2007-07-04 / Opinion

Up The Creek Without A Paddle

Happy Birthday Americans
by Terry Toole

If I used my good judgement, I would think long and hard about writing about the state of our nation and our leadership, and especially the War in Iraq. As usual, I tread where angels fear to tread.

First and foremost, anyone in their right mind would agree that war, any war is bad and if possible, it is best to settle differences without fighting someone and destroying lives and property for almost any reason.

I would feel much better about having an opinion about war if I had ever been directly in one, which I haven't. I do love history and have studied how our nation fought for our freedom in the 1700s and has been fighting to keep that freedom ever since with other nations and among ourselves.

These past few weeks have given me possibly a small taste of what it is to be in war. I have been attacked, shot at and told by many, many people that my life is in jeopardy because I stand against some of our leaders of our communities. I know that, and have known that you can be hurt or killed for taking a stand. I done this for the past 50 or more years, and people in our community have been attacked and killed by elected officials or their flunkies, and the crimes have never been taken to court or prosecuted for their crimes, even murder. I know, and many others know what I am talking about.

Since Cain killed Abel, the human race has had people who would kill others for jealousy, power and position.

With what we have today, abuses of alcohol, illegal and legal drugs and the loss of our fear of One God, things in this world, county and our own community seems to have gotten worse.

We are forgiving people, but we do need to remember what happens when we look the other way too often. Our nation was formed when England tried to make slaves of the people of this country. They fought and died so that we could have these United States of America. They gave up everything so that the people would not be under tryants and kings.

We have fought many, many wars since that time, and if you study history, they were all very unpopular with the people in this nation. The leaders were put down by certain people for being in war, especially if it last too long, which they all do. This nation has been in two world wars with other nations as well as many wars to help our allies stay out of enslavement by leaders who would kill them if they did not do as they were told.

The war in Iraq is no different. The leaders and certain factions killed their own people by the multiplied thousands to keep them in line. They took their freedom and right to live. The United States of America, being the only world leader left still attempts to help others keep or win their freedom. It is called democracy.

It would be a near perfect world if there was no war and killing, but until He returns to rule this world, we will have wars and rumors of wars.

There is a saying, "Only two people offered their lives for others. Christ Jesus gave his life for our souls. The American soldier has given his or her life for our freedom."

Those who do not support our American soldiers in a time of war are not real Americans and should be deported or hung.

On our nations birthday, this July 4, let us celebrate those and remember those who have made this nation a world leader and the place most other people would like to be. At the same time, let us remember that 9/11 can and will happen again. There are people who would destroy everything good that this nation stands for. It is all up to us to keep up our vigil to protect the rights and freedoms that our forefathers have fought and died for.

This nation was formed as one nation under God. When we reject that, we are no longer the United States of America.

God Bless America, and God Bless You.

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