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We shouldn’t forget Reagan’s message

It is hard to remember a time when America has been denigrated so much by its own citizens and so-called leaders.

This is a country that has always been a shining star on the hill, a beacon of freedom for all to see. She has always fought the forces of evil including in two world wars. We stood against Soviet and communist aggression throughout the Cold War and, even now, is fighting terrorism throughout the world so that it doesn’t manifest itself here at home.

America has survived a Great Depression, national disasters, Pearl Harbor and the attacks on Sept. 11. America ushered in the Industrial Revolution and walked on the moon. It is still a country that doesn’t need a wall to keep people from leaving.

In his 1964 speech, “A Time for Choosing,” Ronald Reagan said, “We are at war with the most dangerous enemy that has faced mankind in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. It has been said that if we lose this war and, in so doing, lose this great way of freedom. History will record with the greatest astonishment that those with most to lose did the least to prevent it from happening.”

We need to remember that we are a nation with a government, not the other way around. Our Founding Fathers conceived this nation to guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The citizenry of our nation commissioned a government to safeguard that ideal. In other words they work for us, not us for them.

We must revive the notion that we need to be worthy of being Americans and, as Reagan intoned, “Preserve for our children the last best hope for man, our earth, or we will sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.”

Mel Kepner

Altoona

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