July 14, 2013

Letter: Unrecognizable

— Once there existed a historically unique nation that was born of hard work and a longing for religious freedom and independence from a despotic government, a government intent on taking the proceeds from that hard work through burdensome taxation. Growing pains involved two devastating wars fought here, one for the freedom of the whole country and another for the freedom of an enslaved people.

The incentive to work hard and innovate provided this country with immense wealth. As the Constitution required, the government claimed taxation power to provide military protection and build roads and infrastructure to benefit the whole country. Then a new breed of American appeared — the professional politician who learned to milk the rest of the country for entitlements that would ensure re-election.

The patriots who fought to establish and preserve this country would not recognize the nation we have become. What was once right and righteous is now called wrong and unfair. Christianity and Judaism are under attack while atheism, agnosticism and Islam are protected. When the military was preparing to overturn “Don’t ask, don’t tell,” Army Lt. Gen. reasons, need to get out.

A Department of Justice attorney went to Manchester, Tenn., “to inform the public about what federal laws are in effect … including what speech is protected and what speech could be considered a threat” when posting items that offend Muslims.

Polygamist families in Utah are celebrating the end of the Defense of Marriage Act. If the same rules apply to polygamy that govern LGBT couples, multiple marriages can be legitimized.

Hundreds of pro-abortion protesters crowded the Texas Capitol to support a filibuster to stop laws from being passed to force abortion clinics to be clean and safe and prevent abortions after 20 weeks. Animal protection laws are stricter than those protecting human babies.

“Fairness” is suddenly the new religion where the productive are penalized so the poor can share the wealth without having to contribute anything in return. Sadly, we are willingly being persuaded that the “Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God” that were fought for so long ago should be replaced by whimsical laws of man, leaving God and morality out of it.

“This is what the Lord Almighty says: Return to me … and I will return to you …” (Zechariah 1:3)

Ina Fay Manly