Thursday, October 19, 2017

How to Fix America

How to Fix America

The media, overpaid Hollywood and sports personalities, along with political operatives have dominated the discussion and dialogue concerning patriotism for far too long.  I cannot identify with NFL players who are having a difficult time determining what it means to stand tall, hand over heart facing the flag during the national anthem. Or maybe I can since most of them that have made it to that level are there because they have been pampered and revered simply for playing a game.

Personally, I can attest to the fact that the flag and the national anthem do mean something to those of us who have served this country.  I come from a military family who served this country from unpopular wars in Vietnam (dad—Bronze Star) to Iraq (Marine son) and the Cold War (me and my two brothers).  None of us was drafted and we all knew what we signed up for. We also realized that we could have been called upon to give the ultimate sacrifice but thankfully we and our families were spared.  Millions of others who have served this country were not spared the heartache and pain from loss of life and loss of limb. It is time to hold people accountable for their careless words and actions:

1. NFL players need to stand up for our military who many times sacrifice beyond what any of them could ever comprehend.  This is not to say that this country is perfect and that there are not many forms of bigotry and racism, certainly there are. Yet, the Richard Bertrand Spencer’s of the world make up an infinitesimally small minority of “white” people.  Only a racist would lump people outside that group with that group.  This country reveres people like Martin Luther King, but thinks a southerner should be shunned if he thinks Robert E. Lee was a great man. BTW—Spencer was named after the atheist Bertrand Russell.  

2. Political personalities like a Congressman Frederica Wilson need to apologize for how they’ve disgraced an honored institution like the Marine Corps.  She was not elected to participate in our constitutional form of governmental to score political points at the expense of every military person who has served and especially those who have given their lives serving this country.  She did what politicians do today by spinning the narrative to score points with those who want to use any means including desecrating sacred honored traditions.  This is reprehensible behavior and cannot be ignored!

3. Hollywood personalities and the media allow people like Harvey Weinstein to perpetrate his abuse of women for decades.  He gave millions in hush money to mainstream political figures, yet the pampered Hollywood personalities don’t have the intestinal fortitude to do what is right.  Hollywood stars placed their personal fame and financial gain on the perverted altar of Harvey Weinstein.  These same Hollywood superstars with armed security guards and homes surrounded by walls produce all of the violent programming while being the most vocal outspoken critics of second amendment rights. It was not so sickening, it would be laughable.

4. The news media plastered Steven Paddock’s face on television screens across America for weeks and then pontificate why we continue to have these types of acts perpetrated upon the citizenry of America.  They all claim it’s the guns! I daresay that every nut job with a screw loose that wants to find a way to commit suicide in a blaze of glory has seen how to become a famous by surpassing Paddock’s reprehensible crime in Las Vegas.

Do you want to know how to fix America?  End the divisive rhetoric, demand an immigration policy that requires assimilation into our country, and find ways to identify and fix our broken system.  Furthermore quit expecting the government to be the solution when our Republic was never founded with that type of philosophy. Look at Houston for an example of how Americans can band together when times of crisis arise and then watch the constant coverage of Puerto Rico to see what happens when the media wants to spin a terrible situation to further divide this country.  

John Adams said, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." This wise philosophy did not originate with John Adams but with the Bible as the book of Proverbs pronounces: “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people” (Proverbs 14:34).  The problems in this country have only worsened since we threw God and the Bible out of the public school system.  Unfortunately, things will only continue to disintegrate as the religion of godlessness and a God-free society are perpetrated upon America.

Doug Stauffer (
October 19, 2017

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