President should defend civilization
FROM: VINCE PANTALONE NORTH EAST
Many Americans feel something is missing in the spirit of today’s America. We have a diminished national sense of duty, mission and purpose. Perhaps this is because we no longer fulfill our heritage of defending and protecting the civilized world. That heritage extends back centuries to ancient Europe, when Roman legionnaires guarded the gates of Rome. They were protecting the Western Civilization of that time against barbarian attacks, and were defending against hordes from the East.
World leadership, which passed to America at the end of World War II, has been suspended by our current commander in chief. Our present international policies do not contribute toward maintaining world order. Instead, we live in a world of disorder. A world in which members of religious groups, including some Christians, have been beheaded. Many are victims of genocide by fanatical Islamic terrorists. Middle East refugees threaten to overrun Europe. Our own borders are insecure. In the face of all of this, our commander in chief continues to do little.
Over our national history, many have been called upon to do military service. Career military, citizen soldier draftees, nationalized Guard units and activated reservists have all served. When called upon, we did our duty. We took seriously our oath to defend our nation’s Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” Why does this commander in chief consider himself exempt from protecting our national interests? Why does he avoid declaring as enemies those who have attacked us? Could it be because his oath differs from the oath taken by members of the military whom he commands? His oath does not mention “enemies.” In his international policy statements, he sounds more like our apologist in chief than a commander in chief. He seem more like an ideologue than a commander.
Our current leader and protector prefers to be seen as a fun-loving “citizen of the world.” He loves golfing in Hawaii. We have also seen him doing the wave at a baseball game in Cuba and tangoing in Argentina. He does not conduct himself in a manner expected of a commander. History will decide what legacy his performance will leave to a troubled, competitive world.
Hopefully our next commander in chief will resume American leadership in guarding and protecting the civilized world.