Losing our bravery?
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.