Letter: Trillions in debt, U.S. must focus on jobs and not wars

To the Editor:

You may recall the old saying, “As the twig is bent, so grows the tree.”

Many senior citizens remember their early, formative years in elementary school. They may recall early school mornings, all standing with hands placed on their hearts, repeating the daily Pledge of Allegiance.

The pledge was followed by the 23rd Psalm, which began: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still water. He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”

How difficult to compare those innocent, childhood memories with the reality of our nation today.

We have evolved from a peaceful nation leading the world in highly profitable automobiles, appliances. electronics, furniture, clothing and endless consumer products to today, nonprofit, highly expensive military supplies.

Our nation stands up to its nostrils in trillions of dollars in debt. We unilaterally lead the world in leaping from one battlefield to another, throwing away billions of dollars while selling off our profitable assets here at home — our water supply, lakes, reservoirs. We sold off our precious oil, and our irreplaceable land and forests.

We spend billions of dollars trying to protect our people from the nations of enemies our government has made over decades of years. We spend billions and make enemies by barricading the free trade of Iran, North Korea and Cuba.

Meanwhile, we enrich our former enemies: Communist China, Communist Russia. We are Japan’s best auto customer.

The countries of Europe have left us standing alone. They have had enough killing and slaughter. We should take a lesson from them.

Bring our troops home. Let Europe work out their own problems.

Time for us to plan on providing jobs for our thousands of unemployed.

Dick De Witt