Letter: Nation needs patriotism, not political polarization

Donald A. Smith


To the editor:

I believe that it is time for all of us to admit that following Ronnie Reagan’s pickup into a modern version of the Wild West and Adam Smith’s outdated model of unregulated capitalism is an abject failure. Gun violence is the worst among modern nations, the wealth gap is the largest in history, the deficit is astronomical, money rules every facet of state and national politics, government is disrespected and states are in rebellion, our youth are poorly educated, our towns and cities are broke, infrastructure is crumbling, etc., etc., etc.

In reviving a gasping company or association the first order of business is to agree on a purpose for its existence. As Americans we have that purpose but most forget what it is. While many quote the Declaration of Independence or bluster with their interpretation of the Bill of Rights, few recognize or can recite the basic purpose of this nation as set forth in the preamble to the Constitution. It is a solid and timeless purpose and one which has been defended against states rights zealots as well as marauding foreigners. The “Union Forever” should be the rallying cry for all Americans for all time, not just during the Civil War.

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