Memories of bridge spur question

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Are we seeing twilight of our nation?

4-B-section-Nor'eastern-News-Francis-Scott-Key-imageBy Calvin Lacy | Special to Nor’eastern News

BALTIMORE HARBOR – I wish I could recall the many times I’ve transited the Key Bridge in Baltimore, or all the times I was jammed at the top of it — sometimes for as much as 30 minutes until the traffic began to move again.

But I didn’t mind because I had the opportunity to get a bird’s eye view of the harbor, which is more than Francis Scott Key (for whom the span is named) ever got! And, yes, I would ruminate a bit about the events that led Mr. Key to write the lyrics to ‘The Star Spangled Banner.’


Recently, a letter in a local newspaper, give this some relevance for our time.

Mr Marvin Pelon, local writer and Patriot, despaired over how our government has turned its back on America’s fighting men and women. How the President of the United State and the U.S. State Department puts our young people in harm’s way and refuses to come to their aid when they’re threatened with annihilation. How we stand by as our embassies are burned to the ground, and its staff are killed, and how we shamed our Marines as they were forced into surrendering their weapons upon leaving Yemen.

I could go on but you get the picture.

Couple all of the above with Obama’s war on our military wherein he’s fired the top ranks in the chain of command — more than 300 by some accounts — and these are the go-to people! These are Admirals and Generals — the first responders in national emergencies!

The more I think about the words in our nation anthem: “What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming,” the more I wonder: Is this what’s going on right before our eyes? Are Americans actually witnessing twilight’s last gleaming? Is this all that’s left of our nation?