Jason Olson, Deseret News

This United States of America is not your grandfather's country — the one for which the two world wars (the so-called "good wars") were fought. When 47 percent of the population is dependent upon government for their very livelihood and doesn't contribute anything to the tax base, we have lost America as we knew her in the '40s, '50s and '60s.

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John F. Kennedy's famous quotation has been inverted to read: "Ask not what you can do for your country, but what your country can do for you."

When only 51 percent of the people oppose same-sex marriage as an acceptable practice and marijuana smoking becomes an approved recreation, the moral compass we knew as children has been misdirected.

When capitalism is cast aside as an evil practice, then the U.S. is on a troubled path. We may be technologically better off, but morally and self-sufficiently, we are bruised if not mortally wounded.

Frank Overfelt

Cottonwood Heights