As we head into the election season, one thing becomes very obvious:  Our nation at all levels has deteriorated into a quagmire of confused, corrupt, divisive, deceitful, harmful, self-serving chaos.  

Against this background, this writer would offer some food for thought.  We preach peace to the world, but only on our terms. 


As we head into the election season, one thing becomes very obvious:  Our nation at all levels has deteriorated into a quagmire of confused, corrupt, divisive, deceitful, harmful, self-serving chaos.  
Against this background, this writer would offer some food for thought.  We preach peace to the world, but only on our terms. 

We finance the world, but fail to keep our books in balance. 

We claim to be a sovereign nation, but give away our citizen rights to the money pit called the U.N.  
We state that all our citizens are protected under the Constitution, but allow our leaders to pass laws and practice acts directly contrary to our system. 

We proclaim that all men are created equal, but forget how to live like they are.  
We critique the religious beliefs of other nations, but fail to recall that every human came from the same Source and to that we shall all return. 

We sacrifice the lives of our fellow countrymen, as well as the lives of the citizens of other nations, on the disguised altar of world conquest, but have no problem condemning other countries that do likewise. 

We judge and often eliminate the leaders of other nations by our codes, but ignore completely the acts of ours.  
We preach that all mankind should live and act like we do, but on the stage of the world, our actions speak louder than all of our words. 

We pay lip service to the lesions of history, but conduct ourselves as if history is an obsolete subject to be taught in school and immediately forgotten. 

We as a nation have been following a one-lane road to failure for many years.  
Somehow we missed a turn or an exit in our great haste to rush to our destiny. 

We ignored the wise council of the founding fathers, many of whom suffered, bled and died to place a most wonderful form of government in place to serve and protect our freedoms. 

We lost sight of what we had so dearly won, truly a pearl of great price. 

We became so blinded by our own reflections in the mirror of time that we could not see that the light of freedom was becoming dim.  
It may well go out in our time.

-Joel Monteith, Preston, Mo.