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ECONOMY: True patriots are willing to sacrifice

Letter by Richard M. Radford, Steilacoom on May 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | 77 Comments »
May 8, 2012 9:36 am

The people of France and Greece had a choice: the survival of their nations or the satisfaction of their own narrow interests.

Now, the continued existence of those countries is not as important in the larger scheme of things as that of the United States, but we are faced with the same decisions as those Europeans. America and the world cannot survive the repercussions of making the same mistake they did.

They are in for a “hard landing” that probably will result in dire social consequences – all the result of their own shortsightedness. We still have a chance to mitigate the effects of decades of defying mathematics and the actuarial tables, but we don’t have much time to get serious about it.

The founders of the United States knew they were risking their lives, fortunes and sacred honor by defying Great Britain, but they did it to establish America.

Those who fought and died on the beaches of Normandy, on islands in the Pacific Ocean and wherever else they upheld freedom knew they may not come back from the fight.

Many Americans have made such sacrifices for their country over the years; we call them heroes and, most of all, patriots.

What do you call people who hit the streets to protest, not the elimination of their “entitlements,” but changes to save both the programs and the nation itself?

It ain’t “patriots.”

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