Lack of faith, fam­ily hurts us

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - BERNARD BUDNEY Te­mec­ula, Cal­i­for­nia

This is no longer the coun­try I grew up in. Our faith, fam­ily, econ­omy, mil­i­tary, unity and na­tional safety have all been di­min­ished. Our pres­tige is ques­tioned in­ter­na­tion­ally.

We now have two pre­sump­tive 2016 pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates run­ning against each other at a time when world events seem the worst in decades. Has any­one no­ticed that when faith was of greater im­por­tance, many more fam­i­lies flour­ished and in gen­eral we did bet­ter as a coun­try? Of course, noth­ing is per­fect nor will it ever be, but com­mu­ni­ties such as Bal­ti­more fal­ter not so much be­cause of racism, but be­cause of fam­ily dis­in­te­gra­tion, which ig­nites even greater prob­lems where it crops up.

Per­haps we can com­pare the two lead­ing pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates with for­mer First Lady Jackie Kennedy when she said: “If you bun­gle rais­ing your chil­dren, I don’t think what­ever else you do mat­ters very much,” and for­mer Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan, when he said, “We are never de­feated un­less we give up on God.”

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