I was watching CNN yesterday about the growing number of young people in the United States (and worldwide) attempting or actually joining ISIS or Al Qaeda.
What’s missing in this country that would want to make a young person that was born and raised in the United States want to join an Islamic extremist group such as ISIS or Al Qaeda?
I thought back to my youth…I’m 57 years old, and grew up in the 60s and 70s. I was raised in middle class home in Southern California. My Mother stayed home, my Dad went to work every day. Life was pretty much like “Leave it to Beaver” show. Through the television news reporting by such icons as Walter Cronkite – the news was just the news. It wasn’t sensationalized reporting. The country saw Cronkite cry as he reported the assassination of JFK. The reporting was heartfelt, honest and to the point. There wasn’t the political division (that I remember) of the TV stations. I remember political elections, I don’t remember political bashing.
I also remember that there was a feeling of being proud to live in this country, to be an American. Patriotism was part of life. It was part of growing up. I very much understood that we were living in a great country. In school we learned the values and principles that this country was founded upon. We studied about the struggles that our fore fathers endured. History was a core subject. Learning about what was, helped me understand what is – and to be grateful for the freedoms that we have.
I believe that the feeling of patriotism is missing in today’s youth. Learning and knowing history of this great country is critical to feeling and understanding patriotism. An understanding of the Bill of Rights and the principles of Constitution is lacking in school today. Being patriot doesn’t mean that I always agree with what the government does, or the decisions made. Being a patriot means that you are a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors. And I AM.
I am an American I believe in the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, I believe in God and the right to worship according to my own faith and religion. I believe in gender, education and race equality, and that everyone has the right to choose who they marry. where they live and what they do for a living.
I also believe that if an individual chooses to join a group that is bent on the destruction of Americans and the American way of life – this should be considered an act of treason against the United States of America, and should be punishable as outlined in Article III, section 3 of the Constitution.
God Bless America!