I AM AN AMERICAN

thumbnail navy 1I’m a tenth generation American. A baby boomer born in the mid 1950’s, I grew up in New Jersey. I was raised in the Christian faith, with morals, ethical values and integrity. My parents both worked hard and I learned the value of a dollar early on, felt secure in their care and under the liberty and safety of the United States of America. As an adult, I joined the U. S. Navy where I excelled, worked, traveled, purchased my first home and eventually opted to retire back to New Jersey after about 11 years of active duty. My husband, a retired Navy Chief and I wanted children and at the time, we were secure in the direction our country was heading. Ronald Reagan’s presidency had given us hope and prosperity was on the rise. Now, I’m terrified that the end is near and in most ways is alreadyhere. The American Dream is all but gone now. Our Founding Fathers have been reduced to caricatures in silly advertising schemes & terrorists according to the Obama administration. Our freedom of religion, faiths & moral values are under siege and our freedom of speech is so scrutinized for political correctness that the first amendment of our Constitution, for the average American, seems to be nothing more than something that the news media use as a defense mechanism in court. Elections have consequences which can last a generation or more. I hope this next Presidential election produces results that will stop & reverse the terrifying socialist direction our country currently seems to be heading for.

You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift. You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong. You cannot help the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer. You cannot further the brotherhood of man by encouraging class hatred. You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn. You cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence. You cannot help men permanently by doing what they could and should do for themselves.

– Rev. William Boetcker

Frequently mistakenly attributed to Abraham Lincoln

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