To the editor:
Hitler started the blitzkrieg in the West attacking Luxemburg, Holland, Belgium and France on May 10, 1940, the same day Winston Churchill became the prime minister of Great Britain.
Three days later, after somberly assessing the ever worsening situation he told his cabinet and the nation: “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears, and sweat.”
These were the words of a statesman not a politician.
America is now in a worse situation than Europe was in 1940. We face $16 trillion in debt, high and lingering unemployment, two wars, terrorist threats, a totally incomprehensible tax code with a zillion loopholes, etc., etc., etc.
Britain in 1940 was a homogeneous society – we are polarized. They did not have drug problems – we do. Their culture and language were guided by decency; we embrace sex, violence, and profanity in the media. They cherished their parliamentary monarchy; we do not respect our politicians.
They believed in tradition, while we pay lip service to the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They did not know what political correctness is; we are afraid to call things by their proper names to the extent that the press secretary of the administration refused to identify the capital of Israel — Jerusalem — during a press conference.
The Brits incarcerated a small clique of Mosley Oswald’s fascist sympathizers; our government is suing Arizona because the police there dared to ask drivers violating traffic rules for their IDs. Also, we are utterly spoiled: since Sept. 11, 2001, America has been fighting two very expensive wars and taxes were never raised – an “achievement” unheard of.
The list goes on – you get the gist.
The British, led by the great Winston Churchill, were determined and united, they sacrificed and endured, they fought and won with the mighty help of America and the USSR.
We are alone in this fight over our mostly internal problems. Nobody can help us. As they say, “We saw the enemy and it is us.”
We frivolously chose as our leader a man about whom we knew almost nothing (except his remarkable acquiescence to the anti-American preaching of his spiritual mentor, the Rev. J. Wright), and whose first act in power was to remove the bust of Churchill from the Oval Office.
In order to prevail over our serious problems we must be ready and willing to make sacrifices. We need to know the bitter truth, and we must embrace it.
In this campaign I hear populist sloganeering and mudslinging from Democrats and somber propositions from Republicans.
See for yourselves who is less of a politician and more of a statesman. Just keep in mind that this is the battle for the survival of America as we used to know it.
Norwood Heights, Gloucester