There is an old Tom T. Hall country western song in which he asks The Old Philosopher about the meaning of life to which he receives the reply: "Faster horses, younger women, older whiskey, more money."

I wonder if this is not becoming the mantra of most Americans as we fall under the spell of Donald Trump and Co.'s praises of more of everything material. A moral and spiritual accompaniment to this philosophy seems absent. Besides, the voters will love you if you enrich them materially or at least create the expectation of such windfalls of material goods.

What a horrible twisting of the morals of generosity and selflessness which has predominated in our country until recently.

If you are one of those described on the statue of liberty as "... your poor huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these the homeless, tempest-tossed to me ... " you now appear to be merely disposable welfare parasites having little or no value. You are viewed as likely to be unproductive or will dilute our genes or belief systems with heresies abundant.

I hope that enough concern for the suffering of others in our country as well as those in others has survived and will reemerge again in our country and that the mantra of "love one another as I have loved you" will predominate.

George Sorensen