Writer part of group that hates America
I want to commend The Herald for your courage in printing the Fourth of July commentary by Mr. Rothschild concerning his distaste for patriotism, along with a veiled message of his hatred for this country. The fact that The Herald had the courage to let us know that we have people like Mr. Rothschild -- people in influential positions, who are trying to rewrite history, denigrate and condemn us, blame the U.S. for every ill in the world today -- a group of people who seem to just hate our country and everything it stands for.
The Herald will receive a lot of condemnations for printing this man's rants, but you have done a great service to the people of Rock Hill and surrounding areas.
The Southern people, as a general rule, place great value on patrioism, which is not only a love for one's country, but a love that is not blind. There have been times in our history where we have made terrible blunders, but I'll dare anyone to show me a country that has not made stupid mistakes. This country is one of the few that will admit to the world we made mistakes and one of the few that then will try to atone for these blunders.
Mr. Rothschild's condemnation seems clearly aimed at George Bush. Let me be perfectly clear on Mr. Bush: Were I Jimmy Carter, every night before I laid my head on my pillow, I would thank the Lord for Bush, because that is the only reason Carter will not go down in history as our worst President, only second worst.
Mr. Rothschild is not an anomaly but, in reality, represents a growing force in our country that wants to ignore the past. Take, for example, his reference that World War I and World War II were unnecessary and that it was America's fault they were fought. His ignorance of history, or his ignoring of history, is a common theme in this group's vile attempt to portray America as a brutal and selfish nation, exploiting the rest of the world for our own needs. If Mr. Rothschild lived in China, Russia, Cuba, many banana republics, he would be gone tomorrow.
When a disaster, either caused by man or nature, strikes anywhere in the world, which country responds first? Which country gives more foreign aid than any other? Which country has advanced the concept of personal freedom with more vigor than the U.S.? None.
I am proud to call myself an American. I am proud that I consider myself a patriot. I am proud that when at a sporting event, and the National Anthem is played, I get misty-eyed.
Mr. Rothschild will be soundly condemned by a lot of your readers, as will you. I personally think Mr. Rothschild should be pitied more than censored.