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From Joel Nicholson

By Staff | Sep 21, 2016

Dear Editor,

A disabled veteran from the Iraq War, I have recently been asking myself this question; did I go fight for the citizens of the world or for my own country? America has historically been known for its autonomy and exceptionalism. These long standing principles seem to be disappearing at a rapid pace. It is my belief that America is being dismantled to appease the world’s progressive movement.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a citizen of the world. My loyalty lies only with the United States of America. When I joined the military, I swore an oath to defend and protect the Constitution of the United States. I don’t remember swearing allegiance to the world!

Our elected officials continue to make trade deals that are bad for the American worker but good for international relationships. Our coal miners are being abandoned to satisfy global environmental initiatives. These initiatives are not yet technically advanced enough to be worth the price of implementing them. Instead, we buy steel made in other countries (China) that routinely pollute the environment. As a result, many American middle class families are fighting to stay afloat.

With trillions of dollars in national debt, we still send foreign aid to countries that hate our “American values.” Our bridges and roads are crumbling! Meanwhile, some of our top leaders are more concerned with the impact of air conditioners on the environment and transgender bathrooms for our children at school.

Some of our warriors are dying while on the Veteran Administration Hospital “wait lists” yet a welfare medical card will get a non-veteran prompt health care at most public hospitals in the USA.

In closing, radical Islamic terrorism is not the greatest threat to Americans but apathy is! A second American Revolution is essential to save our country. So what can we do? Let us start by getting involved in our local communities, vote, volunteer, pray and always honor those that gave up their lives protecting America. Semper Fi

Respectfully,

Joel Nicholson

Silver Hill, WV USA