“Common ground” or caving in?

The Wilmington StarNews Editorial Board presents us with another of their utopian delusions that they title “Dare we strive for common ground?” (Link below) Commenting on the horror of the Islamist attack on America in September 2001, they note that for a short time this jihad on our shores “pulled the nation together.” True. But that was an unprecedented, unimaginable, massively deadly assault—a shock to virtually every citizen, except those who said we deserved it. Since that time, editors write, “disunity (in America) has grown worse.”

Facing reality tells us why. The assault on our culture and history continues—from domestic as well as foreign sources.

The people who died on September 11, 2001 have nothing to do with “finding our similarities.” In fact, they died because of people who have “differences” with us.  Islamists hate us for our way of life and willingly sacrifice their own lives to kill our people in any way and at any time they can.

Furthermore, anyone aware of the accelerating internal culture and values assaults on American law, heritage and individual liberties during the past 14 years should not be surprised why some of us oppose it. Nor is it surprising that a minority of subversives and central government supporters are behind most of it. Admit it or not, many people living here and benefiting from American wealth and “compassion” hate this country.

American government was founded on principles of English law, individual liberties and limits on federal power. Those principles have been shredded through constitutional corruptions by a nationalistic, self-serving ruling class in Washington, D. C. It does not represent the original ideas shared by a majority of Americans.

Clearly, it was inevitable that we could not sustain whatever “unity” it is assumed we once had. Promoters of the myth of multiculturalism conspire to destroy American culture.  The illusion of a great national unity and attempts to form a “more perfect union” has failed. So, where are we the people?

Squabbling, devious, subversive, even violent, factions on all societal fronts—dysfunctional urban communities, invading illegal aliens, race hustlers, abortionists, leftist media, corrupt courts, anti-Christians, radical environmentalists, greedy public employees, a totalitarian political class, crony businesses, federal attacks on States—actively tear at the fabric of our heritage, threatening our Christian-based laws, restricting our freedoms and confiscating our property.

Can we find “similarities” with people who want unknown and unlimited invading Third World foreigners to infiltrate our country and dilute our culture? Or, who want total government control of our health care system? Or, who demand we change the traditional purpose of marriage? Or, want to disarm our citizens? Or, want us to accept and pay for abortion-on-demand? Or, who tolerate violent, urban lawlessness? Or, those who want to purge the American landscape of symbols of our founding heroes and important historic events?

Why would anyone oppose those who hate the very foundation of this country and scheme to “fundamentally change” it?

Well, I, for one, oppose them, not because I “delight in trying to tear down the opposition”— as editors simple mindedly describe the conflicts—but because I want to defeat the people who try to tear down the ideas and values established by early revolutionary Americans in which I believe.

Editors write that it is “foolish and shortsighted thinking” to oppose someone with whom we disagree. Yet, only shortsighted, ignorant, cowardly fools stand aside and watch their culture, values and freedoms being destroyed by socialists, Marxists, anarchists and totalitarians; foreign and domestic.

Editors ask, “Do we dare strive for common ground? A more appropriate question for these times is: “Dare we stand for America as conceived and strive to defeat those who oppose it?

Some of us will, but it will be a struggle. And, sadly, we won’t be able to count on the StarNews Editorial Board to stand with us.



About R. E. Smith Jr.

Mr. Smith writes essays and commentary on politics, American history, environment, higher education and culture. He's been published in print media and at blog sites for about 25 years. Smith's formal education includes B.S. and M.S. degrees from the State University of New York and Syracuse University. He has earned a 21-credit hour Certificate in Professional Writing from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Training/work experience: NYS Ranger School; U. S. Army, Corp of Engineers; soil scientist and forester with USDA; Assoc. Professor at SUNY; real estate agent; small business owner.
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