To the editor:
Kenneth R. DeVoe
In today’s high school books, it is difficult to locate the revolutionary iconoclast author Thomas Paine. I harken to his historic words, “These are times that try men’s souls,” and he further writes of the “summer soldier and sunshine patriot,” who in time of crisis will shirk their duty ... I wish to nominate a few of my choices for the latter (dis)honor:
The CEO of food chain Chick-Fil-A, who was supported by millions of Americans when he was perceived as “anti-gay,” and now he has apologized to the homosexuals and is welcoming them with open arms! Hello! McDonald’s!
Next is House “Republican” John Boehner, who, while professing to be opposed to the constitutional-destroying Democrats, somehow puts up no resistance and nods approvingly.
Members of the Indiana General Assembly, when faced with an ugly/unruly mob of gay people, refused to really push for a voter referendum concerning gay marriage. Gov. Mike Pence and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller make the list for cowering/running away from an appointed federal judge in Ohio, who ruled in favor of gay marriage. Pence is, again, included as he not once but twice voted for the Constitution liberty-destroying “Patriot” Act.
Lastly, the recent armed federal thugs’ assault on Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, which was repulsed by real Americans, found that both the Nevada governor and the Clark County sheriff were AWOL and (probably) hiding somewhere under a bed.
If, somehow, the American republic and the Constitution/Bill of Rights are to survive, the Summer Soldiers and Sunshine Patriots must be exposed to sunlight — and then tossed into the dust bin of history.
Perhaps I had problems with my aging eyes or maybe the TV screen was playing tricks on me, but I think I saw the faint images of Col. Parker and his resolute farmers standing, not retreating, at Lexington Green and the “crude bridge” at Concord, April 19, 1775, some 23 years ago, almost to the day.
Could the “resolute ranchers” in Nevada and their stand against governmental tyranny have brought life into the faint spark of liberty — and perhaps, even spread that fire/flame and “proclaim Liberty throughout the land.” The next coming days could well decide the future survival of America.