No More Doubletalk by Victor Rios

It has been a tough year, both politically and economically. However, this is the time of year in which we all need to reflect on the fact that in spite of the past difficulties, we are still a very blessed nation. Americans are resourceful people. Our nation survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, WW I and WW II, Korea, Vietnam, as well as our involvements in Granada, Panama, Bosnia and Kosovo. We are now fighting the War on Terror and our brave men and women in uniform are making sure that we continue to enjoy the freedoms we have come to cherish and expect.

We need to be proud of the fact that we are the only nation in the world, who after winning battles and wars, have not kept any land from previous enemies except for that small piece of dirt where our troops lay after giving their lives so that those nations could also enjoy the same freedoms we enjoy.

We need to also be proud of our commitment to free expression. Yes, it is difficult to witness some of our own fellow Americans burn our flag, show disdain for our brave men and women in uniform and even resent the greatness of our nation and heritage. But the mere fact that they can do that without fear of retribution is the core of our strength as a nation.

Our Judeo-Christian heritage has also been the foundation for empathy for people from other faiths, as well as our compassion for others. Americans are the most generous people on our planet. Whenver there are disasters, famine or other human tragedies, Americans are quick to open their wallets and share what they have.

These great strengths of our heritage and culture are the foundation that will help us overcome the difficulties we are now going through. We have done it in the past and will do it again now. This is not the time to despair, but to hope. The Good Lord has put us to the test before and we have proven, with our prayers, faith and fortitude, that we can meet the challenges of those tests successfully. I am confidence that, whatever tests He is putting us through now, will motivate us to gather again in prayer so that we can show Him our fortitude as a nation and people committed to the well being of all "mankind" and to overcome the current challenges we face.

May all of you have a Very Merry and Blessed Christmas and a Very Happy New Year. May God Bless you, your family, our nation and the World.


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