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We don't get it: the ultimate goal of Muslims is to destroy us. Period

To The Daily Sun,

It is Sept. 11, 2015. This day will always be a sad day for me and many others. What makes it sadder is that our government does not get it. We are hated by Muslims because we are not of their faith. Their ultimate goal is to destroy us, period! We cannot change this by appeasement.
"An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last," said Winston Churchill.

The problem will not go away by ignoring it. Our present leaders are doing both. We have even gone so far (recently) as to give them (Iran) the ability to create an atomic bomb in the very near future. "Oh, we'll just let them monitor themselves to ensure that will never happen." Huh? Just imagine the next attack (and there will be one) after this has been accomplished.

Sept. 9, 2001, was a wake-up call that has been forgotten by too many of those government officials that we trust to protect us. What is it going to take for our leaders to come to grips with reality?

"You can always trust America to do the right thing — after they have exhausted all other possibilities." - Winston Churchill

Let us hope that "all other possibilities" cease to exist before we do.

Ken Knowlton
Belmont

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No nation can prosper with albatrosss of debt hanging about its neck

To The Daily Sun,

America used to be a place where no agent of government could take your property, narrow your dreams or stand between you and your destiny. The American dream was born from the principles laid out by the founders of this nation. Those original Americans struggled and died so that they and their descendants could have a place where all men are created equal; not the same... equal. They put their lives, their fortunes and their honor at risk to establish a nation where they could enjoy the unalienable rights with which our creator endows all men; the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

What makes America different from every other nation on earth is the proposition upon which the nation is founded. The rights of the people come from their creator: God almighty. In America the rights of the people do not come from government. They do not come from the monarch. In America government exists by the consent of the governed. Our sovereignty comes from "We the People." The American Constitution serves as "chains to bind the mischief of government," according to Thomas Jefferson.

America gives each of us the opportunity to achieve our dreams. To the extent that it is the People... not the government... that know best... we have had and will retain and utilize the greatest engine of opportunity the world has ever known. People from around the world have flocked to America's shores, not for guaranteed success but for the opportunity and the freedom to try to achieve.

The fusion of political and economic freedom has given America a unique place in the world. We have become the leader of the Free World ... not because we impose our model on others, but because we are the nation who sets the example the rest of the world emulates ... each in their own way. What is different — what is exceptional here — is that America sets her people free and harnesses their aspirations so that we can achieve and through those achievements; we can make a better economic reality thereby raising everyone with the creation of bounty. This prosperity allows for all to enjoy some of the fruits to which none are entitled but all can earn.

We have been blessed with gifts. We know the system we have inherited has worked better than any other ever tried, anywhere else in the world, at any time. This does not mean the system is perfect. It does not mean it is permanent. It means we must study and understand what has made us an exceptional nation. It means we owe it to posterity to do the work necessary to defend what we have been given so our children's, children's, children can also share in the benefits. We have not been doing our duty for decades.

To restore the promise of America we must bring back jobs, growth and opportunity. No nation can prosper with the albatross of debt hung about its neck. We will not grow without capital available to do so. There is a clear cause and effect between jobs and growth. We need regulatory, spending and tax reform. We need to protect our constitutional rights. Separation of powers is necessary, limiting the authority of the federal government must be mandated, and guaranteeing the freedom to speak, pray and protect our families is required. We need to restore American leadership in the world. We do not need to dominate the world to be the example for others to follow.

Marc Abear

Meredith

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