I was sitting here in my home office watching Fox News and the Kelley File special on. She had the “The Greatest Generation,” and then it dawned on me in how much our nation has drifted way of course. The focus was on retired World War 2 vets and she focused on one of President Ronald Reagan’s greatest speeches of modern day, when he spoke about the anniversary of the invasion on Normandy. It was the 40th year anniversary of the victory at Omaha Beach Normandy on June 6, 1984.
I remember when I was in the Army back in the 70’s, when military personnel were despised and were cursed, spat on, and in some cases violence and demonstrations erupted. We were called “baby killers,” “murderers” and unfortunately we could not avoid the dissidents hateful remarks towards us because we had to wear our military uniforms everywhere we went. All military personnel had to adhere to military regulation to be in uniform.
I have a tendency to compare people like one president over another. It is plain to see how much difference there is between presidents. Unfortunately our country is more divided now than ever before, because the party bases have been widened. Yet, how can we be so polarized? I believe it is because the lines have been drawn to be inclusive of being more black and white on certain matters, while there is a gap that gets filled with everyone in between the polarization which makes it polarized.
It certainly is heart breaking to see how hard it is to hold on to the core values that we once lived, to trade in progressivism as a new norm to the way we live today. Some things just have to remain as if it was the only thing real to hold onto.
Some principles and values ends up getting swept under the carpet because it does not seem to be cool or fashionable at the time. Some parents are not teaching their children about patriotism and what it means to be an American with American values. I do not want to get too political but there are issues such as same sex marriage and abortion that we have grown to accept, even though it is not God’s Plan of Happiness when it comes to teaching children morality. This is part of the down slide to taking the Pledge of Allegiance and prayer out of schools.
It is if we have some leaders and politicians have become unappreciative and disrespectful towards the military, and so we do not have enough people standing firm in regard to our liberties and the way we want to live and the way we were destined to live in freedom and choices we can make based on solid principles and values.
It hurts me as an American as well as a Veteran to see how our military personnel does not have the right to vote because the absentee ballots did not get delivered in time for an election. is being treated. Washington politicians seem to be making the decisions from the stand point of politics ,instead of knowing that most of the men and women in the military are volunteers, meaning they were not coerced by the drafting process like we were in the 60’s and 70’s.
We can only hope that the pendulum will swing back towards conservatism when we discover what made us go off track as a nation. I can tell you that morality is one of the biggest factors. Let us hope that the far left (liberals) agenda will be defeated as well as their desire to tear at the fabric that holds us together. We need to instill principles and values in the hearts of every American just as our Forefathers intended us to live by these precepts.
Many of us have presidents we like and admire, and it just so happens to be that I, among many other Americans, have the greatest esteem for President Ronald Reagan. We do because of what he stood for as well as the vision he had for America. He was a uniter and not a divider. He knew how to handle the media and that is more than what I can say about some presidents since President Reagan left office.
I believe the media has contributed to the declination of our nation, and let us not forget about our complacency by allowing special activists and special interest groups that we allowed them to make o make as much ground as they have over the last twenty years.
I believe we are losing our “exceptionalism”, the “exceptionalism” that made America great in the first place, the exceptionalism that built our nation with good ol’ hard work and camaraderie among neighbors. We paid a heavy price and lost hundreds of thousands of soldiers in battle to be where we are today. The problem is, is that there are some people who do not represent America and our values very well and they come off arrogant and demanding. This also includes our foreign policy that needs to be geared more on humanity than politics.
Americans (native and immigrants) are exceptional because we give more to charity than any other country in the world. We help people who suffer tyranny because we too were once under England’s brutal hand of tyranny. Today we are good friends with England, now that is “exceptionalism” as much as our relationship with Japan since World War 2.
I thought it would be nice to post President Reagan’s Normandy speech as well as the State of the Union Addresses of the presidents since President Reagan left office.
Post Written by:
Terrance W. Norton,
Humanitarian Mentor/ Orator/ Writer
Click on the link for President Reagan’s speech text
President Reagan 40th Anniversary in Normandy
For Your Pleasure I have added a couple of speeches President Reagan gave:
President Reagan: A Time For Choosing.
President Reagan: Evil Empire Speech to Evangelicals
President Reagan: State of the Union Address
I thought it would be nice for you to see the contrast of the different presidential speeches on the State of the Union. We will go forth from the State of the Union Address from President Reagan and move forward to the last presidential speech on the State of the Union from President Obama.
President Clinton: 1994 State of the Union Address
President Obama: 2011 State of the Union Address