Letters to the Editor

America has gone downhill

I commend the excellent May 3 article "Reunited in Prayer."

Fortunately, the warriors of that era provided the lifestyles to which future generations have become accustomed. I for one am sick and tired of political correctness, involving every phase of today's American existence. The liberties that were literally fought for have been so badly abused that we actually have so-called "Americans" in favor of burning our flag. In the article, Chaplain Robert Lash was quoted: "Remember seeing that Army tank with the star on the side?" What that star meant to him, I'm confident, our flag means to millions of others.

The crack in our national pride surfaced when so many of our "Americans" opted to shun our returning Vietnam veterans, rather than welcoming them with open arms. If we learned nothing else from that fiasco, let's hope that we at least know how to welcome and treat our current "warriors" upon their return.

That period was, in my opinion, the start of the decline by the most powerful nation our world has ever known. We continue to be the policeman of the world, trying to be all things to all people, when in fact we are rapidly becoming a laughingstock abroad.

I can only hope and pray (and yes, there is nothing wrong with praying) that it is not too late to salvage what little remains of our once proud and powerful United States of America.

God bless America.

The writer lives in Little River.