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Are there enough of us left who believe in self reliance & sacrifice

To The Daily Sun,

"Do not go gentle into that good night but rage, rage against the dying of the light." — Dylan Thomas

That is just what retired Army veteran Chris Mintz did as the mass murderer was killing and wounding students at an Oregon college. He rushed the killer, getting wounded several times and likely saving more students from injury and death.

In Lt. Col. David Grossman's very instructive book, "On Combat," he mentions the "sheepdog." "It can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed." Now, many of us are not able to combine aggressive courage with a relentless love of country and freedom.

However, what Dr. Ben Carson said in making his generalized comment, is that we can all at least try to be mentally prepared to react the way Chris did. How the many can overwhelm the attacker so that less harm and death will come to the whole group. Of course, none of us actually knows how we would react in such a life-or-death situations. Training, nature and our innate fight or fight response will factor into that equation. But, isn't Lou Dobbs correct when he asserts that congratulations should go out to Dr. Carson for wanting citizens to think about how they would react to a life threatening situation?

The corrosive, leftist-leaning mainstream media immediately concluded that Dr. Carson was purposely being insensitive toward the victims and survivors. The progressive left proves once again that it is loathe to believe that this country's citizens can be self-reliant and willing to sacrifice. Oh no, their socialist proclivities believe that government reliance, dependency and victimhood are what a society should embrace in their "sheepish," Utopian and pacifist world. Lou Dobbs goes on to say that Dr. Carson's "action over acquiescence" should inspire all of us rather than frighten us.

Lou wonders if there are enough of us who still feel that this country stands for independence, self-reliance and sacrifice. I think that we still do, though I admit we may be nearing the tipping point. That point where acquiescence and dependence supersedes the glorious "live free or die" attitude that has been imbued within our psyche since the dawn of our Constitutional Republic.

There is one phrase that made a huge impact on me years ago when I decided to take a perilous internal journey when life was looking particularly bleak. "What goes on around you - - - - compares little with what goes on inside you." — Ralph Waldo Emerson. That is true of all of us individually and painfully true for all of us as a country today.

We must decide if we still want to be that courageous and compassionate beacon on the hill or if we will give in to the progressive left. The side that threatens to fundamentally transform us into just one more powerful country that thought it could survive the ravages of the totalitarian socialists. My daily prayer is that we as citizens will not let the light of liberty flicker and die and that we will "rage against the dying of the light."

Are you with me, Dr. Carson, Lou Dobbs, Chris Mintz and all of our soldier "sheepdogs"? Remember, the wolves are at our door.

Russ Wiles

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Mr. Trump thumps the Bible but I suspect he never opens it

To The Daily Sun,

I am amazed to watch Trump attract the Republican voters. He is the least charitable billionaire in the country.

From 1990 though 2007 he donated a total $3.7 million to his own foundation. While he brags of all the money he has, and all that he owns, he never brags about how charitable he is. There are no hospitals, schools, shelters or initiatives around the world named after him as are skyscrapers all over the country. He describes himself as an "ardent philanthropist..." but never has mentioned where he gives any of his billions.

It seems to me that aside from his many other unattractive attributes, this lack of compassion would make him a terrible president. What would he advocate be done to help the poor and uneducated of our country rise up the economic ladder? I doubt very much would be done on his watch. I don't think he knows anything about the poor.

Despite all the criticism of the Clinton Foundation, they have given and raised millions from their billionaire friends for charitable initiatives around the world. Hillary herself started To Small to Fail, an effort to get support for very early education. Hillary knows how to get things done, and knows what can be accomplished in the cesspool of Washington. This in contrast to Trump who says "I will just do it". With his billions in the private enterprise world he can make anything he wants to happen. This is not the way it works in government.

Going along with this is his lack of serious involvement with any church. He mentioned going on Easter. He thumps the Bible, but I suspect he never opens it.

Examine the real world of Trump behind the "I can fix anything" loudmouth".

Kent Warner

Center Harbor

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