The United States has shown time and again the courageous ability to look any danger in the eye and stare it down. Action against such danger is often too late. America then re-acts.
The tragedies of 9/11 are a good example. Intelligence was readily available but poorly evaluated, therefore no preventive action was taken.
Today, the United States faces two of the greatest threats it has confronted in its 200-plus years of existence. One, the more urgent, energy independence, is a threat to the very continuance of its vibrant economy. The second, a slower death, is the uncontrolled invasion by illegal aliens across the U.S.-Mexican border. Entering the United States illegally establishes the fact that each entrant is a criminal. Most speak no English. For the most part, they do not intend to speak English.
They seek a haven, as soon as possible, in communities that already have large numbers of Hispanic populations. Those who can't find a haven quite often resort to crime for their very survival. One-third of all crime in the United States is reportedly committed by non-citizens.
The number of illegal immigrants is estimated to be some 12 to 20 million. No one really knows.
And still, they cross a relatively unguarded border by the hundreds of thousands each year. Active border enforcement has led to the prosecution of two Border Guards, convicted on the testimony of an illegal alien who was shot in the buttocks by one of the Border Guards during an attempted arrest. The “victim” was bringing about 100 pounds of narcotics into the United States at the time. The same illegal alien is now suing the imprisoned Border Guards for millions of dollars with the support of the U.S. government.
So much for Mexican border protection by the U.S. government.
There is little need for a discussion of the only border solution considered so far, amnesty, proposed by a failed Congress, mired in its own muck of incompetence.
Reports from the highest levels of Homeland Security indicate that Al Qaeda may very well be using the U.S.-Mexican border gateway for entry into the United States for the purpose of establishing cells for future destruction of U.S. property with the greatest number of human lives taken at the same time.
Former Speaker of the U.S. House, Newt Gingrich, has predicted the loss of a U.S. city in the next 10 years, taking hundreds of thousands of lives.
By the time the United States reacts and builds a 2,000-mile fence, additional millions will have crossed the border.
No doubt, by that time, America will be considered bi-lingual, meaning a nation with two separate languages, a nation within a nation with two separate national societies in constant contention.
America is also awaiting the necessity to react to its most urgent problem: energy independence.
With our avowed enemies and potential enemies in control of our crude oil imports, the United States is engaged in a game closely related to sudden death playoff.
The United States, with all the most modern means of locating and developing oil resources, unrealistically, has no sound policy to make the nation energy independent.
Billions of barrels of crude oil resources already identified in Alaska and the coastal waters, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, remain untapped.
Liberals in Congress and two Democrat administrations (Carter and Clinton), aided by a corrupt dominant media, have forced the nation into a hostage situation whereby our avowed and potential enemies control our energy sources to the extent that America's economy could be seriously damaged within any given month. The nation's ability to wage war could be brought into question.
The 110th U.S. Congress, seemingly frozen in time, has succumbed to the massive intimidation of the envirocrats of the nation. By definition, an envirocrat is an individual who seizes the moral high ground of a particular environmental issue and uses it to further his personal political agenda. In this case, an envirocrat is using his significant influence to bring about major damage or even to cause the destruction of the U.S. economy.
The envirocrat is backed by the corrupt dominant media of America.
Talk radio has proved the principal outlet for truth in the nation and that is being brought under attack by the far left at present.
In a speech before the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 19, 2007, Jim Mulva, chairman and CEO of Conoco Phillips, stated that "60 percent of our oil is imported."
This astounding figure spells potential disaster in the case of a major reduction or cut-off of oil exports to the United States.
American reaction to such a crisis will prove futile.
A reaction would require substantial and readily available energy production resources.
America has none.
The United States possesses a minimal reserve, totally inadequate for such an emergency.
America has time left to act on these critical issues. To wait for a time to react could prove disastrous.
E. Ralph Hostetter, a prominent businessman and agricultural publisher, also is a national and local award-winning columnist. He welcomes comments by email sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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