Excerpts taken from "Just Thoughts of a Plain Country Woman" originally published July 9, 1953 in The Collinsville News.
Note: This was a time period when The Boy had just returned from the front lines of the Korean Conflict. Troops had been pulled back but "war" was never declared. The fight was termed a "conflict" which limited political options, limited military benefits to those who fought and placed many constraints on future peace negotiations.
In light of our new "relations" with North Korea, I thought the historical perspective presented in this 1953 column might be of interest.
"It is hard to write about the 4th
of July this year. After three
long and terrible years of war in
Korea, and two years of dickering
for an honor able peace, we seem
to be considering an armistice that
will be humiliating to both us and
We are more confused than ever
about our part, our duty, our future.
Of course, it is easy for us
to say, "Why in the world don't
we drop a few atom bombs!" then
pack up our picnic basket and go
to a cool, pleasant place for our
national holiday celebration.
We can't blame Synman Rhee
for wanting his country back all
in one piece instead of having it
stopped near that hated, 38th parallel,
but we must remember that
our own Mason and Dixon Line
was what the Civil War was fought over and the war wasn't over until
the battle in the Deep South and
New Orleans were fought and won.
Our nation was restored to a Union
for which all truly patriotic
Americans are forever grateful.
The question is, of course, whether
we are the ones who must bring
about Korean unity.
But before we put the last sandwich
in our picnic basket and hurry
off to our patriotic celebration,
let's look again at our present situation.
Our young men are far
from home; we wonder why. Our
government seems to be outwitted
and for every step forward we
seem to slip two backward. I
feel like burying my head in my
own affairs and letting the world
rock along its own crazy way.
However,I find these reassuring
words of Judge Larned Hand explaining
why nothing can ever be
done finally and right, that nothing
is known positively and completely;
why we must try and try again "to build our new and better selves upon the shells of our old selves.
He says: "The spirit of liberty
is the spirit which is not too sure
that it is right; the spirit of liberty
is the spirit which seeks to understand
the minds of other men;
the spirit of liberty is the spirit
which weighs their interests alongside
its own without bias; the spirit
o.f liberty is the spirit of Him
who, nearly two thousand years
ago, taught mankind that lesson
it has never learned, but has never
quite forgotten: that there may be
a kingdom where the least shall be
heard and considered side by side
with the greatest."
. . . .
Now let's finish packing the
lunch basket for our Independence
Day fun, yet not forget to apply the spirit of liberty both for ourselves and others we meet on the highways, at the parks and pools. And let us not forget what and
why we celebrate; that it is high time we reclaimed our country; that the Stars and Stripes is still the
most beautiful sight under the
shining canopy of heaven! It has
been only by constant vigilance in
holding the enemies of freedom away from bombing our shores and
cities that are still America., the