Saturday, September 8, 2012
Over the years we have forsaken the virtues that made us great. We have come to view the principles that hallmarked our country as "old fashioned" and "out of date". We are wrong.
The following tidbit has been attributed to Herbert Hoover in 1946. In my opinion, it is every bit as relevant today as it was over 50 years ago.
"The principal thing we can do if we really want to make the world over is to try the use of the word 'old' again. It was the 'old' things that made this country the great nation it is.
There are the old virtues of integrity and truth.
There are the old virtues of incorruptible service and honor in public office. There are the old virtues of economy in government, of self-reliance, thrift and individual responsibility and liberty.
There are the old virtues of patriotism, real love of country and willingness to sacrifice for it.
These old ideas are very inexpensive. And they would help win hot and cold wars. I realize such suggestions will raise that odious word 'reactionary', but some of these old values are slipping away rapidly from American life.
And if they slip too far, the lights will go out in America, even if we win the hot and cold wars."