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3/5/2013 5:00:00 PM
COLUMN: The fight goes on
Bob Weete

Some 200-plus years ago, this land of ours -America -was born. It was not an easy labor, but it was, indeed, a labor of love. Yes, I believe that it was God's love that blessed the events leading up to, and including, the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the masterful American Constitution. If one learns the real life stories of those who came here, who fought here, who died here, one cannot come away believing otherwise. Oh, I know that there are those non-believers who have re-written history to adhere to their views, who have chosen to point out all the warts and flaws in this history, and those who are hard at work to transform this country into something that has already proven itself to fail miserably to really bring peace to a country and world crying so desperately for it.

The character of this country, founded upon God's Scripture, in a relatively short time brought this country through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, world wars; the American character has brought us through depression, monumental successes, as well as correction of numerous human errors. And, we have survived, where many other countries have failed - convincingly.

Unfortunately, a country's character is subject to temptations of various kinds, just like a human being. Where there was mutual respect, jealousy and envy crowds in; where there was honor and simple pride, greed and power-seeking is rampant; where there was self-sufficiency and independence, our country's citizens are stripped of self-reliance and people at all levels of our society feel "entitled" to God's gifts. America's work ethic was a characteristic that brought us satisfaction and contentment, knowing that in this land of opportunity, it was up to us to earn our own way. Success was not determined by the things we had, but what we had was sufficient to meet our needs. Yes, there were people who had "more" than some of us, but we were content because so many of our own relatives, still in the old country, could not achieve the goals we had succeeded in.

In raising our kids, we passed those American values to our kids because we knew those values, the values of knowing right from wrong, of being persons of honor and integrity, respect for self as well as others would guarantee them a satisfying life. Americans in the past had a high regard for education, and determinedly they passed this on from generation to generation, because in the old country, only the elite were granted that privilege. Yes, we had some mid-course directions to correct. People of all ethnic groups fought and died to free the slaves, women were given rights that other women throughout the world do not, even now, have. And yes, there is still some work that still needs to be done. We, as a nation, and as individuals, are always a "work in progress".We hear a lot of talk these days about "transforming" America, about "fixing" America, about "Constitutional rights" changes for America. If it ain't broke, why operate on it? The work of our founding fathers was nothing short of a miracle, guided by God himself.

Now, the "problem", if any, has been the way people have been tricked into bringing down the world's best hope for true peace. Under expert guidance, we have become a nation that does not appreciate the satisfaction of working and earning our own success. Instead of being responsible, we have chosen to whine about our lives, to make excuses, to place blame for our failures on others. It could be blamed on parents, school teachers, being "disadvantaged", bad luck, ethnic background, "nobody likes me", and so on.

This country was, and still is, the Land of Opportunity; make no mistake about that. Life has no guarantees, although this country has guaranteed, for over two centuries, certain unalienable rights. The opportunities - no matter who you are, no matter what your background, no matter what situation you have - are still there. What is missing is the preparation for adult responsibility, the training that provides us with values skills that has been proven to provide any child with the character that is the foundation for a life worth living. Look around you. Unfortunately, many of the people who should be the role models for youth are giving them the wrong values to cultivate. It is hard for youth to be able to follow and emulate heroes. We hear about celebrities from all genre, from our country's leaders, all the way down even to local politicians, board members, etc. "Monkey see, monkey do". If we are ever to escape the kind of life that leads to self-destruction, it must start with each individual. Parents, your job is made so much more difficult these days, because Politically Correct has replaced Morally Correct. Start with responsibility - yours. Our children, though they may not love it right now, desperately need your loving guidance so they can be exposed to the moral curriculum for a good life. If they are persons who are kind to others, who have integrity, who are respectful, generous, responsible, their chances of being an adult you can be proud will be assured.

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Posted: Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Article comment by: EL PICA BUYAS

Hey remember that if you get Obama mad at you or say bad stuff about this administration. Now Obama can send a drone strike on anybody. Here in the Good Ole USA. Without due process. Boy, they were mad about Bush and his politics, now why are the people not up in arms about this? OH. I forgot about the drones.

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