Remember those great Thanksgivings of yesteryear, the ones that took place before President Obama took office?
Well, as WorldNetDaily columnist Barbara Simpson writes today, Thanksgiving was ruined this year thanks to the man in the White House, as she simply had nothing to be thankful for.
Simpson explains that unlike in the good ol’ days, when people feared nuclear war and Americans were sent to fight in Vietnam, nowadays U.S. soldiers are “often used to build schools and infrastructure in foreign lands” while “the rights and benefits of American citizens are stolen and given to illegal aliens who essentially are stealing our birthright as Americans.”
The traditional Thanksgiving commentary is a litany of good things in our lives. Fair enough. It teaches us to be grateful for what we have.
But while that’s not such a bad idea, I think that sometimes it’s wise to take a look at the problems we face and see what good can come from them.
Thanks to the Obama administration, the regressive and divisive political trends in our country and the progression of terrorist horrors across the world, it’s hard to avoid the negative.
Today, we have wars with no end and no real purpose. Even our own leaders are confused as to what we’re doing, where and why.
In the past, our military, and certainly the men in combat, had focus even if at times there was division among the leaders. Generally, that division was not evident to the troops or to the man on the street.
The image to the average American was that we were united in our intent and effort, and, ultimately, the goal was victory.
It’s different today. Our military has been the target of political correctness in training, dress and membership. Their assignments often have morphed from combat to socially approved assignments. Are they warriors, or are they social engineers assigned to create a better world regardless of the local politics in the chosen locales?
Do our warriors fight wars to protect our freedom, or are they now fighters without borders and are often used to build schools and infrastructure in foreign lands and even, as we are doing now with Ebola, fight a contagious disease.
Have we lost our sense of mission, or have we lost our way?
We’ve had hot wars – Korea, Vietnam, others – and at the same time, the Cold War. The average American may not have perceived the political intrigue involved in all that, but they knew the enemy.
We had the fear of nuclear war and the terrible infernos it could cause. Children learned “duck and cover,” which, in reality, would do nothing but give fake security.
Over the years, we’ve had prosperity and recession, inflation and deflation, corporate and political corruption. Often it was not terribly clear to the average American just what was going on, but eventually the reality was clear and there was some resolution.
Now we have politicians who lie openly, economic conflicts that threaten families, to say nothing of the ultimate effect on the very future of our nation.
Just look at the media – and politician-fed riots of Ferguson. Look at the economic and the job situation facing not only the minority young but all citizens.
Look at the excuses given to Islamic terrorism as though their violent hate has some rational and excusable basis, even when beheading American citizens.
Look at the situation when the president makes his own laws so that the rights and benefits of American citizens are stolen and given to illegal aliens who essentially are stealing our birthright as Americans.
The leader in this is Barack Obama, the president now feeling his power. He doesn’t have to worry about midterm elections or his own re-election campaigning.