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Over the summer of 2010 I began to ask myself, "what do you do if two of our Rights, as citizens of these United States, are diametrically opposed?" I came to the only viable conclusion: you compromise. Our great Nation works when there is compromise.

Right now most of you will agree with me that our political system is broken. What we currently have is: the politics of destruction; special interest groups who have the power and money to dictate policy; politicians who must spend their time raising money for the next election instead of doing the People's business; and, there are those who are so concerned about getting re-elected they cede their responsibilities to the citizenry to those groups making the loudest noises and the greatest threats.

The attacks that we were inundated with during the this election cycle belittled the democratic process. Shame on everyone involved. And, shame on the political obstructionists who are more interested in gaining and maintaining power than doing the people’s business. During these very difficult times all of us should be supporting our President. The challenge for all of us is, how do we improve upon this imperfect union that we call the United States of America? One thing I know for is not by dividing us.

I can remember when I was sixteen years old there was a day when my father called out to me, "Jackie, come quickly. You have to hear this. It's Winston Churchill. Come listen." I raced to the radio and for the first time heard a recording of Churchill's speech to a Nation standing alone against the greatest evil the world has ever known: "...we shall defend our island no matter what the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; and we shall not surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until in God's good time, the New World, with all it's power and might, steps forth to the rescue and liberation of The Old."

That day my hero was born. Where are our heroes today? jkt

Friday, July 20, 2012

Fomenters of Violence

The fomenters of violence have a grip on our nation, leaving those of us who wish to live in a civilized society with no recourse.

Today's slaughter of 12 innocent moviegoers and the wounding of 50 others in Colorado is the latest gun tragedy that highlights the need for common sense gun control. Polls show that the majority of citizens want it. The National Rifle Association loses all credibility when it prevents us from stemming the flow of guns into the hands of terrorists, criminals and the mentally ill.

Why can't we get this done? Because half of our politicians use this wedge issue to win the "gun" vote and the rest are so cowed by the NRA and other pro gun organizations that they lack the courage to stand up to them and pass the laws.

ABC reported several years ago that 60,000 children in the United States have died from guns in the previous 10 years. And yet, the gun advocates will tell you that this is the price of liberty.

Well, there were words that came before those in the Second Amendment. Permanently embedded in the fabric of our nation are the words of our forefathers who declared us all to be endowed with the unalienable right to LIFE, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

As with all great civilizations, when power becomes, for power’s sake; when violence is glorified; when debauchery becomes entertainment; and, when superstition and ignorance are victorious….soon comes the fall.