Written by Fernando Milanés

18 de julio de 2023

Here is an email that was read on the air last night.

“This message came to us from Bill in Kentucky; putting things in perspective: March 21st, 2010, to October 1, 2013, is 3 years, 6 months, 10 days.  December 7, 1941, to May 8, 1945, is 3 years, 5 months, 1 day.  What this means is that in the time we were attacked at Pearl Harbor to the day Germany surrendered is not enough time for this progressive federal government to build a working webpage.  Mobilization of millions, building tens of thousands of tanks, planes, jeeps, subs, cruisers, destroyers, torpedoes, millions upon millions of guns, bombs, ammo, etc. Turning the tide in North Africa, Invading Italy, D-Day, Battle of the Bulge, and Race to Berlin – all while we were also fighting the Japanese in the Pacific! And in that amount of time – this administration can’t build a working webpage.»

Why, may we ask is the reason for that change in governance?

In 1941, our country was being led by Franklin D Roosevelt, a proven leader with extensive executive experience acquired in prior posts as Assistant Secretary of the Navy and twice elected as Governor of New York State.  Today, we have a President with a mainly unknown background and no past leadership roles and/ or familiarity with managing.    

Still, poor leadership and lack of understanding is not the whole picture. As a bacterium needs a willing or debilitated host to become lethal, a government needs an ignorant or weakened population to be elected and rule. In FDR’s time we had a populace that believed in hard work, sacrifice, personal responsibility, family values, and depended on faith towards a God to endure the hard times.    

The only right that was desired was the one for opportunity to achieve what was preferred and liberty to realize it.    Immigrants came from the rest of the world looking for a chance to reach the “American dream”; a radical difference from today’s when what they request is the dream itself.    

In the 1940’s education started in the family, FDR was home schooled, Sunday were for church and family union, Judeo-Christian values were praised not reviled.    

America was thought to be an example of greatness, not an inhumane imperialist power.    

Marriage was a union made by sentiments of love and children welcomed not avoided.   

 Babies were a part of a creator’s design to guarantee humans by the physical union of a man and a woman, not an object to be bought for pleasure at a lab.    

Children were taught by “tough love” that the best route to internal happiness was only attained with the satisfaction of having lived their lives assuming total responsibilities for them.    

Giving was better than receiving, spiritual rewards were preferred over material ones, nature, not machines and/or objects, were the main source for relaxation.   

 At present, children’s learning is mostly deferred to schools that pursue their own agenda, and instant gratification is desirable with parents willing to provide it.    

We now learn since our early days to receive satisfaction over taking responsibility, to favor impersonal communication through electronic gadgets rather than eye to eye contact, and that we are born with a right to education, health, housing, work, and personal pleasures.    

For these rewards we become willing to sacrifice our liberty and renounce being masters of our destiny.  

Slowly but surely, a self-chosen elite have being infiltrating for many decades the pillars of our society and through schools, universities, politicians, the press, and even religious leaders have eroded the family, faith, our self-concept, making us weakened, ignorant, and an easy prey for their aspirations.    

In the times of WWII, things were not perfect. We had ways to go to give equal rights to some, because of their sex, orientation and/or race.    

These “faults” were used as an excuse to take control of our society. Social justice, political correctness, stopping discrimination, were code words for “you are too weak to be responsible for your well-being, let us do it for you”.    

What could have been achieved by fostering our existing values which were the basis for the success of our country was ignored and instead our shortcomings used to destroy our way of life.   

 The baby was thrown with the bath water.  Let us hope that there are enough of us that understand our predicament and fight back. Unfortunately, it might already be too late.

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