Grimm's Musings: I want my country back
H.R. Grimm is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
When did the rules change and by whom? And for WHOSE benefit were they changed? I know I didn't change them and I know it hasn't gotten better for you or me under these changes!
I grew up in a United States of America that required an allegiance to THIS Country. Acts of treason were seriously dealt with and unless you were Jane Fonda, you were considered a traitor and deported or censored. In fact, Fonda is the only one who did so during a war (or "A National Call Up for Military Action") that I can readily think of who wasn't shot as a traitor.
As a grade schooler, I and my fellow classmates, were required to repeat the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and EVERYONE of us, including our parents, knew it by heart. We started our school day saying "The LORD'S Prayer" and I can recall there were Catholics who were in our school who said it in the "Protestant" version without so much as a boycott, lawsuit by a parent or demand for public flogging. If we acted like unruly animals our teachers and principals were empowered to "swat" some sense in us to discourage any thoughts of continuing to act that way.
In the event that did take place at school, there was some serious repercussions when we got home. We grew up with an understanding of respect, a concept of God ("however you may have comprehended Him to be") and expected ethics. Back talking was not allowed. Bullying was NOT accepted in school or on the bus. No it wasn't perfect but it wasn't a war zone either!
We learned about the founding of this Nation. We learned about why people from Europe risked their lives to sail across the Atlantic Ocean. We learned about how "The Great White Chief" treated the Native Americans with lie after lie. We learned about how slavery came into America and every other Country during the same period. We learned who sold them in Africa. We learned about how the Irish were treated, the Catholics were ridiculed ("JFK is putting the Pope in the White House"). We learned our Dads worked together in factories regardless of color, religion or political affiliation. We learned about getting along to build a future. We learned about Greek and Roman history and about how they grew as well as what lead to their downfall.
Some of us were unable to make the football team or play in the band. Some of us were not soloists in the choir. Some of us were better students in academics while others excelled in shop classes. Some of us were not good in either and chose to quit high school and join the military. I was of this latter group.
My point to all of this is we all were given and had instilled in us the same foundation for a concept of "WE, The People..." requiring that we all had to work together to make the USA work. We believed that hard work, dedication and fairness were important in achieving this goal.
Today, someone has changed the rules and nobody is happy or satisfied.
I am glad, honestly proud, to know, people want to come to America. Yet, in my grasp on the big picture of National Sovereignty there must be a required allegiance to the same National Values I grew up with. As I have read and learned there are porous borders where anyone can sneak in illegally and melt into society. In this age of international terrorism, I am afraid and angry that WH has not made this a priority to fix. I am glad that we as The USA can bring refugees safely onto our Soil. Yet, when I read that undocumented "refugees" are being brought in without refusing to denounce the same religious ideology that have vowed to wipe us off this planet AND are fighting to get their Shariah Laws implemented, which flies in the very face of The US Constitution, I am angry at them and a WH/Congress that has allowed it to CONTINUE!
I, as well as my Dad and my son, have served my Country. We, along with millions of others took an oath* that is still in effect. I don't know who changed things, but I Want My Country Back!
*"I, _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God."
(Title 10, US Code; Act of 5 May 1960 replacing the wording first adopted in 1789, with amendment effective 5 October 1962)."