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Sun, Oct. 13

Letter to the editor: State of the country


To my knowledge, The United States of America has been invaded by foreign armies three times: During the War of 1812 by the English, during World War II by the Japanese (the Aleutian Islands), and once, in March of 1916 by Pancho Villa, when he attacked Columbus, New Mexico.

For the last few days as I write this, the American news media have been fixated on the Confederate flag, and American politicians have been tripping over themselves to find some reminder of the Confederate States of America to scorn. Mitch McConnell has even allowed that maybe we should remove the statue of old Jeff Davis from the grounds of the Capitol.

And all because some threadbare, bargain basement creep posed for a picture with the Stars and Bars.

My, my. I guess we have forgotten the eloquence of Abraham Lincoln who, in his second inaugural Address on March 4, 1865, said "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds."

His words were in direct reference to the Civil War, which had just ended.

In our country, we don't have any statues to England's King George the Third, nor yet any memorials to Tojo or Hirohito.

But in the middle of downtown Tucson, Arizona, there is a larger-than-life bronze of Pancho Villa, heroically mounted on his horse.

How can this be?

How can a threadbare, bargain basement tyrant such as Mitch McConnell be in favor of removing Davis' statue from the Capital, and be silent on the abomination of an enemy of the United States being honored on our sacred soil?

Some folks would have you believe this nation is on some kind of "slippery slope."

Nah. We're in free-fall.

Alan Whitney


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