(RoyalPatriot.com )- US Marine and World War Two vet Carl Spurlin Dekel turned one hundred last week. And during a local news segment celebrating his 100th birthday, a weeping Dekel said the country he fought for has “gone down the drain.”
Dekel said in an interview with Fox 13 that he wouldn’t hesitate to serve his country again, but added that he regrets how the United States has slipped away from the country he remembers.
He told Fox 13 that people no longer realize what they have and all the things men who fought and died for have “gone down the drain.” Dekel said the country he was raised in is gone and nobody today will have the opportunities he had.
It’s hard not to disagree with Carl Spurlin Dekel.
The sense of unity and patriotism that existed in America 80 years ago has evaporated, which may explain why the US military is experiencing a recruitment shortage.
According to Gallup’s annual July 4 poll, the percentage of respondents who said they are “extremely proud” to be American has dropped to its lowest point since Gallup began the annual survey.
Only 38 percent of respondents said they are “extremely proud” to be American. By comparison, in 2003, 70 percent said they were “extremely proud” and in 2004, that number was a staggering 91 percent.
In total, Gallup found only 65 percent of respondents said they were either “very” or “extremely proud” to be American this year.