Sometimes being quiet might keep some friends - but it can also drive you insane...
I usually don’t like talking about politics. On this site I have lost many supporters for views which they didn’t like. I’ve tried to “tow the line” and keep my views in perspective. But sometimes this becomes impossible to do.
Our government is all over the board anymore. Where do I start? Well, let’s travel to India where President Bush has agreed to give the Indian government the help they need to produce and expand on their nuclear technology. The Indian government is not the friendliest government we know - just ask Pakistan. The reason we are doing this is to help their growing nation have the energy they need without dipping to heavily into the worlds oil supply. It’s OK for India to have this power but not Iran?
Let’s stay in that region and look at Iraq. We went in there to stop terrorism. There seems to be more of it now then there was before we got in there. Then the message changed. “The United States was promoting democracy!” If that is true , what about Saudi Arabia and all the other monarch governments in that region?
We’re fighting wars where our objective seems to be lost. Since entering Afghanistan then spreading to Iraq, there have been over 25,000 casualties. We hear the lower number for the deaths and somehow we don’t like it, but can accept it for being low. But we never hear of the 25,000 which grows daily.
Economists have warned us about “negative savings.” For the last three months as a nation we are spending more then we make. Vice President Cheney says “we need to do a better job of saving.” If an official of his power says something shouldn’t he also be accountable for the same savings plan? The last I seen our government is spending money faster then it can be made.
I would love to save money and not live in fear of losing my job. I don’t live an extravagant lifestyle. I pay my monthly bills along with a mortgage and credit card bills. The credit card bills are for gas when my paycheck can’t be spread out for two weeks. But the majority of this bill is for medical bills and prescriptions. Even with insurance and a drug card I can’t pay these bills from my paycheck.
I sit back and watch as our American workforce continues to lose jobs. Some due to outsourcing, while others are lost to our own gluttony. Auto makers continue to lose income because our vehicles are big with no practical use and economically unfeasible. Somehow we continue to support big oil and the greed for which it stands. Our answer for the unpredictability of this energy source is to drill in Alaska. We continue to throw money around, feeding our addictions, with no clear plan for our future.
In the 1940s it took three years to develop and implement the Manhattan Project. With the technology of today, I would like to believe we could totally eliminate oil from our country. If we truly wanted too. Not only would we once again become independent, but we would also have no further need for a lobbying group that seems to own our politicians. Nor would we be relying on governments we shouldn't rely on.
I think it is time to start removing our blinders and see the path we are headed down. We are slowly becoming a two-tier democracy. The people with money and those without. If you don’t think so, then revisit everything that happened during Hurricane Katrina.
This November we have a chance to voice our concerns. Become informed and vote. Let it be heard around the world that Americans cherish this right. 50% turn-out won’t do. Let’s try 90-100%. Let Washington know that we have a voice.
As Ronald Reagan once asked, "Are you better off now then you were four years ago?"
(c)2006 Dave Harm
Web Site: Creating Dreams
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|Reviewed by Sandy Knauer
|Great article, Dave. I'm glad to see you post this. I don't value any friend I have to 'keep quiet' to keep. Sometimes what we don't say is much more dangerous than anything we could say. As for Author's Den, I mostly consider it an extra web site. There is no constructive criticism of writing, and few comments if you get on the wrong side of the cliques - which is so junior high, it makes the site look rather - well, unprofessional?? With the absence of true critiques, you might think the forum was open to discussion. But that's not true either. Try and post a response to this comment.. the site won't let you.
If the stats are anywhere near accurate, I receive approximately 1 comment for every 100 hits. Even allowing for the extra hits that accumulate when someone can't get off the page, that leaves a lot of readers who don't post comments. Or maybe someone comes in every day and clicks on everything I've written without reading? Maybe it's the person who is keeping tabs on who posts and doesn't review others, checking to see who reviewed me so that person can be kicked out of the clique?
Anyway, if my opinion matters at all - I appreciate this excellent article, I commend you for writing the truth and asking the important questions, and I hope you will keep writing what motivates you - I'm sure people are reading, even if they don't leave comments.