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America Must Stay Strong

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Why must America always be strong? Modern thinking indulges the idea that weakness at home and abroad comes with no costs, just the satisfaction of less spending on security, fewer allies to support, as we hope on peace. Nothing could be more dangerous or unnerving to American allies. Nothing is further from our history.

Historically – and today – a strong, morally upright, determined America gives the free world hope. China can bribe, lie, extort, distort, threaten, coerce, and condemn – like all communist countries – to secure favors. Theocracies like Iran can terrorize, autocracies can suppress opposition and show no contrition.

Only one country has – by fidelity to the miracles of representative government, a Bill of Rights, and capitalism – changed the world. To the world, America has brought innovation and daring, from science, engineering, and medicine to communication, transportation, and security.

Perhaps most nobly, when the world has shivered, America has risked all, given her sons and daughters to end wars and secure peace, replacing fear with hope.

Last century, we ended two world wars, rebuilt a devastated Europe, and former adversaries Germany, Japan, and Italy. We brought the cruelty of the Soviet Union to an end, freeing hundreds of millions without nuclear war.

We pioneered the United Nations, worked with allies to instill respect for God-given individual rights, sovereignty, self-determination, respect for humanity and law, Africa to Afghanistan, Balkans to Baltics, Thailand and Taiwan to South and Central America.

Which brings us to – now. All of this is possible – because America has stayed strong, unswerving in service to ideals, imperfect but aspiring, at home and abroad. Those who would destroy humanity, who would subjugate, intimidate, and annihilate, pause – because of the awesome power and purpose, historic certitude and courage that lives in one place, America.

This is why our strength – moral and physical – matters. The world is not a peaceful place. The world is filled with threats and coercion, communist, fascist, anarchist, theocratic, dictatorial, and invariably corrupt, abusive, and lawless leaders, parties, and political persuasions. America is the counterweight. We always have been.

A story comes to mind – which says it all. Eighty years ago this year, Great Britain was reeling from the “Blitz” Battle of Britain, non-stop Nazi bombing of the last free country in Europe.

From September 1940 to May 1941, Hitler’s Luftwaffe aimed to destroy Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF), kill enough civilians to break Britain’s will, then launch a cross-channel invasion to defeat the last outpost of freedom – and control Europe.

Blocking Hitler’s way were the towering courage of the RAF, unbreakable will of the British, an unflappable, highly persuasive Prime Minister named Churchill, and a friendship – between Churchill, whose mother was American, and America.

America, then led by Theodore Roosevelt’s fifth cousin, Franklin (or FDR), was powerful. In January 1941, mid- Battle of Britain – which killed thousands – we were not yet in. That would happen after Pearl Harbor, in December 1941, when Hitler’s ally Japan bombed our homeland.

But as Britain struggled for any hope, as RAF pilots flew exhausted, as bombs ignited London, as breath itself seemed pinched by fear, a remarkable thing happened, at a small dinner party.

What happened signaled that America would not let evil prevail. We were coming – first with military hardware, then destroyers, above all moral and material support. Our time had come.

The night was late when FDR’s friend – Harry Hopkins, representing America – rose to his feet. He directed himself to Churchill and to Britain’s long-suffering people. America would not declare war for another 11 months, but America’s resolve – was to be clear, that night forward.

Quietly, this man of poise stood. He raised his glass and offered words that lived in the hearts of those who heard him for the rest of their lives. It was powerful – in countless ways. It was about America, our faith in God, ideals, and friendship, why we stay morally and physically strong – not just for ourselves, but for all those we love, and the future of free people everywhere.

Said America’s voice to the beleaguered people of Britain, quoting from the Book of Ruth, from the Bible: “Whither thou goest, I will go. And where though lodgest, I will lodge; thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Even to the end.” The toast brought the room to tears.

That room was – and British from that moment forward – were infused with confidence, knowing America would be at their side, would not leave them, until victory. It was the sort of comfort only the love and resolve of a tireless friend, a loyal friend, a faithful friend brings.

We – Americans – delivered that epic message – and stayed true to it until evil fell. We could deliver it because we were strong and principled. The world depended on us. That message changed everything, made possible today. That is why we stay strong. That is why we did then and must now. All the free world depends on a strong America. Simple, sobering, true.

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Rich
2 months ago

What an America we had! Unfortunately far too many Americans have given in to political correctness. I wonder if we actually have enough Americans that would be willing to risk it all for freedom. Certainly not from the educated “elites” and many of the young people brought up in the socialistic teachings of universities and schools. Maybe in the future, we will find out.

LauraC
2 months ago

World wide peace, because of America. Poverty ending for millions, because of America. Ending life altering disease like polio, River Blindness, malaria, deaths from HIV, because of America. Europe free, because of America. Japan rebuilt, because of America. And we’re the bad guys? Does anyone read a history book anymore? Tyranny is being inflicted on the American public and we resist or our way of life and force for good in the world is gone. A world without America? That’s a real tragedy.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  LauraC

That’s the “woke” mentality.

gin
2 months ago

Morally upright is mentioned at the beginning of this article. We’re weak now because we’re being judged by God for our behavior. He loves us, but can’t abide our disobedience to His laws. He knows we are sinners, and has offered grace through the cross of Christ to save us, but when we’re saved, our behavior should change. If we’re doing wrong in some area, lying, stealing, adultery, He will forgive, but we are supposed to change. Look up the 10 commandments and see how He wants us to behave. He has predicted these times, and we appear to be near the end.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  gin

Thank you, the morality of the nation been its decline since 1963. The Almighty has tried to get our attention several times but the country has ignored the reprieve. Until there is repentance and the laws of abomination that have been passed, repealed, chastisement will continue. There will be a world wide revival before the end comes.

gin
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

The world wide revival or at least a large number of people coming to Christ happens during the tribulation. The church is no longer mentioned in Revelation after chapter 3, meaning the current church has been raptured.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  gin

Yes, the Rapture takes place Revelation Chap. 4, verse 1 for the faithful believers. For those left behind, these people would have the knowledge of what has taken place and have to make the choice of either accepting or denying the Lord Jesus. The book of Revelation clearly states that there will be those who are persecuted and martyred for their beliefs. After 42 months, the 2 witnesses will be killed, resurrected and taken into Heaven and the heavenly door shut to the rest of the world as God will then pour out his judgement on the world. GET SAVED NOW!

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

God has gotten our attention. Now, what are we willing to do about it.

PaulE
2 months ago

RBC,

America remains strong through actions and deeds that conform to the principle by which this country was founded. That means everything we do as a nation reflects on how the world perceives us and interacts with us. The views of both our allies and our enemies alike are shaped by the culmination of those actions. Words are nice when one is sitting around a table talking about “the good old days”, but most of the world measures us by our actions and deeds every single day.

I can guarantee you that none of our NATO allies that participated in Afghanistan are thinking about FDR today. Neither are any of the Afghani people. They are thinking about the unreliable and incompetent person currently playing POTUS.

The shift in the world-wide perception of the United States, in the last 8 months, has a direct correlation to the 180 degree shift in almost every major policy and action from the prior administration. We are currently neither feared not respected. A very dangerous place for any country to be, much less the United States of America. It took a LOT OF INCOMPETENCE on the part of the Biden administration to accomplish that task in so little time. No amount of opining about the “good old days” is going to be able to sweep the disastrous performance of this administration away.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  PaulE

Yes, and those who think that we couldn’t possibly lose this great country, think again! Remember Ronald Reagan’s quote: we are never more than one generation away from losing our freedom.

Myrna S Wade
2 months ago

This is shocking. How could our military leaders agree to order the military out without the civilians leaving first??
America needs to send back as many troops as it takes to give safe passage to all who should exit.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Myrna S Wade

That is being processed at this time with sending troops back to cover the Afghanistan evacuation. Military leaders should not have allowed this situation to have happened. Don’t know what they were thinking, it is obvious the TOP BRASS were looking to cover their own behinds.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

They only follow the demands of POTUS. The buck truly DOES stop with him.

Lynn
2 months ago

Pioneering the UN? Come on. That was an unnecessary addition.

MIKE FAILLA
2 months ago

Stay focused on what we know to be right. We have survived our idiots before and can do so again. The left? They dont ever give up do they? True, we have let our guard down and now we must pay the price. How important is your liberty? Worth fighting for? I am in the process of really trying to understand marxism ,american style. I am reading mark levins book and i highly recommend reading it to truly understand the evil that is arrayed against us. They hate the country ,the constitution and us, you and me. Educate yourselves, arm yourself with the knowledge of what we are being subjected to and why. RESIST!

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  MIKE FAILLA

To truly “resist” you need the participation of the MAJORITY. I fear we no longer have that.

Gunny Joe
2 months ago

Our news media, then as now, was not, nor is not reflecting the ideals of the above article, nor are our elected (some by questionable means), or appointed leaders. We as a people have not demanded that reflection.
FDR was not a great leader, he was a progressive that kicked the can of our present condition a bit farther out of the starting blocks. Those who was and are like him have all but finished the job. We are at fault, do I have a solution, yes, but it’s too late, and I don’t think the American people has the will or desire for that cure. Now until we have fair elections, term limited representation at all levels, we will not have our Nation as we want it.
The Constitution is not that hard to read and understand, (no LAWYER needed to tell me what it’s meaning is), I try (and fail at times), to apply it’s meaning and principal to my everyday life. We all need to start there. But is it too late?

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

Good to see someone else here articulate a clear, concise vision.

Max
2 months ago
Reply to  Gunny Joe

Good statement, Gunny.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  Max

It’s time for peaceful demonstrations in the streets for change at all levels. If all of America will raise our voices united, things will change. If not, we get what we tolerate.

Jeanette
2 months ago

so true

45ROCKS
2 months ago

America, America, God shed His grace on thee!

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  45ROCKS

God HAS shed his grace and love on us. What have WE done for him?

J. Farley
2 months ago

One way we can stay strong is to protect the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, most importantly the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Amendments, and demand that any law passed in United States Congress or State Congress must apply to those that pass the law like everyone else.
We must have integrity in the election process, to insure one person one vote and that no dead people or non-citizen votes in any election.
Government should only provide for the people what they cannot provide for themselves, thing like National Defense, Roads etc. NOT HANDOUTS.
Everyone needs to exercise their right to peaceable Assembly, unless Government say’s you can’t, and then you do whatever it takes to Assemble.

Rich
2 months ago
Reply to  J. Farley

Exactly. Get rid of the Democrats!

Todd Wagner
2 months ago

And the reason we are where we are today is a lack of people believing in GOD. We have left the Government take religious beliefs from our schools, and the town square. We the people need to stand against this tyranny that posses our Government and tear it down.

J. Farley
2 months ago
Reply to  Todd Wagner

Mr. Wagner, you are so right, God has been removed from our lives not by chose, but by the Left, because they cannot compete with a higher power !!

Becky
2 months ago

It is perfectly and absolutely true that America’s decency and strength has brought real peace to more of the earth than thought possible.
We are a ‘good’ people, full of the courage of our convictions, and great brain power. If anything is possible, America has gone after it. We are unafraid of the Hitlers…..and Pelosis of the world.
So why have people continued to elect those who replaced our ‘Best in the world’ education with Communist indoctrination? Why have you allowed Communist despots to remove God from everything?
Fight hard. Or lay down and die.
That is the remaining choice.

PaulE
2 months ago
Reply to  Becky

One small correction: We used to be unafraid of the Hitlers of the world. Now we coddle them and defer to their every demand. Americans from the 1930s and 1940s would look upon Americans today as either fools, cowards or complete idiots. We have gone from a nation willing to stand up and defend ourselves from anyone seeking to do us harm to a nation that bends over backwards to accommodate every insane whim of the left.

Patty L
2 months ago

AMEN!!!

David Spade
2 months ago

America will not win the hearts and support of any country without a position of strength. Strength and honor will achieve the goals of this country and of the free world. O’Biden has failed miserably in providing the strength and honor that this world needs. He has shown that weakness is his main playing card, and there will thousands of Afghans murdered because of his failure there. He has been in government for over 50 years, and his record is abject failure….what a legacy.

Gunny Joe
2 months ago
Reply to  David Spade

The American have not now will not demand that from this individual!

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