Open Letter to My Fellow Americans

Dear fellow Americans,

I hate to be rude

But you seem to be sticking your head in the sand

Painting by Anthony Freda:

ostrich head in sand
ostrich head in sand

I think you’re missing something

You might want to pay a little attention

You might want to look behind you

The authorities have been saying that everything will be okay … But you might want to question authority

Those running our government are a little unclear on the concept

They’ve assumed the economy, environment and society are self-sustaining … but that’s not true:

For example, unless the government starts doing the things wLinkhich will heal the economy, the economy will tank worse than in the Great Depression.

Unless the government stops allowing bee-killing products like genetically modified foods and dangerous pesticides, the environment (including our food supply) will collapse.

It is time to stop living like a nation of young brothers believing that God or the “unseen hand” of capitalism will make everything right for us (If there is a God, he wants us to be his hands in the world and fight against injustice; and even the father of capitalism – Adam Smith – did not believe in a magically benevolent market which operates for the benefit of all without any checks and balances). It is time to stop living like a nation of young sisters who believe that daddy government will make sure that we all ride into the sunset and live the Hollywood, happy ending.

It is time to grow up and take responsibility for our own destiny.

Remember the story of the guy who is in a flood? He prays to God to save him. Then a neighbor shouts from his rooftop “Here’s a rope — grab on!”. The guy responds “no, God will save me”. Then someone in a rowboat rows by shouting “get in!” The guy responds “no, God will save me”. Finally a helicopter flies by, but the guy waives it away, saying “no, God will save me”. The guy drowns and goes to Heaven. St. Peter says “why are you here?” The guy responds “I was waiting for God to save me!” St. Peter said “we sent you a rope, a rowboat and a helicopter … what were you waiting for?!”

We can’t be like this guy. We’ve got free will, intelligence, imagination, a mouth and ears to communicate with, and hands to work with.

If we don’t use them to solve our problems and create a better place to live in, we will be like the guy who drowns in the flood.

It is time to grow up and take responsibility for ourselves. WE have to figure out what we as a people and a nation want, and how we are going to get there.

Grow up or blow up: its our choice.

No one is going to do it for us. Our government is broke beyond repair. Our politicians are too corrupt and incompetent to help us. It doesn’t matter which party is in power. They won’t and can’t fix anything.

We are the ones we’ve been waiting for.

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