2018-02-16 / Letters

Should I stay or should I go?

To the editor:

This isn’t a letter about short-term rentals in South Portland or about moving to South Portland in general. This is about something more important, Americanism. The song “Should I Say or Should I Go” was song by the Clash in 1982. How appropriate for our times. We are in a clash between our political parties and just about everything that we do. Below is the preamble to the American Legion Constitution.

“For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes: To uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America; To maintain law and order; To foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; To preserve the memories and incidents of our associations in the Great Wars; To inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; To combat autocracy of both classes and masses; To make right the master of might; To promote peace and good will on earth; To safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom and democracy; To consecrate and sanctify our comradeship by the devotion to mutual helpfulness.”

After reading all of that if you don’t have a lump in your throat or a tear in your eye – you should go.

This is American flag and apple pie stuff. We are a society that believes in the rights of the individual, but collectively teams up to fight a bully. I am neither encouraging membership in the American Legion nor fostering a renewed belief in the American spirit. What I am trying to instill is resurgence in the beliefs of our founding father that against all odds formed a nation and have maintained it for 242 years.

Stand up. Get involved. Vote. And if need be, protest peacefully, but do not continue to sit by and let the vocal few wreck what we all fought so hard to establish.

Michael R. Pock South Portland

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