Caring citizens are critical to our prosperity

By Gary Herby


Dear Editor:

What are the greatest problems facing America? The reply so often heard is, "I don't know" and, "I don't care." That tells me ignorance and apathy are the greatest hurdles facing us today. King David of the Bible said in Psalm 11:3, "If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?" He knew then that without caring citizens, the nation would fail. And George Washington, upon entering office, said, "The propitious (joyful) smiles of heaven can never be expected on a nation that disregards the eternal rules of order and right which heaven itself has ordained." Then upon his departure, "Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports."

Today, people are already saying they don't want a president that thanks GOD for the good that happens to us. If not God, who else to thank? Ignorance and apathy lead to lack of dignity. We must believe in the dignity of human beings and the value of life. Also our devotion has eroded. Devotion to God, home and country can go a long way. Today, God is all but forgotten.

The colleges Harvard, Columbia and Brown, founded in the 1700s, were founded by religious groups. Today, prayer is gone, the 10 Commandments are gone, as is any trace of faith. Professors are teaching subversion instead. Our duty is gone as well as decency. We do not relish serving our nation. When "Gone With The Wind" came out in 1939 and the phrase, "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" was uttered, it caused quite a stir. Today,"damn" is nothing. So, instead of saying I don't know, let's look at the cause of the problem. Instead of "I don't care," pray. We should not give in, give out and don't stop. We should all say, "I know" and declare, "I care." It's never too late to care about YOUR country. God bless America.

Gary Herby
Delta