country at any time. As a man of middle age, I worked tirelessly to provide for my family before dedicating my entire life to serving my Jesus. And now, in the autumn of my life, I strive to serve my God with all of my energy.
I write because I see my beloved country slipping from being the greatest nation in the world, with hope and promise for every American, to “third world status” with socialist leadership and values.
I write because I want the young couple in a car with the radio blasting so loud that no one could possibly think, to turn the volume down and listen quietly to their hearts that will tell them that this “welfare state”, “give me everything state” cannot go on providing for them.
I write hoping to motivate and inspire all Americans, regardless of race, ethnicity, political affiliation and religious beliefs, to “put on the full armor of God” and to be willing to do whatever it takes to reclaim our country and put America back on the right track to being the greatest country in the world!
I could put my thoughts on the Internet through email, but sadly all of my address books consist of fellow conservatives who, for the most part, think and feel as I do! Therefore I ask the editors to publish my letters, hoping that those on the left, those who seldom or never vote, those who feel that their voice would be meaningless, those who feel they are too busy to be involved and those that feel that perhaps they are too old, will read these thoughts and perhaps rethink their positions on the current situations in our country today.
This is not a “call to arms” but rather a “call to reality”! It is easy for those that have grown up benefiting from the “welfare state” to think that this can go on forever, but it can’t! It is easy for those who have always voted for one party to think “if it was good enough for my daddy it must be good enough for me”, but it’s not!
We must stop playing “follow the leader” and sticking our hand out for every freebie that we can get. We must stop trusting every “wannabe leader” regardless of qualifications and we must stop voting for someone simply because of their name. We must return to the days of Pres. John F. Kennedy and his challenge: “Ask not what your country can do for you, but rather, what you can do for your country.”
We must stop being a nation of wimps, with every imaginable illness or affliction possible! Especially those diagnoses that get us another handout from the government. If our forefathers who discovered, settled, and developed this great nation, had known about all of the diagnoses of today we would still be a hinterland.
We must stop thinking of this great nation as your America, or my America and start realizing that it is our America and that we all share in the responsibility for its future! Examine carefully those that profess to “love America” when their actions show otherwise. Patriotism is still in vogue!! Remember those that take an oath to defend the Constitution of the State or Nation and then promptly do the opposite. Vote accordingly when you vote in the next election. Remember those that abandon our fellow Americans at critical times and then say “What Does It Matter?” when questioned about their actions.
We must start being the “can-do” nation again! A nation that says “Damn the Torpedoes, full speed ahead”! A nation that says “Don’t give me a handout, give me a job”! A Nation that respects, and protects, all religious faiths! A nation that takes swift action against anyone who participates in any form of oppression of Freedom of Religion without regard to so-called political correctness!
I hope that, in some small way, this answers your questions of why I am critical of our present administration. And just in case anyone thinks I’m prejudiced, my choice for our next President is Dr. Ben Carson, a brilliant black man who knows how to overcome adversity and how to succeed!