Dear Editor,
I am in my 69th year. Some of my little-minded  friends, Democrats, and their President rejoice and say  America is no more.  I and many of my friends served in the Army during the Vietnam War. My father,  my uncles,  and father-in-law fought for America in World War II. My grandfather fought for America in World  War I. My ancestor grandfather fought for America with General Washington in the Revolutionary War.  Is this America no more? My childrens’ ancestor grandfather was the first Texan wounded in the Texas War For Independence in 1835; and two of their other grandfathers fought in the Civil War.  Is what they fought for dead? I have heard from some, “If you see it in the eyes of your fellow Americans, hear it in their words,  witness it in the reverence they have for Old Glory, and if they believe it in their hearts, then it’s so.” Please tell me the truth, is there an America any more?

Very truly yours,
Guy McClung, San Antonio, Texas


Dear Guy,
Your little-minded  friends, the Democrats, and their President are wrong. They have been affected by the statism of a statist age and have been taken in by their own schemes. Yes, Guy, there is an America.  America exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion  and true patriotism exist, and  America makes possible for you and everyone here an abounding  meaning, beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no America! It would be as dreary as if there were no Americans. There would be no faith in one’s fellow man or woman, no united country that is and has been a shining city on a hill, no place where still thousands wish to come,  and sacrifice everything to do so, because the hope for this America can move men and women to sacrifice all to be happy here.

If there were no America, there would be no hope for the world. The world  would have no enjoyment,   no place full-of-wonder as is America.  If anyone would succeed in destroying America or fundamentally changing it,  the shining American  light  which fills the world would be extinguished. 

The Democrat President has said America is a nation of a foreign religion. Guy, he might as well have said a dog’s tail is a leg, and that a dog has five legs.  From its founding America was a Judeo-Christian nation, has been a Judeo-Christian nation throughout its history, is one now, will be one after 2016, and will forever be a Judeo-Christian  nation.  Change America to another  nation ? Our Constitution itself says it was signed in “the year of Our Lord,” who is none other than Jesus Christ.  Change America from being a Judeo-Christian nation? This would be like changing  love to hate,  glory to infamy, or light to darkness. 

Not believe in America! You might as well not believe in goodness, and justice and love. America is the faith, poetry, love, care, courage, beauty, steadfastness, romance, and bravery that  pushes aside tyrants and those who would alter or abolish her, and proclaims the glory she has known, the glory of her today,  and the glory she will know in years to come. Is America real? Ah, Guy, in all this world there is no country so real, so good, and  so abiding. 

No America?  Thank God, Guy, America, the America your forbears fought for, lives and will live forever.  A few foolish fools cannot change her. A thousand years from now, Guy, nay 10 times 10,000 years from now, America will continue to make glad the hearts of its citizens and be a place of justice,  of courage,  and of freedom.

God bless America, Guy,  Merry Christmas! and Happy New Year.

James Madison, Editor




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