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American Demise
An Inside Job ...

By Ron Lee
The Verbal Assassin

Okay, where do we draw the line? You know the line, the one that states our government has gone too far, or has stopped too short, to protect our liberties.

Yeah, that line.

The one our forefathers knew all too well that a government system could cross and stipulated in the most renowned political document, our Constitution, that it was each citizens duty to do something about it should the government ever grow into an oppressive, tax-heavy, republic-free entity.

Am I talking an armed rebellion? No. That would be crazy and besides I wouldn't feel all too safe trumpeting that call in fear of some vehicular accident or (assisted) suicide that would end my existence.

What I am saying is that there needs to be unification and recently both sides of the political mainstream have found themselves agreeing on some key issues that could and should lead to the betterment of the American way. But will it?

In the Terry Schiavo case we found that agreeing doesn't always lead to action. Here was an innocent who our own justice system and government decided to kill, not by any loving peaceful way like we offer our animals in their last days, a simple shot and they "go to sleep." No, they starved / dehydrated her to death. A form of torture I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. We treat our own death row inmates with more regard by granting their wish of a last meal, of whatever (within reason) they want, before they are executed.

The legalities of the case aren't in question, it's the morality of the order that is. The disregard of the millions of Americans who banned together in their cries of opposition, wanting the feeding tube reinserted was absolutely unethical and immoral of our system to ignore, and once again proved that this is no longer a government of the people, for the people, by the people.

But even as the courts continually ruled to nullify her life, the thousand that gathered around her hospice, with the exception of a few true patriots of righteousness, did nothing but complain that it was unjust and wrong. The labeled "extremist tree-huggers" who block logging roads with their bodies do more to get physically and politically involved in their beliefs. How is it that those thousands of Americans, who are supposed to live for truth and justice, didn't just walk in and say, "No. We won't tolerate this. Put the tube back in."

Are we that afraid of our government and the "justice" system that it spurs us to inaction?

For me personally, yes. If I have to stand it alone I, too, would roll on my morality, but I am not talking about an individual. I'm talking about a unified group who had the power to right a wrong.

Now we have new issues that beg our action. One is the invasion taking place along our southern border states. Ask anyone, of any political affiliation, who legally lives in these places and they will tell you that enough is enough.

Legal immigration is wanted and accepted as a part of our melting-pot culture, but this kowtowing to illegals and acceptance of their cultural ideals and language is not American. Even our Constitution mandates that Congress must act in the face of any invasion, yet they do nothing. Many now, seeing their inaction, are taking matters in their own hands and the "Minute Men" garnered much due respect for protecting the rest of us who do nothing but sit around and complain. Yes, I lump myself in this category to. As a writer, complaining is the nature of the business, but no more ... I want -- need -- things to change. I have a daughter who will inherit my inaction, and I personally want her to be proud that I honored my own integrity in action and didn't just leave her to pick up the pieces.

The time has come to petition our government to adopt a singular language, English. While this would not ban the speaking of other languages, it would ensure that the American culture isn't subverted and be made to endure bilingual ads, airport announcements in Spanish, and government leaflets and documents. I'm tired of tax dollars being spent toward the printing and production of Spanish language items. I would much rather spend my tax dollars toward naturalized citizens' EFL classes. That's right, English as a First Language. We are not a secondary culture.

We must also stop benefiting illegals by providing free health care. Should anyone be allotted free health care it should be citizens of the United States.

Am I a proponent for a socialized health care system? Well, should it mean the end of free care for free-loading illegals who swarm our hospitals, yes.

C'mon people, let's stand up and let our voices be heard and actually take action! We don't want to be a 3rd world nation! We don't want our American Way destroyed! We don't want our flag, Old Glory, to be flown lower than our neighboring countries, within our borders!

And for me, the most profound issue we face today, the Patriot Act - the perfect guise to remove your and my Constitutionally given rights. Freedoms are often usurped by a masked effort to protect.

I still remember in the final Town Hall style presidential debate when one American stood in concern to losing his rights by the passing of the Patriot Act. In his Elmer Fuddish way, President Bush responded in surprise that people might feel that liberties were being taken, that in his belief it was designed to protect them.

And now we face the new revised Patriot Act, one that states that if the government decides you are subversive, you will be labeled extremist, radical, and even terrorist, to provide them the ability, without cause or regard of the Constitution, to detain you and violate every form of search and seizure right granted real citizens. Yes, everyone can be put on the government "watch" list.

The American public no longer knows the meaning of personal responsibility, especially when it comes to changing the system. We sue cigarette manufacturers for our own personal choice to smoke. We file suits against coffee companies when we carelessly spill our own coffees on our laps and get burned. And with every instance we distance ourselves from our own personal obligation to be responsible and take real action.

I implore you ... Take a stand. Unite. Let us be the America of old, and let us put the people back in power.

I call on each of you to write me and tell me your grievance, and while I may not share your view, I will fight for your right to speak your mind and petition for a better way.

Let us finally come together and act! To do otherwise will be the suicide of our American Way.

About the Author: Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since 1985. He attended Richmond University in London where he focused on theatre arts, and the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored in criminal justice and psychology. He currently spends his time helping the US~Observer's clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting style. Ron may be reached at Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32



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