What Has America Become

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    What has America become?

    What Has America Become" was the title of a letter to the editior written by Ken Huber of Tawas City, Michigan. It contains a series of comparisons and contrasts which causes one to think about the double-standards and conditions under which we now live here in America.

    A reprint of the article has been circulating online (see photo with this article) finding its way to Fort Worth and possibly all over the nation. It was originally printed in the Iosco County News Herald on June 9, 2010, published in the Opinion column


    Editor,

    Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?

    Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it's a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we're racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don't burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama's policies you're a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

    You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

    We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don't want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

    And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who's at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

    What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

    - Ken Huber
    Tawas City
     
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    Oh brother *rolls eyes*. He hit almost every talking point in the righty talking points maual didn't he. Clever.
     
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    He hit the nail on the head is what he did.
     
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    No, not really. Individual opinions don't count for much - and backasswards opinions at that... and like I said, every talking point is present and accounted for.
     
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    Yes. Sometimes the truth becomes talking points. People repeating what they have learned to be true.
     
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    America has become exactly what Americans want it to become. They have expressed their preference by ballot and that is VERY American.

    America doesn't stop being American just because one side finds itself on the short end of the ballot box.
     
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    Ok, good to know then. I will put that nativity scene then this Christmas on the lawn of the courthouse. So you think it's okay then to do testing on animals instead of embryos? So that's wrong too. My, imagine that. YOu don't get around much in your community do you, to see what's going on. Well I do. And while that letter came from Michigan and I'm in Washington, I can tell you that that's is EXACTLY what is going on. We are afraid to look crosseyed at blacks or gays or anybody else for fear of either "offending" them or being accused of being "intolerant." We can't say boo to a Muslim but you people can criticize Mormons up one side and down the other. You're against the death penalty unless the victim happens to be black. and on and on and on.
     
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    America has become a plutocracy. Those with the most cash have the most influence. Makes me sick to see this happen. The working class is slowly being chisseled down until they have nothing. Its a concerted effort that is denied by only those who BLINDLY use patriotism for a guise.
     
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    Ken sounds angry to me.

    I feel like I'm somewhat with him except that I'm not sure some of those things are actually for real.

    I mean, it feels like to me that I see nativity scenes more than anything at Christmas time, and it doesn't really bug me or not bug me.

    I just don't see or haven't met very many people who are offended by it.

    Do I think God belongs in a classroom? As a topic of study, sure, but in terms of integrating religious philosophies or values or attitudes in education, I would have to say no because I feel that an individual's religion is something that is for them. Correct me if you think I'm speaking out of my ass, but it seems conservative to me to want to uphold the integrity of all religions by practicing it in the privacy and in the realm of its own thing and should be separate from the big picture items that exist in the real world where our common purpose is universal and shared even if our religious beliefs are different.

    I always liked Ronald Reagan in his religiosity. He was very private about his faith in a way that reminded me of my grandparents, also from his generation. To me, I always felt that his values were more informed by the evolution of his own thinking that combined facts and fairness and advice and perhaps his religious faith, too, but it was not something that dominated his personality the way we see it now with Rick Santorum and that bunch that really puts a lot of that stuff right up front.

    Doesn't mean I want nativity scenes out of shopping malls or parks or anything, it's just that I don't know if Ken's outrage is really based on a real problem on that one.

    America houses more of its citizens in prisons as a percentage of its population than any other industrialized nation.

    I sincerely believe that the crime-industry is doing just great because of that statistic. It just adds to the bloat in totally wasteful system that needs to see reforms. It's a serious discussion worth having, but I think Ken and I are looking at it in completely different ways.

    I should like to have it said (forgive me, I've been youtube-ing old speeches from Presidents and I've been listening to some FDR), so anyway, I should like to have it said it would be far more economical for the country if we were to seriously review many of the light drug offenses that have amounted to serious time for otherwise normal and productive people who are being put up at great taxpayer expense.

    I don't think any American forgives the actions of real criminals. I just don't get what Ken is getting at there. I just think it would save some money if we get some young and able adults some real training at something and a pathway to a job, some dignity, a work ethic, so that they end up paying taxes and contributing to real things we need to look after like an aging boomer population that will demand some real savings and smarts and investments in order to make it a workable transition.

    I just think it's a waste to throw some young man in jail because he was boneheaded enough to get caught with marijuana or buying marijuana or even selling a small amount of it. We're just asking to turn people away from their potential and into a spiraling reality of constant failure.

    I think many zero tolerance laws are extreme. Bi-product of big government interference.
     

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