To the editor:
“… The belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.” — President John F. Kenned
y, Inaugural Address, 1961
Those were words that came from a Democratic president who praised Catholicism and cherished his family.
I think things must have been much less complicated back in
1961. Those were the days when there was an American Dream of home ownership. A 16-inch television with an antenna on your roof and a car classified a couple as “rich.” A college education was a gift from God and families struggled and saved to send their children to college.
Many of our parents or grandparents didn’t speak English and had to learn it to earn citizenship in this God-loving country. How many of us have grown up with parents or grandparents who spoke English as second language and yet many with little to no education, pursued a life path to become integrated into our society as Americans?
These folks essentially wanted to be functional in our society. Even though their focus was family and they cherished their culture and heritage, they knew that their children would find the keys to happiness by being proud Americans. Therefore becoming a citizen who contributed to the community through volunteerism, philanthropy and public service were compelling notions.
This is different from today where many people from other countries come here just to take and not return anything. They receive free housing, free food, fuel assistance, health care and education all without even a thought of committing to learn the language or becoming citizens. This is the symptom of a declining nation and our democratic politicians are sowing the seeds of our own demise because their cause is to enable those that take only and contribute little.
Americans are the most loving, forgiving and compassionate people in the world. The reason for that is because a person who works hard, reaps what he sows. And we are grateful for what we have.
The working man and woman have built this nation. Thrift is still a valid means of enjoying prosperity and preserving it for future generations.
This country is founded on individual responsibility, hard work and sharing resources voluntarily. It’s not based on government programs, entitlements and forced redistribution of wealth.
The November elections offer us all one last hope to restore the principles that built the greatest na
tion in the world.