Ronald Reagan may not have been the most brilliant president we’ve ever had, but his heart was in the right place and, there was no doubt, that he was an American.
Here’s a few quotes from our 40th President: “Government’s first duty is to protect the people, not run their lives.” That, to me, sounds like the opposite of what the current occupant of the Oval Office is all about.
Another quote goes like this …”We must reject the idea that every time a law’s broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions.” How can society be responsible for mentally disturbed people, or for people that are indoctrinated to hate America and do us harm? A gun in the hands of a sane person, one who has no hate in his/her heart, will probably do no harm. The recent shooting in San Bernardino is an excellent example of this. California has very strict gun laws, but the killers had plenty of weapons, so the laws didn’t bother them at all. They had been inculcated to violence against America, so it wasn’t OUR society that did them wrong, it was the training they received somewhere else.
Thomas Jefferson, a brilliant visionary, also had a few pertinent things to say, and remember, he was a century (at least) ahead of our present troubles. He said, “For a people who are free, and who mean to remain so, a well-organized and armed militia is their best security.” His words were meant to get back to England and a despotic King, but they are just as noteworthy today. Something else he said was, “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.” You have to ask yourself, how did he know that we would aid and abet our own destruction by importing barbarians that have killing Americans uppermost in their minds? The consolidation of power in the executive branch of our government has been allowed to take place because the Congress has not done their job, which is to rein in the lawless occupant of the White House. Why they seem to rubber-stamp his every wish is beyond me.
One of my personal heroes is JFK and not just because he was in the Navy. He had a few memorable things to say, also. One is: “The cost of freedom is always high, but Americans have always paid it. And one path we shall never choose, and that is the path of surrender, or submission.” As mentioned above, Congress seems to have gotten the idea that you need to go along to get along, and that’s not what America is about. We are a nation founded on certain principles that were, at the time, contrary to the popular belief … and we turned out to be the greatest nation on earth … ever!
Something else that JFK said was, “The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty, and all forms of human life.” If you think about it, almost any nation, the US included, that would drop a nuclear weapon could very well set off a chain-reaction of other nations dropping their own bombs and THAT, according to NewScientist.com could usher in a nuclear winter. A regional exchange of relatively small nuclear weapons could plunge the world into a decade-long “nuclear winter”, destroying agriculture and killing millions, according to a new study.
Weapons experts consider that small-scale nuclear exchanges are now more likely than the massive US-Soviet exchanges feared during the Cold War. In the 1980s, scientists calculated that such exchanges would put enough smoke into the atmosphere to shade the Earth from the Sun, causing a nuclear winter. Now scientists have re-calculated the likelihood of nuclear winter using modern, vastly improved climate models and a more likely modern scenario for small-scale nuclear war.
In short, we could be looking at an event that would bring about the end of mankind. Period.
There are many people, of differing beliefs, that populate the earth and if we start with that as a given fact the rest of this becomes logical. To date we have not learned to live on other planets, so we must learn to live, together, on this one. Any one group that threatens the existence of all, must be dealt with, and in a manner that would preclude them doing anything to jeopardize the rest of us. If mankind is to continue, and continue to move forward, action would seem to be the watchword here.
One last quote, and this from Lawrence Eagleburger, “One nuclear war is going to be the last nuclear – the last war, frankly, if it really gets out of hand. And I just don’t think we ought to be prepared to accept that sort of thing.” Mr. Eagleburger was a diplomat during the George H.W. Bush administration. Can there be any doubt that, unless we are careful, we may be rushing headlong to our own destruction?