Are We our Own Worst Enemy?
By Rev. Dr. D.A. Kjono
Notwithstanding the huge problems our economy faces from external threats to our National Security, it seems our own political processes and over sight, for supposedly “Free People” may be part of the problem rather than solution. How can the once, and still could be, greatest nation on the planet have relinquished such a lofty formal role to a ‘fraidy cat’ and ‘big chicken’?
I stand with millions of veterans who still believe in America. I am also among the many who remember fallen comrades that died for your right to be free and Constitutionally oppose the sometime ridiculous nature of a political process that is exactly that; Political in its Process. From the halls of elementary schools to the front lines of over-seas wars being politically correct was thought to be a dying battle cry, yet is still heard loud and clear at home and abroad.
While we face seemingly insurmountable inflation, devaluation of the dollar, soaring National Debt and an upcoming presidential election that should rival the like of P.T. Barnum in its offering of candidates nearly ¾ of our fellow Americans think it’s only going to get worse before it gets better. That is if we pass by October 21, 2011 and December 21, 2012 without universal consequences. We have economists, inventors, educators and home-schooled teenagers all offering their personal solutions to our collective plight yet we still seem to be stymied by a singular, overriding factor; The United States Government.
Instead of everyone doing their part to bring us out of this slump we instead have a big “but” that is gumming up the works. Everyone but the government is doing their part to help us climb out of this financial hole being dug deeper by our own politicians. Was Bin Laden correct? Are we indeed our own worst enemy? The learned and astute on these issues seem to have an answer, at least in part to our collective dilemma.
“The good news, he says, is that the problem is still fixable, and has some inexpensive solutions. … The Travel Association has also proposed a simple, four-point plan for “common sense entry reforms” that Dow says would create an estimated 1.3 million new jobs and bring in $858 billion into the U.S. economy by 2020. …”If you treat every traveler as a terrorist, [security work] becomes very difficult.”
Indeed, despite U.S. visa policies that treat all Latinos as immigrants vying for American jobs …it might just be Uncle Sam who is denying more Americans a better shot at living the dream themselves.”(1)
I like this approach which appears to have the opposite meaning of the statement of “keeping our friends close and enemies closer”. In essence it really means keeping our allies as close to us as possible while making our enemies step back. We’re so close to having a one world government, we already have doctors without borders and the pro socio-politico stance of “no man is an island unto himself” that I believe this might just work.
As the ULC membership grows it shows us there is at least a common goal, if not solidarity, in the idealism of each and every one of us doing our part to bring America back to the united front it once was. To stand together with our many individual flags raised under a singular idea of freedom, to understand what liberty is all about instead of allowing our enemies to lock us up tight in our social processes.
What is worse, while our enemies run free about the world, we sit as a huddle mass locked into our homes letting fear dictate our actions, ignorance perpetuate the problem and our political process knowingly and deliberately exasperate the situation instead of solving our collective problem. So, in this light, are we our own worst enemy?
I love this country and what it has stood for over 225 years. And, while all great empires rise and eventually fall, I’d hate to see ours get kicked back to its knees before we’ve truly had a chance to not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. It’s humiliating, not humbling, to be in such a position when could be running, jumping and kicking our heels up in our pursuit of Life, Liberty and Happiness.
Blessings of Peace,