Rudolph M. Unger My Country 'Tis of Thee

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My Country 'Tis of Thee

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The 20th Century high point of The United States of America was beyond doubt World War II. Never was the unity of the American people more manifest than during that crisis. Following that war’s end, a deterioration in the unified resolve of the people began a steady weakening of the nation’s fiber. The nation faced many external and internal challenges and problems. Communism, primarily in the form of The Soviet Union and Red China, posed a formidable foe - taking over Eastern Europe and, less than six years after WW II, thrust the United States into another war when it fomented the attack on South Korea. It opened up its next front of conquest in Asia by attacking South Viet Nam, again propelling the United States in another war, the most divisive since the Civil War. At home, Socialism, in the form of the Welfare State, was eating away at the resolve of Americans to be self-reliant, responsible, free and independent people, wary of government’s control over their lives. The combination of Statism abroad and at home, along with an insidious corruption of the morals of the people, threatened the spiritual underpinning of the federal republic. A growing distaste for combating evil abroad and an increasing craving for material pleasures and a disdain for facing up to responsibilities was steadily chipping away at the once proud character of Americans. The revolting 1960s quickly brought to the surface the dangerous under-currents that threatened to jeopardize the peace, strength, stability and safety of the nation. Concerned by these adverse developments, the author decided to do battle with those concepts and those persons who would turn America into a selfish, cringing, shadowy figment of its historic self. So, in 1971, he started the “My Country, “Tis of Thee” monthly newsletters to defend the principles and institutions which had made The United States of America the greatest nation on earth.

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Rudolph Michael Unger was a Chicago newspaperman for 38 years, more than 36 of them as a reporter and writer for The Chicago Tribune, from 1956 to 1992. He was a Chicago native, born May 13, 1930 to an immigrant couple from the Austrian province of Burgenland, Robert and Mary Unger, in The Front of the Yards neighborhood known as Fuller Park – situated between two major railroad corridors and hard by The Chicago Union Stockyards. He received his elementary education at the hands of The Benedictine Nuns at St. George (German) Parish and obtained his secondary schooling at De LaSalle Institute from The French Christian Brothers. His higher education came at The University of Notre Dame between 1948 and 1952. Following graduation, he served in The United States Army during the Korean War as a counter-artillery, counter-mortar radar instructor and later assigned to The Psychological Warfare School. Leaving The Armed Services, he received his first newspaper training at The Southtown Economist on Chicago’s south side. On January 23, 1956, he joined The Chicago Tribune where he first worked in The Neighborhood News Section. He successively worked in the Tribune’s Financial News Section, as a Traffic Court and city agencies reporter as well as on general assignment. He later was assigned to cover a multitude of governmental agencies in Chicago including the Illinois State Building, The Board of Education, The Park District, The Metropolitan Sanitary District and The Illinois Toll Road Commission. Following this stint he began a nine year career as a rewriteman on the Tribune’s city desk. Later on he covered the Federal Courts in Chicago. He then became a Telegraph rewriteman and later a general assignments reporter and utility beat man before finishing his career in the Tribune’s DuPage bureau, retiring June 30. 1992.

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