To the editor:
The controversy over not saying the Pledge of Allegiance at meetings held by the city of St. Louis Park gained national attention. City officials thought it to be offensive or uncomfortable for someone in the audience. This is indicative of a greater problem we are facing as a nation — the overemphasis of personal feelings.
In order to not offend someone, we are willing to abandon or compromise national sovereignty, religious liberty, amendment rights, and love and devotion of country. As a nation, we are going down a dangerous path. Rather than uniting us as a people, we are becoming fragmented, no longer having a common bond and uncertain of what we stand for (literally). We are becoming a country of “nothingness,” where each person flies their own flag. Little or no consideration is given to the impact that personal agendas have on the greater good. Today it’s about the fear of hurting someone’s feelings.
We seem to have forgotten President Kennedy’s quote, “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
Maybe we need a little more self-sacrifice and more devotion to the whole.
Our patriots fought and died for America. There was doubt as to what they stood for. Even many conscientious objectors made contributions.
We need to quit being offended, stop forcing our ideals on others and get over the self-pity.
P.S. Unlike college campuses of today, there were no “safe spaces” on the beaches of Normandy, France,” on June 6, 1944.”