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‘Our country is screwed’

Borden Gewin

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Our country is screwed. For the last two decades the Republican Party has destroyed the heart of America, and it’s high time we did something about it. The Democrats are weak, the Republicans are power hungry, and both are greedy. No superman will “save the day.” It is time for us Americans, the backbone of this country, to stand up and take this great nation back.

Our jobs being packed, wrapped and shipped overseas is a direct result of the “free market” idea we were sold in the ’80s. Our job security is gone and our wages aren’t rising as fast as prices are. The value of the dollar, once the foundation for the global economy, is falling to record lows. The young economies of other developed nations are surpassing our own. The United States is on its way out and control of our future was stolen while we slept.

Our collective health is worse now than ever before. Obesity, the epidemic that most threatens our society, is not being addressed. While our children grow fatter we continue to buy them video games, feed them unhealthy foods and hope they just leave us alone. We watch the weeknight dramas that help us escape the mundane world we in which we trapped.

While the world begs us to reduce our pollution, the Bush Administration cuts environmental standards and gives tax breaks to the most harmful industries. Our immune system was destroyed while we prayed for affordable health insurance.

America is as safe now as it would be if an unlicensed drunken driver were behind the wheel. Since the start of a war on terror, violent terrorist attacks have risen to record-setting levels across the globe. While the terrorists attack for the occupations of their countries in the 1980s, we sow the seeds for tomorrow’s attacks by invading the same countries today. The plan Ronald Reagan set in motion more than 20 years ago is going strong today. Destroying small nations today helps build our great wartime economy of tomorrow. Since the birth of the Cold War, the United States has pursued a policy of continual war for continual economic stimulus.

For these reasons, and countless others, it is high time that we took our nation back from those who would destroy it to fatten their bank accounts. While health insurance and benefits disappear, corporate executives reap record profits. While wages stagnate, inflation rises. While hurricanes attack our homeland, the first line of defense is on extended deployment on the other side of the globe. While the rich get richer, the poor get poorer and we get nothing.

It’s time we save ourselves from most certain destruction. Our elected officials are busy pandering to the money, and have forgotten about us. When they stop listening, it’s time we force our voice. Force the dissent. Voice the anger.

Revolution is the only answer.

The Declaration of Independence states, “Whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute a new Government.”

Change wasn’t easy for our Founding Fathers, and it won’t be easy for us. It will be right and just and shall not fail.

Borden Gewin

Sophomore

Political Science

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