|OPINION AND COMMENT by Teresa Starcher|
We are all saps. The entire population of these United States of America
should go around with the word sap, printed across our forehead. This should be
the least of our punishment because it is very apparent, by our own actions or
lack of implementing this verb, which has landed us into this fine kettle of fish.
Wherein we are left to stew in our own juices until our benevolent Uncle Sam has
decreed that we are quite well done.
Now I will be the first person to admit that I am a complete nobody. But I am a
citizen of The United States and our Bill of Rights states that I am free to voice
my opinion, as are we all. We are masters at playing the blame game and excel in
being “Bush bashers”. Yet the truth of the matter is that the fault lies with us.
”Where’s our sign” WE ARE STUPID!
We moan and groan about the state of our economy but we never do anything
about it. I say we turn radical about the whole thing and just simply refuse to play
along with our government’s cute games and stop jumping through their little
hoops like trained puppies.
Take our gas price situation for instance. The US exports gas far below the price
of its imports. While we export gas for around $34/bbl, we simultaneously import
it for about $40. Who is paying the difference in price? Saps like us, that’s
Don’t you feel at least a bit irate when you fill your tank on Monday morning to go
to work that week? Or have you already lost your job due to the price of steel?
And if you had your ears on then you know what happened with the steel industry
and its embargo. Bless Bush, but too little too late.
Our government is supposed to be duly elected by the people so here again it’s
our fault. The president himself, who we have chosen is controlled by the rulings
of Congress whom also are voted in by yours truly.
So I would suppose it to be more prudent of us, instead of radically staging a
national walkout or sit down strike for every individual trying to hold down a job
and maintain a career, to simply put more thought into making the wisest choice
possible when casting our votes.
Also I think a letter writing campaign can be effective with our congress, as are
petitions to the local representative of our district. These aren’t hard steps to
take toward stopping the rising cost of gasoline. We’re not asking for civil war
here, but we need to find our voice.
In reality I suppose we will accept all this just as we mostly have done in the
past and just sit on our hands as gas prices climb to $ 3.00 per gallon. After all
we must go to work, or shopping or on vacation. Yeap, there’s no help for it. We
must get to work and pay our taxes. Must we?