Pres­i­dent should de­fend civ­i­liza­tion

Cecil Whig - - OPINION -

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.

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