Letters, Oct. 16

Oct 15, 2013

What does the future hold?

To the editor:

Last week, as I held my newborn granddaughter and played with her 2-year old sister, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of future awaits them.

In 1852, Daniel Webster issued a prophetic warning; “If we and our posterity reject religious instruction and authority, violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the political constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how suddenly a catastrophe may overwhelm us, that shall bury all our glory in profound obscurity.”

Obviously, we have not listened and the nation I remember as a youth is gone.  While our country’s history has seen peaks and valleys, we have never witnessed a civil and moral degradation comparable to what we are currently experiencing.

The current administration is so riddled with scandals, its only transparency is the continuous stream of lies fed to its citizens.  This country’s reputation and standing on the world stage has never been lower.  Our legislators’ ineptitude paralyzes government, resulting in vile accusations and contemptuous rhetoric unworthy of ‘elected’ officials.  Yet, in another year, they’ll ask us to forget their abhorrent behavior and return them to office.

A young child is suspended from school for pointing his finger like a gun; however, we give weapons to terrorists that hate us and talk of engaging in another war half way round the world.  Government’s inability to contain spending and entitlement programs pushes us deeper in debt and closer to financial collapse.

Sanity has left society, a complicit media reports passively and a majority of our citizens are silent.  There is no more shame.  Pride, arrogance, greed and “political correctness” rule the day.

So what country will our grandchildren see in 20 years?  What will we leave them?  What questions will they ask and how will we answer them?  Will we be forgiven?  Should we?  More importantly, will God forgive us?

Bob Knoedler

Maggie Valley