Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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March 1, 2014

Opinion: America at the crossroads?

EFFINGHAM — Americans better be waking up! You are losing your freedoms and liberty at an alarming rate, especially since the second coronation of King Obama, and too many, either, do not realize it or much care. Even I, as non-supporter of his, would never have imagined the lawlessness of this administration.

As I mentioned in my initial column, there have been many highs and lows in America’s history in my lifetime, and before, that almost destroyed our union. Starting with the Civil War — a little before my time — when President Abraham Lincoln abolished slavery. It divided America between North and South, and in some quarters of our nation to this day, the scars have not completely healed.

Then there was the Great Depression, which I consider both a high and low. It was a time of suffering and suicides for those who had lost everything, but also a time of people caring and trying to help one another.

On Dec. 7, 1941, following the infamous attack at Pearl Harbor by the Japanese, President Franklin D. Roosevelt was decisive in immediately declaring war. With his own words, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” he rallied the people and resulted in victory against Hitler and the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. The pride and patriotism this brought to Americans was almost beyond comprehension.

However, too soon after that the United States became embroiled in two conflicts, in which our gallant troops were not allowed to prevail, Korea and Vietnam. At that time, I was in an apathetic stage. I wasn’t, nor am I now, aware of the justification for those wars. I only feel, as a combat veteran, that many lives were lost and much blood spilled in vain. The returning troops, especially Vietnam veterans, were treated abominably for their nation’s call to arms.

Never should the American military be asked to participate in a conflict in which they will not be allowed to be victorious. I fear that is exactly what Obama’s objective is. He has already withdrawn troops from Iraq, leaving it ripe for Iran’s influence, and will soon leave Afghanistan to return to Taliban control. I have no stomach for war, but neither can I justify the senseless loss of our military. He has shown complete incompetence in the field of national affairs and hasn’t the slightest clue how to react to the Libya or Syria problems, among others.

I have witnessed the switch of some European and other countries to Socialism, which has led to strikes, riots and unrest and, in many cases, leading to the overthrow of the government. Also, the usurping of power led to the likes of Adolph Hitler in Germany, Mussolini in Italy and Franco in Spain. In my naivete, I thought that could not ever happen here. But Obama’s ruthless power grabs are unsettling.

However, with the disregard King Obama has shown to our Constitution and Bill of Rights, can one be certain? Five years ago I would not have entertained such a notion, but times have changed. Twice he has taken the Oath of Office, swearing to uphold the Constitution and to faithfully execute all laws duly passed by Congress. How many times has he unilaterally changed his own Obama Care Law, in addition to deciding which parts of other laws, such as immigration and others, he feels like enforcing?

In his first two years of administration, he controlled both houses of Congress and passed virtually any piece of legislation he desired. Then he lost control of one house and things became a little more difficult. He repeatedly criticized the opposing party for not initiating any ideas to offset his failing policies. In truth, any bills passed by the opposition that stood a chance of adoption by the Senate were never brought up for an up-or-down vote by Senate Majority Leader Reid. With puppets, such as him, and by virtue of the rubber-stamp Senate, I fear for America’s future.

With politicians of Obama’s ilk and a complacent and hoodwinked populous, it could happen here!


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