Letter to the editor: America’s self-destruction
I must confess that I’m gullible — I refuse to believe truths if I don’t agree with you, but I will soak up lies and deceptions like a sponge if they support my beliefs.
I must confess that I’m selfish — although I’m overweight, I don’t want hungry women and children to come into my country and eat my food.
I must confess that I’m a coward — if a 200-foot wall were built around our country, I would still be afraid of being shot by the criminals already here who murder our children in classrooms and our elders in churches.
I’m ashamed of my fellow countrymen who willingly accept being lied to and deceived. America was built on trust, understanding, hard work and other values we are turning our backs on . How much longer will America be able to stand proudly if we allow our backbone to be replaced with lies and deception?
In Vietnam, I saw a dead enemy soldier wearing only shorts and a Band-Aid on his knee to cover a wound he got while crawling through razor wire to attack us. A small Band-Aid symbolized such a destructive war. Now I wonder just how big of a Band-Aid is it going to take to cover the current destruction of our country.
I’m almost 73 and won’t have to worry about our self-destruction much longer, but I do worry about the children and grandchildren who will never know the pride I have felt for our country.
Confessions are good for our soul and our country.
Terry E. Swindell