No, I am not one who says we should not help other countries. My family has had several members who have served our country in other countries, and I salute them. But we have so many who have come over from other lands and taken advantage of our way of living free, and yet they don’t have to serve us in a military way.
We feed other countries while we allow our people to live on food stamps. My thought has always been that we share our food with others, but we should put our own people in front of the line.
Our universities are full of people from other countries who end up getting the great positions in life, while our own people stand in the unemployment line. How many times have we found those who are not even legal residents use the IRS to get money they did not even earn, yet they have names of relatives who do not live here as dependants on their tax returns? Are we looking the other way or just plain not doing our jobs?
So to those of you who asked, I give you this thought: What if we had never freed ourselves, thanks to a great group of men and women who through the years have given us all the rights and freedoms we used yesterday and today? Do we just sit back in our rocking chairs and reap all the freedoms we have without making sure their are no roaches lying in the cracks, waiting for that chance to create unrest, just like they do in their own country? Time will tell, but it sure would be nice to know now our freedoms are intact for years to come.
It will soon be that time when we voice our thoughts with ballots. Voting is only a part; we need to keep our eyes and ears open too. Don’t forget to vote on the next voting day. That is our right and also our responsibilty.
Ray “Uncle Ray” Day is a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.