Rushville Republican

Columns

January 7, 2014

I miss the country of my youth

(Continued)

Our men and women went to war all over the world. The ladies at home fast showed that they could and would replace those men needed to be soldiers. Conservatives, Liberals and all other political feelings were all together all ready to fight and win this war. We had family scattered all over the world, family members doing things we never felt anyone in our family would ever be able to do. We learned we could do some things we never thought we could or even should do. We saw carnage beyond what we ever felt could ever come about.

We certainly did not want war but we got it and did our best to win it. We were the arsenal of the free world and at the end of the war we were the economy that was still intact, one of a few still able to help others. And when we won that war we did something that had never been done before. We helped not only our allies, but also our enemies to regain their footing and become members of the world community - something we were sadly lacking at the end of WWI. We gave our soldiers, sailors and airmen the opportunity of college something not everyone could do before. We gave loans for homes to our veterans we seemed to do a lot of right things. And yes we also made mistakes, and again learned from them.

Our country was together more so than ever before. We were cocky and sure we had the answer to about every problem that came along. We helped much more than we hurt and for that I was and still am glad. Our country was the guiding light of the world for a long time thereafter. Our elected officials listened to those of us who elected them. We as the electorate actually looked into things and voiced our opinions. We made up our own minds we had no need of a talking head telling us what we had just heard; we were smart enough to know what we heard and what we thought of it. We were not led by the nose by the media, we led the media by our actions and opinions, which we were not afraid to voice.

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