Published DateTo the editor,
As I'm not sure how the headlines for such a letters are concocted by the editors, I would like to take my first paragraph of this letter to the readers in naming this letter "Imagine".
Imagine a country where the government prohibits or limits the ability of its citizens to own weapons for self-defense, promising that the governments can protect them on the spot. Where the states within that country pass laws that make it very difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain and carry weapons for the purpose of self-defense, or limit the capacity of those weapons to less than the criminals are using. Yet do very little or nothing to correct the situation of the mentally ill and criminals from obtaining the same very weapons to use against the law-abiding citizens. Imagine that that country's government would purchase with the taxpayers' dollars far more rounds of ammunition that is normally needed for its missions. That it is either purchasing this ammunition in order to drive the prices artificially high and create shortages for the citizens, or that it is doing so in fear that the citizens will arise against the government.
Imagine a country where the government takes control of the largest service industry (health care) and then passes legislation dictating that everyone of its citizens must purchase this industries products. Then the government forms a panel of non-elected and non-medical personnel that are responsible for dictating to the individual what level of service they will qualify for. Imagine that the government will now fund this industry with the taxpayer's dollars. And that the government will pass laws dictating that this new government service will also be used to track personal information on all of its citizens.
Imagine a country where the government will take vast amounts of the citizens tax dollars in order to distribute it to organizations and unions that back the political party currently controlling the government. That it also distributes these dollars in vast amounts to companies that are failing because their products are either far too costly or do not perform to a standard that is acceptable such as producing low-cost affordable energy. Imagine that the CEOs and other high-ranking company personnel become wealthy on these contributions as the companies go bankrupt.
Imagine a country whose government blocks the exploration and production of fossil fuel energy within its own borders and the importation of inexpensive fossil fuel energies from its friendly neighbor's. Then this country passes legislation dictating that the citizens will start using more inefficient and expensive alternative energy sources. That this government will also passes legislation that effectively stops new production of inexpensive nuclear energy.
Imagine a country who opens its borders uninhibited to all. The government would have in place laws that cover immigration policies for those who want to go through a legal procedure to be a citizen. They have in place laws for those who come from other countries who would like to use our education system or work temporarily and contribute taxes. And they have in place laws that are supposed to prohibit people from other countries who desire to come here but not under the above conditions, yet the government refuses to uphold and prosecute offenders of these laws, essentially opening the borders to all. Imagine that these people come here outside of the legal procedures and work within our borders paying no taxes. And that the government extends to all of these people the welfare services meant for this government's citizens and paid for by those who work and pay taxes legally.
Imagine a country whose high court system and federal judges dictate law instead of interpreting law and upholding and prosecuting law.
Imagine a country whose government proposes laws based on its belief that; it can control swings in a capitalistic market, it can control crime by eliminating all guns, its citizens are all entitled to the same services, goods, and shelter regardless of what they have done to earn these, and on current disasters to name a few. Imagine that this government dictates that these laws be passed in the most expedient time frame with little or no debate or scrutiny about the law, and in some cases dictating that those voting on the law don't read through the law but just vote to pass it.
Imagine a country where the press is not held to high standard of reporting the truth. Where they can withhold or even fabricate facts. Where they can report in such a manner as to spin the truth so that the citizens who depend on this press for information especially about their government are deceived and influenced into following the government's dictates without question. A press that withholds information, and reports non-facts and lies in order to protect the government administration from detection and prosecution in the use of illegal acts. That this press, through its method of presenting, demonizes members of one political party while bolstering members of another party. Where the press withholds information or reports faulty information in order to hide and cover up illegal acts of the government. Where the press, through its means of reporting, is a major influence on how the citizens of that country vote.
Imagine a country whose government illegally uses the departments within the government especially those responsible for tax collection and tax status in order to block the funding of political groups that are opposed to the political party currently administering the government. Where such tactics are a successful way of the preventing the funding opposing political parties and therefore manipulating the way the citizens vote in essence keeping the party of the current administration in power.
Imagine a country where the government controls the way their citizens think by controlling the education of the country. Passing laws that every citizen must attend school up to a certain age, that the citizens must pay large sums of taxes to support the schools and teachers in order to fulfill this law, and that these monies must go towards the government schools and not be used in the case where parents would choose for their children to attend other education opportunities. Where the test scores from the students in these schools in the basic disciplines show results far lower than most countries. Where teachers are required to be members of powerful unions heavily influenced by the government political party. Where the government passes laws dictating what is to be taught in the schools and how it is to be taught including how students should think about their government and about moral issues. Where the government education system is indoctrinating the students in thinking along that political parties ideologies. In effect...influencing how those students will vote for political issues in the future.
Imagine you have a country based on a constitution and amendments that have been successful in making it the most powerful, wealthiest, and free country in the world. And that you have politicians in some of its political parties that are constantly attempting to tear apart and do away with either the whole Constitution or major parts of it, using all sorts of arguments to try to justify changing the basic political makeup of that country.
Now... Imagine that that country is the United States of America.