Over the last five years, more than 4,000 brave young Americans have given their lives in the service of this country. Thousands more have been wounded, some maimed for life. More and more of their countrymen seem persuaded that they shouldn’t have been ordered into Iraq, but surely no one can deny that our troops have marched into the jaws of death believing they’re truly defending all of us, our mutual home and its well-being.
It’s tragic, of course, and we lament the deaths, the suffering, the disproportionate sacrifices our military families have made. And along with the physical costs, a tremendous lot has been made of the financial cost to American taxpayers, which involves all of us. This, too, seems especially regrettable.
But only sporadic and fragmented attention has been paid to the other war where a surge in our troop strength would be appropriate – the all-out assault against our morality, freedom of religion and speech, long cherished tradition and the American family. As the liberal media focus constantly on devastation in Fallujah, Baghdad, Mosul, and the hapless Iraqi families caught in the crossfire between sectarian and military adversaries, scant coverage is given to battles raging and families being mutilated in Omaha, Philadelphia, Nashville and all over our country.
Consider: Every year, within our borders, an estimated 14 to 15 thousand Americans are murdered, an alarming percentage by illegal aliens. That’s more than 15 times the death rate in Iraq!
Consider: An estimated 144,000 Americans have died while waiting for the FDA to approve medications and treatments credited with saving lives in other countries. Even over 10 years, that’s more than triple the Iraq rate.
Consider: Drug financed youth gangs are roaming the streets of virtually every American city, recruiting hundreds of thousands of teens through intimidation and the lures of drugs and money. They’re typically ethnically and racially based, exacerbating prejudice and hate, and they’re often masterminded by criminals from within prison.
Consider: A current 165-page report by a nonprofit study group has identified Las Vegas as a hub for child sex trafficking, revealing that over 400 children have been found “working the streets” in a given month, and – though police records show some 1,496 minors have faced prostitution charges since 1994, and just last year over 150 were arrested – these are truly just the tip of the iceberg. In this March 25 AP story, it’s also noted that similar studies have been completed in places like Salt Lake City, New Orleans, Fort Worth and Dallas, and Independence, Mo.
And another recent report reveals that sex traffickers in this country – having profited immensely by arranging rendezvous between affluent American men and Far East children – are now enlarging operations to bring foreign men to sample American children!
Of course, rampant pornography rages throughout the Internet, enabling pedophiles better to “shop for” the children they want to defile, while the ACLU opposes any attempt to limit their “freedom.”
Consider: As Washington-based Citizens United and other conservative organizations keep alerting any who will listen, ultraliberal forces like the ACLU, People for the “American Way” and various atheist groups constantly invade the courts in their determination to remove any and all mention of God or Scripture from society. And they’ve recruited the NEA and other teachers unions in the all-out campaign to keep prayer and any Judeo-Christian mention or observance out of schools – while teens and even some preteens are contracting sexual diseases from rampant sexual activity and drug use, a lot of it in the very environs of the schools themselves!
Consider: While liberal jurists and well-financed groups hammer away at the very definition of marriage, as between a man and a woman, more and more of our schools are instituting and mandating courses for grade schoolers that portray same-sex couples as just another definition of family. In Lexington, Mass., a dad named David Parker paid a visit to his children’s school, complaining about a book that had been assigned celebrating the “virtues” of gay parenting; when he demanded that the school officials comply with state law and at least inform him before his child was given any more instruction about homosexuality, he was arrested, jailed, and slapped with a restraining order.
For the “crime” of exercising his parental rights, Mr. Parker was forbidden to drop off or pick up his children from school, barred from their sports events and other school activities, and excluded from parent-teacher conferences. Tony Perkins and the Family Research Council have reported on this travesty, and are undertaking to correct it.
But are you beginning to assess the spiritual carnage of this war?
Of course, while at least 150 million of us take our kids to Sunday School and church or synagogue, teaching them the Bible is true and that God created the world and everything in it, teachers unions and even courts decree that those same kids must be taught the still unproved theory of evolution; if they don’t absorb and reflect that teaching in tests, they’ll flunk their tests – end of story.
A USA Today article April 29 reports that an estimated 905,000 children were victims of child abuse or neglect in 2006, and about 1,500 died because of maltreatment, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. More than 75 percent were younger than 4. And infant boys were the most common victims. Which is worse? The death of trained soldiers in combat? Or the lingering, tortured death of little infants?
Costs: The April 21 edition of the Washington Times reports the findings of a non-partisan think tank, estimating the cost to taxpayers of divorce in the United States at $112 billion dollars – $560 billion over the last five years – costlier than the war in Iraq! The study calculates “increased taxpayer expenditures” for welfare, criminal justice, education programs and lost tax revenues associated with low incomes, childhood poverty and family fragmentation.
Eminent historians Will and Ariel Durant said, “The family is the nucleus of civilization.” As bad as the Iraq war and its costs are, the battles here on our own soil are worse. And costlier.
We’d better call for an all-out “surge” in this domestic war, while we still have the resources, courage – and liberty – to do it.
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