Doomsayers begone!

Published: Thursday, January 26, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at 10:21 p.m.
Doom and gloom.
Gloom and doom.
Should a patriot from the Revolutionary War era read the editorial pages of today's liberal newspapers they would probably wish the British had won.
We can't win the war, outsourcing is taking our jobs, Medicare is a disaster, the rich get richer while the poor get poorer, education is regressive, senior benefits are dissipating, housing is out of reach. America is falling apart.
Well, these naysayers are dead wrong. Our country is not falling apart. It leads the world in too many positive ways to list.
We ushered in a new era when our scientists unearthed atomic energy. We are the most powerful nation in the world. We put men on the moon. Our military power is second to none. Our technology leads the way.
America is the most giving nation in existence. We helped to rebuild Europe after World War II, sent millions in aid to Latin American countries, provided massive aid to Greece and Turkey, sent U.S. troops to help restore peace in Korea, provided medical supplies and doctors to countries ravaged by natural disasters, established a Peace Corps to help developing nations, gave loans to our former enemy, Russia. In spite of insurgency, we are trying to help Iraq rebuild.
These are only the tip of the iceberg, however.
Talk to a veteran recently returned from Iraq and you will find a strong morale, a sense of accomplishment, and from some, a desire to return. Does this sound like defeatism?
Veterans of other foreign wars reflect a record of service then and now. They continue to promote patriotism, citizenship and community service. One example being the highly successful Toys for Tots program that provides Christmas cheer to millions of needy children nationwide.
Does this not evoke some sense of pride in our way of life and our numerous attempts to establish a better and safer world? I hope it does, for then we can all claim we are Americans and be proud of it.
The true American spirit lives on. Our torch of freedom continues to burn in spite of those who feel they must attempt to put it out with impure water.
Bob Gasche is a World War II-era veteran who lives in Gainesville.

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