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President’s PERSPECTIVE Slippery Slope ’m not sure when we started the slide. Maybe it began in the ’60s with the “if it feels good, do it” mindset. Perhaps it was the ’70s when we learned that the president was less than a hero. Perhaps it was disco music melting brain cells or simply the excesses of the ’90s. I know that somehow, while we were busy looking elsewhere, we evolved from a democratic republic with majority rule to a multi-targeted, revisionist history writing, minority rule society. We have become more concerned with feelings than doing the right thing. We have allowed the manipulation of our Constitution by activist judges to undermine our basic tenets of democratic rule. I use the collective “we” because we don’t speak up. We allow protests by a handful of people to form public opinion. We allow ten second sound bites to replace debate, and we let the media shape our thoughts. There is nothing wrong with anyone celebrating their personal heritage but drop the hyphen when you describe yourself. If you are a citizen of this country you’re an American. The language of this country is English; please learn it. If we continue to divide ourselves based on ethnic background, national heritage or language, we will continue down the slippery slope we’re on. Also, if we continue to stay home or find something better to do rather than vote when provided the opportunity, we deserve everything we get. When you see pictures of fledgling democracies casting first-time votes you appreciate what we now take for granted. In those countries people wait in lines for as long as eight hours when we won’t even wait 15 minutes because we consider it inconvenient. I Jim Smith If we continue to divide ourselves based on ethnic background, national heritage or language, we will continue down the slippery slope we’re on. We were warned over two-hundred years ago that democracies are doomed to failure not from the outside but from within. A lethargic society more concerned with the “me” mindset will simply roll over and die. All because we continue to allow ourselves to be divided by race, income, the area where we live, the car we drive or the clothes we wear. We continue to allow celebrities to carry more weight on the stage of public opinion then they deserve. We do things because we all just want to get along and we don’t want to appear insensitive or uncaring. We won’t do what we need to do to protect our borders because we don’t want to be perceived as using racial profiling. We’ll continue to do what is considered “politically correct” right up ‘til the time we realize we totally fouled up the greatest experiment in the history of mankind. When we perform the last rights most will want to point fingers, make accusations or simply lay blame on anyone but themselves. Trouble is, that scenario has everybody pointing fingers at everybody else. There is no country that has been or will be as giving and caring as this country has been. When tragedy strikes we’re the first ones there. That fact of life lets me have a somewhat optimistic view that we can pull out of the tailspin we’re in. The vision and sacrifice made by the founders still exists in the dark recesses of our addled brains. We just have to figure how to use that part of the brain where it was sent to hide. Where does the trip to redemption begin? How do we recapture the essence of what this country was founded on? Well, for starters we can get off our widening behinds and vote every time we’re presented the opportunity. We can replace sensitivity with sensibility. ❍ Petrogram | Fall 2009 |
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Petrogram - Fall 2009
Petrogram - Fall 2009
Welcome, New Board Members
Spotlight on FPMA’s 2009 Convention & Trade Show!
Protecting Your Business
Impacts of the American Clean Energy and Security Act
Out & About the Industry
SPECIAL REPORT: U.S. Petroleum Industry Statistics
Why (Your Insurance Company Thinks) Your Tank Insurance Policy Is Worthless
Index of Advertisers/Advertiser.com
Petrogram - Fall 2009
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