The Greatest Generation – there is none


Tom Brokaw wrote a very poignant book called “The Greatest Generation.” It is a book everyone should read. However, I posit that a similar book could be written about nearly every generation of Americans with a similar title.

Americans have always stepped up to the challenges that come with being endowed by their Creator with not only inalienable rights, but the will to meet the challenges to those rights with their fortunes and their lives, if need be.

Who were more challenged than those who:

were patriots at Breeds Hill, Lexington and Concord or survived loss after loss to the British Army and Valley Forge?

walked to New Orleans and win a decisive battle against the strongest military force of their time?

traveled in covered wagons across the continent on the Oregon Trail to settle the West?

left their families to enter The Alamo knowing it was surely a certain death — for a purpose worth dying for!

fought — and over 600,000 died in the war against slavery and to maintain “one nation under God”?

went to Europe and fought in hand to hand combat through mustard gas in WWI?

fought through Corregidor and Bataan, the battles at Iwo Jima, Guadalcanal, D-Day and Bastogne in WWII?

deployed and fought in Korea at Pusan Peninsula, Inchon and Chosin Reservoir?

fought in the Vietnamese War the divided allegiances here and were vilified for their patriotism?

fought in Iraq, and continue to give their last measure of life and limb in Afghanistan?

Now we come to the current generation(s). The Oath of Allegiance states we must defend “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” It is much easier to fight enemies foreign, than to fight enemies domestic. WE must do battle against socialism that would destroy the very principles of our Constitution as envisioned by our Founders. Socialists are exceptionally motivated and effective at communicating their ideology. Every great society throughout history has fallen as a result of internal decay and incipient rot. America will only continue its greatness if those who believe in the principles of capitalism and liberty work together to overcome the current threats.

Albert Einstein stated, “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” That begs the question, what are YOU doing about it?

Mason Phil, Payson

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