In response to a letter written on Sept. 13 by Sylvia Martin titled “Consider carefully before you vote”: I totally agree with, and I, too, value those things she stated she would like to get back to in this country, and particularly here in Louisiana. Back to a time when neighborhood schools prevailed, neighbors actually knew and helped one another. A time when everyone worked! When it seemed everyone went to church, to a time when decency and honor prevailed and not just “old fashioned values.”
Martin expressed a desire to go back to a time when God was respected, referring to God being rejected in the platform of the Democratic convention. I was actually moved by her conservative desires for our nation, schools, neighbors and more importantly for God! It is extremely important that those who have those same desires be careful in selecting whom to vote for as president of the United States of America. I personally believe this upcoming election is the single most important election of our nation’s history — simply because we are losing our identity as America! It is certain that if we continue to tread in the same direction we are currently going in, we won’t recognize our country as the America we once knew.
However, voting for our choice of the parties to lead the country will not bring back all the things those of us who have those conservative values wish to have again. Some of the problems are not all with either political party we choose! They only give what the majority of the people want. That is why polls have become so important to political parties; they want to know what the people want. The reason why we have moved from those treasured values once experienced is because a good portion of the people have moved from the desire of God.
The failure lies at the doorstep of the church! If our churches would preach and teach what the desires of God are rather than what our desires are, then people would once again have a greater respect for God and have the kind of conservative values we all would like to see again among our schools and neighbors. That is the only way we will get back to the desires of old. And our government will follow, with the desires of the people
Carl L. Brown