Let’s make Whitley County count

Our nation was founded as a Constitutional Republic by which the populace would send citizen legislators to Washington, D.C. to conduct the nation’s business on our behalf. What has transpired since the founding is a travesty.

We now have 535 people to represent all 350 million of us. We the people have the responsibility to each other to see to it that this select group of people look out for us Indiana as well as the other 49 states and various territories as well as the District of Columbia. What started as a noble endeavor has turned into a quagmire whose odor is stifling.

We now have a group of people who have succeeded in creating various boxes of people to whom they are beholden. We have gays, lesbians, blacks, Asians and Hispanics. We have the Congressional Black Caucus, The NAACP, NARAL, powerful unions, Tea Parties, Republicans, Democrats, Independents, atheists, Jews and a slew of other interest groups demanding attention. What has been diluted is the notion that we are Americans. First and foremost, we are Americans. If you happen to be black some want to be called African-American. Does that mean they have dual citizenship? If I am of Germanic decent, should I demand to be called German-American? And for that matter a person whose heritage can be traced to any country, should they then be boxed into that category? No, we are Americans.

What has been lost in this debate is the vital national interest of The United States of America. The pathetic lack of enforcing the southern border by this administration. The economic crisis brought on by a total lack of oversight by the Congress. The continued dependance on foreign oil. The lack of courage to do the right thing with our nation’s finances. Adding unsustainable debt on us, Americans.

The next time you hear a Congressional member harp about foreign oil consider this. The United States of America has 21 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The U.S. Department of the Interior estimates the total volume of undiscovered, technically recoverable prospective resources in all areas of the United States, including the Federal Outer Continental Shelf, the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska, and the Bakken Formation total 134 billion barrels of crude oil. Please note that net imports of oil account for nearly half of the US trade deficit. Also noteworthy is the United States maintains a Strategic Petroleum Reserve at four sites in the Gulf of Mexico, with a total capacity of 727 million barrels of crude oil. The maximum total withdrawal capability from this reserve is 4.4 million barrels per day. This is roughly 32 percent of US oil imports, or 75 percent of imports from OPEC. So you might want to ask yourself, what are our citizen legislators doing about making us dependant on foreign oil?

On immigration it was interesting to read the letter from the gentleman who so loved this country he went through the legitimate process to become a citizen. Do you know that right now, today perhaps, the Senate is voting on S.2205? It was supposed to be a Defense Appropriation bill. Senator Harry Reid attached what is called The Dream Act to this bill. In essence it will allow persons here illegally to gain citizenship by default. Wanna know why? Votes! Can you imagine the votes all those “new citizens” will cast for the Democrats? A whole lot. But to attach it to a Defense Appropriation  Bill is outrageous. Both our Hoosier Senators are for this and will vote for it. My apologies to the gentleman who waited years to go through the process.

Because of the letter-to-the-editor feature of this newspaper, I am able to present my points of view. Some agree, some disagree. But unless a free people speak out freedom will wither and die. Or at least be altered. I am a person who is not without fault. I recently had the privilege of hearing a message from the pulpit that centered on the book of Matthew. Particularly the passages concerning the speck in your neighbor’s eye, as opposed to the log in your own eye. As I am an imperfect person with a lot of experience, it is easy for me to sit on Circle Drive and write these letters. However, when injustices are being intentionaly perpetrated by a corrupt Congress, a socialist marxist communist oriented executive branch, I believe it is incumbant on anyone, and morally responsible, to step forward and denounce these acts. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.” Do you believe our nation is in great moral conflict? I do.

This upcoming mid-term election is not a Republican issue, it is not a Democrat issue, nor an Independent or Tea Party issue. It is not a gay issue, lesbian issue, black issue, Hispanic or Asian issue. It is an American issue. Speak your voice by voting. Can’t make a difference you say? The recent Senatorial Primary in Alaska was won by just 2,000 votes. Remember the battle between Bush and Gore? I think Florida won it for Bush with just 537 votes. Frankly, if you don’t vote, then don’t complain. I really think it would be neat if all of Busco voted. How about it, can you make Whitley County Count?

Dave Cooper,


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