Letter: American culture has cancer
Aug 04, 2011 | 306 views |  0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Dear Editor;

We all share a responsibility for the cancer that is eating away at the American way of life. Choices are being made to live a life of excellence with integrity or a life of pestilence.

John Kennedy said, “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”

I say, ask not what your family can do for you, ask not what your community can do for you, but ask what you can do for them.

A great segment of our population has become lazy and chooses to spend more time looking to find ways of getting out of work than finding work. Much of this population chooses to find easy ways to make money, most are illegal. These choices most often destroy other people’s lives.

A great segment of our population believes the government owes them a living because of some wrong doing of many generations past. They want to blame all of their troubles on anyone else but themselves.

There is a culture or a code in these neighborhoods: “Stop Snitching,” but I say that a snitch in time saves lives. If you are not willing to improve your neighborhood then you should not expect me to do so. Doing the right thing is to have courage and integrity; these are the qualities that change lives.

There are no excuses. We all are where we are by our own choices. Those who chose to live a life guided by Excellence and Integrity become great and do great things.

Those who choose a live of pestilence live that very life. There are two kinds of people in this world that go by many names; givers and takers, winners or losers. To be a giver is to be a winner to be a taker is to be a loser.

Excellence starts at home and integrity should be learned from our home. We cannot leave our children’s education totally on our government funded schools. Education should start at home. We cannot blame the teachers if we are doing nothing at home.

Christianity should start at home. We are a product of the environment in which we are born, but even more importantly impacted by the environment in which we choose to put ourselves in. If you hang out in the pigpen then you may become a pig, or at least be thought as one, any way you will get dirty. Choose to avoid the pigpen.

If we want to build our nation back to the great nation that it always could be it will take all of us choosing excellence and integrity, a well informed education and learning to vote smarter.

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for the country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”

— Theodore Roosevelt

John Boshell, Odenville

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