WWII U.S. Marine veteran, Carl Spurlin Dekel, celebrated his 100th birthday last week. The occasion was joyous, but he had a heartbreaking revelation to share.
“People don’t realize what they have,” Dekel told the outlet. “The things we did and the things we fought for and the boys that died for it, it’s all gone down the drain.”
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“We haven’t got the country we had when I was raised, not at all,” he says. “Nobody will have the fun I had. Nobody will have the opportunity I had. It’s just not the same and that’s not what our boys, that’s not what they died for.”
Not surprisingly, many Americans do not have the same patriotism they once did, especially with how the current administration talks about the U.S.
A Fox News interview with Rep. Michael Waltz talked about the very subject of declining patriotism:
If you look at the polling data you see a steady decline over the last decade-plus. I point to our education system. COVID exposed to us the garbage being taught in our schools. When it’s taught in our schools that this is a fundamentally bad country, that at its core it is misogynist, racist, colonialist. It wasn’t founded to establish individual freedom for “we the people” away from monarchies and emperors. That it was established to protect slavery. When that is being taught in our schools and on top of that you have things in math class, which we discovered in Florida.
Word problems in math class that talk about counting the numbers of oppressors and oppressed. Now in our military, they are saying on one hand you need to be willing to die for our constitution and flag, but it [our country] is fundamentally at its core bad and flawed. I think you take all of that together and when you talk about a military like this president has and the secretary of defense [Lloyd Austin]has, it is overrun with white supremacy. It doesn’t surprise me you are seeing this type of decline in pride in our institutions and pride in our flag.
There is always hope, however.
Dekel also spoke about the beauty of life.
“You just remember everything’s beautiful and live every day to the fullest. Just enjoy everything you possibly can,” he said about the secret to living to be 100.
“And here I sit at 100. They tell me I’m 100. I don’t believe it sometimes. Because I don’t need to worry about age.
“I’m not going to, I just keep on keeping on,” he said.
This country is worth fighting for and there is beauty in our nation.
“Liberty must at all hazards be supported. We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates, their pleasure, and their blood.”
John Adams, A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law, 1765