Teddy Roosevelt said: “Speak softly, but carry a big stick.”
Ronald Reagan sent bombers over Libya to let them know that if they killed Americans, there were consequences.
From our days on the school playgrounds, we knew the best way to deal with a bully was to hit him in the belly — hard —and that got his attention.
In 1938, Britain and France attempted to give in to the Nazis and Socialists. They sought “peace in our time,” but instead ended up in the greatest war of all time.
We may well be at that point in time when the United States of America has to let the rest of the world know we’ve had enough. Our current administration attempted to walk the second mile, turn the other cheek and look the other way while terrorists burned our flag, raided our embassies and killed our diplomats.
For quite a few years, through numerous administrations, the United States has attempted to buy friends with John Q. Taxpayer’s dollars. It hasn’t worked.
If being Mr. Nice Guy doesn’t do the trick, maybe we’ll have to say, “OK, you don’t like us. You resent all the aid and money we’ve given you. We’re going to pack our bags, take our money and go home!”
There are a good many people in the United States of America who can use some of the funds we’ve been spending around the world attempting to help others. Let’s use it on our own citizens.
There are lots of places to pour this money: roads, bridges, schools, hospitals, research finding cures for deadly diseases, research to turn natural resources into energy, so we are no longer dependent on countries who don’t like us in the first place. Maybe we can eventually pay off the national debt and then cut taxes.
Growing up in the 1930s, I wasn’t too impressed with the “American Firsters.” We couldn’t put our heads under a blanket and let the world go by. Leadership was needed, leadership which would employ those Christian teachings we gained from our parents, our churches and, yes, even from public school teachers of that day.
World War II went badly until the United States of America entered the battle. This nation’s natural resources, manpower and industrial complex turned the tide.
The time is here when we have to show the rest of the world that it’s not nice to twist Uncle Sam’s tail. There are consequences to killing Americans. We don’t like people burning our flag.
Once again, peace through strength is needed. Once again, “Don’t tread on me” could very well be our motto.
If these clowns want to dance, they better be prepared to pay the fiddler!
Chuck Warner, former owner/publisher of the Brownton Bulletin from 1953 to 1986, is a current member of the Brownton City Council.