America the beautiful?

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author.

Most of us will never live under “for spacious skies” or anywhere near those “amber waves of grain” or “the purple mountain’s majesty above thy fruited plains” we sing about. Many of us will never even get to see those things.

We live in and around America’s blighted metropolitan areas.

There is a lot to be said about the moral, social and physical decay and devastation of so many of these areas. Detroit, San Francisco, Baltimore, Portland, Minneapolis, Newark, Los Angeles, the list goes on and on. But for today, let’s discuss our largest city, New York.

Whatever you may think of their personalities or politics, no one can rationally deny that Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg worked wonders in restoring a large measure of safety and sanity to the Big Apple. After a long period of decline, the city became cleaner and more secure. Citizens and visitors were not harassed on the street by con men posing as beggars, or the unofficial toll takers at red lights who demanded money for waving a squeegee at your windshield.

Police were respected and violent crime was down—including in the poorest neighborhoods. Property values rose, the tourism industry flourished, and people even seemed just a tad happier and less cynical than New Yorkers tend to be.

And then someone, who may be the most incompetent individual ever to hold the office, became mayor. Incredibly, he was even elected for a second term. Along with that, New York State elected a governor so despicable that simple words cannot do justice to his moral shortcomings.

Now look at New York after years under the rule of the Democrat party.

Violent crime has increased. People are being slashed and beaten on the streets and in the subways. Gangs are roaming around playing the “knockout game”, punching unsuspecting older people just for the fun of it. The place is filthy. Racial tensions are reaching a new high. And, just for one example of the mayor’s stupidity, he allowed a Cannabis Parade down Broadway during the pandemic but has refused veterans a permit for a Memorial Day march on Staten Island for fear of spreading the virus. Seriously?

So then, what is the response to these issues from the Democrat mayor, Democrat governor and those other Democrat geniuses from New York, such as Representative Cortez? Some cry out to “defund the police” even as the carnage grows and innocent children are being hit with stray bullets. Others demand that the perpetrators who have been arrested for these violent crimes be let out on bail, and as soon as possible—do not worry about the victims, they tell us, we have to protect the rights of the accused. And, of course, there is the chorus of accusers, somehow blaming Donald Trump and “systemic racism” for all the problems they themselves have caused and are allowing to fester. 

America is burning, just watch your nightly news on a network that will show you truth rather than tell you a fantasy version of what they want you to believe. Become informed. Become dissatisfied with your local, state and federal politicians if they are not working for the safety of you and your children. Become angry!

Years ago, the media scoffed at the “Silent Majority” in this country, as if one should be ashamed for being proud to be American; to hold a job; to maintain a family; and to go about life without complaining and blaming and railing at the moon. The time has come where those of us who cherish those values can no longer be silent. We cannot sit by and watch the destruction of our great nation. We cannot accept children being in harm’s way by enjoying time in a playground while rival gangs engage in shootouts around them. We cannot go on being accused of a racism we neither feel nor practice. We cannot allow our cities to be vandalized, terrorized and polarized they are.

Stand up and be heard. Stand up and be counted. America needs you, and it needs you now.

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