Pat Boone & the other war …

May 8, 2008

Over the last five years, more than 4,000 brave young Americans have given their lives in the service of this country.

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.

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,

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.

“Let us implore Him to remove from our hearts that false pride

of opinion which would impel us to persevere in wrong.”

 — President James Buchanan, Dec. 14, 1860

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