Los­ing our brav­ery?

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Kip At Lee, Hunt­ing­town

Per­haps it’s time to make a change: from “land of the free and home of the brave” to “land of the free and home of the fear­ful.”

Like many, I served our coun­try in the mil­i­tary for decades, and I was al­ways proud to do so. Even when our al­lies dis­agreed with our po­si­tions, they re­spected our spirit, and our com­mit­ment to stand­ing up for those who couldn’t stand up for them­selves. In com­bat, you did what was right de­spite fear, not be­cause you were un­afraid. When we were at­tacked on 9/11, many coun­tries less pow­er­ful, and with much greater rea­son to fear ter­ror­ism, stood up with us.

Now, though, it seems we want to change Amer­ica’s char­ac­ter from be­ing brave for our­selves, and oth­ers, to re­spond­ing to dan­ger with cow­ardice. When you see some­one on the road who’s in­jured, you don’t pass them by be­cause there may be some risk to you in stop­ping to help — you do what’s right de­spite some con­cern for your own safety. As a na­tion, when you see women, chil­dren and their fam­i­lies starv­ing in the cold be­cause they’ve been bombed out of their homes by evil men, you don’t turn your back on them be­cause tak­ing them in might slightly in­crease our risk.

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