We once were proud that our country stood for righteousness, justice, liberty and freedom; however, now pride has faded. Greed, irresponsibility, and violence have taken the place of the honorable qualities we celebrated about our country. Pride should cause us to force our country to stop taking children from their parents and putting them in cages. Pride in our country ought to steer us away from a level of discourse that demeans people, rather than just accept that "times are different now". True pride in our country would mean that we stop allowing mass murderers to kill dozens of people at one time, and we would stop providing the means for so many individuals to be murdered. Proud citizens would surely not vote for government leaders of questionable reputations and of immoral character. Proud citizens would not allow Russians to influence our elections; and once it occurred, they would ensure that it never happened again.

If the United States of America is to survive, we must have courageous men and women of integrity who will "walk the walk" and "talk the talk" with truth and honesty. We need such faithful people in our communities, our government, our media, and the voting booths. They will make us proud.

Evelyn Swart

Joseph, Oregon

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