EDITOR’S NOTE: Dodie Smith, who hails from
What Has Happened To My Country?
By Dodie Smith
What has happened to my country? I ask this question over and over again and the answer gets harder and harder.
I remember a country that once was free. There was truly a sense of community. Neighbors knew each other, helped one another when the need was there and every neighbor knew each child for blocks around and a neighborhood was literally an extended family. A country where fathers retired and there were jobs for graduating sons and daughters to step into--if they wished.
Today our government is giving away our lumber and exporting our mineral wealth for pennies on the dollar to foreign countries. Our steel, our processing plants, our clothing manufacturing, our leather products, even our cattle and hog business, all are now dominated by foreign countries.
Many wonder why our educated young people are walking the streets and causing trouble. The answer is in front of them; we sold out to foreign wants and left our children without a place to enter the work force. In the past, mothers worked, but always had time to cook for their families and helped their children with homework. Parents once set curfews for children.
Today, parents on the whole are more interested in material things, their position in the community, their own lives, trying to live up to the neighbors--like Smith and Jones. Though I have to give credit to those who recognize their place as parents and try to do the best they can, the peer pressure plays a role in parenting which often hinders their judgment in the guidance of their children.
In 1962, we took God and prayer out of our public schools which has led to a lack of moral clarity and the evolution of humanism that has played a harmful role in the development of the character of young people. In 1962, atheist Madelyn Murray O’Hare was successful in removing prayer from public schools and
*In 1963, our President, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. *In 1964, we entered into the Viet Nam War which resulted in the deaths of over 58,000 Americans. *Beginning in the mid1960’s, drugs hit
Some say the sexual revolution (sex, drugs and rock & roll) has enlightened the minds of Americans, but the above clearly seems to indicate the
In the past, families went to church together--whole families…grandparents, parents and children. They sat together and enjoyed the wisdom-filled loving words of God. Parents taught their children to be respectful.
But in the last fifty years, America changed from a melting pot of different cultures who came together to represent a unified country to a culture where we now separate ourselves along racial, ethnic and religious lines. The influx of illegal immigrants who flaunt our laws and depress our economy has led to a country lacking unity and purpose.
Even legal immigration has not given those who enter our country time and encouragement to assimilate into our culture. American citizens have to “Press 1 for English”.
What has happened to the nation that fought two wars to set the world free from tyranny and oppression? A country that had one language, one law, the Constitution, a flag that was respected and an anthem that was loved by all. What happened to a once sovereign nation? What happened to a government that is supposed to protect us, not control our lives? What happened to honest leaders?
We are now electing politicians, instead of statesmen. An elite selfish few push for a one-world government in a quest for power and wealth without limits.
Our government once encouraged its citizens to respect and praise God. But now many in our country condemn God and reject His Word, allowing Him to be shoved into a closet.
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