In 1776, a group of patriots signed a Declaration of Independence and committed to a set of “self-evident truths” that became the foundation of our nation. The final sentence of that feclaration included a promise to “pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor”. It took a lot of courage to sign that document. Had the new nation lost the gamble, those men and their families likely would have lost everything; their lives, their fortunes and their honor.

President Trump considers himself a true patriot and astute military leader. He recently threatened North Korea, tweeting that were they to attack our allies — primarily South Korea and Japan — the North Koreans “will be met with fire, fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before." If that happened, the lives, fortunes and sacred honor of perhaps tens of millions of Koreans and Japanese would be at stake. But what about President Trump's?

Given the stakes, perhaps it's time we ask the president, as well as legislators who support him, to make a similar pledge. How about asking them to go or to send family members to live in Japan or South Korea during the negotiations with North Korea? How about asking them to commit their fortunes to the military campaign?

I'll bet their rhetoric would be dialed down very quickly and that cooler heads would prevail.

How about it, President Trump and members of Congress? Are you willing to pledge your life, fortune and sacred honor for the rest of us?

Stewart Holmes

Corvallis (Aug. 19)


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