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    The Last Samurai

    By jdee, Section News
    Posted on Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 06:42:19 PM EST
    Tags: character, values, tradition, founding fathers (all tags)

    Japan's long history was one of tradition and honor.  The legendary samurai were the symbols of the honor and majesty of this once mighty empire.  The code of the samurai was symbolic of how the people aspired to live their lives.  They were the warrior class, the knights of their land, and the epitome of what was good in their land.  They lived lives of discipline, honor and service.

    As dramatized in the movie `The Last Samurai', the day came when outside cultures began to influence the nation of Japan.  The leaders of the day sought to bring in `the best' of the Western culture, primarily from America.  They wanted the clothes, the technology, and the weaponry.  Unfortunately, these additions to their culture threatened the way of the samurai.  The new ways of the West clashed with the old traditions.  It seemed the followers of the `new enlightened ways' no longer had a tolerance for the out of date traditions of the samurai.  In the end, the samurai were defeated by the superior numbers and technology of the masses who followed the new ways.  Tradition was defeated by the desire for power, and Japan was sent down the road to its eventual defeat in World War II.  The way of the samurai was lost.  The principals that inspired greatness in Japan were lost.

    We in America are seeing this process repeated here.  Our nation was founded on the backs of hard working pioneers who overcame great obstacles to build the greatest nation the world has ever seen.  The founding fathers risked all to bring freedom to our land and their spirit still lives in the traditions of our country.  Our founder's faith led them to create a nation that honored freedom, hard work, and values.  We are a land that was the envy of the world.  Our free society allowed ingenuity and hard work to prosper and we advanced quickly to the place of superpower.

    However, now our land faces a threat much like Japan did in the late 19th century.  The `enlightened' influences of modern culture, much of which coming from the elitist university cultures and the haughty European cultures, threatens to tear down the fundamentals that defined our nation from the beginning.  Many of these new value systems cannot coexist with the fundamental values of our heritage, and the new culture now endeavors to tear down the old to replace it with the new.  Achievement is replaced with fairness, equality with quotas, freedom replaced with tolerance.  Much of what was considered good and right at the foundation of our country is now abhorred by the new elite agenda.  A war now is waging for the future of our land.  

    The fundamental values of our founding fathers built a great nation and maintained it through years of expansion, civil war, famine, outside attack and world wars.  For over two hundred years, these values were the backbone of our society.  Like the samurai code of Japan, the Judeo-Christian values of our nation have stood the  test of time.  Like Japan, the loss of these values to the `new enlightenment' would strip our culture of its backbone.  A fate like the fall of Japan can be expected if this war is won by the new over the old.

    There is still time.  The fundamental values still exist deep in the hearts of the people.  The media glitz makes it look like the new ways are winning, but most Americans still believe in honesty, hard-work and the fundamentals of freedom.  These ideals are central to the survival and prosperity of our nation, both in the past, and in the future. Abandoning them is a sure path to the end of the American experience. Preserving them should become a high priority for this nation's leadership, at all levels. History shows that the degradation of fundamental values leads to a nations doom.  Rome showed us that.  Japan showed us that.  We must do everything possible to prevent America from falling into that same trap.

    There is still time.  Act.  Get involved.  Do not accept corruption or compromise from your public servants.  Speak volumes with your vote, by voting in people with proven character.  The people of this nation know what they believe.  It's time now to make sure that our nation reflects those beliefs.

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    by jdee on Sat Feb 21, 2009 at 06:50:20 PM EST
    It's time now to make sure that our nation reflects those beliefs.

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