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Where are we headed?

Ida Marie Palisin KingAspen, CO Colorado

Are we crazy or just out of control? Are we putting too much trust in a bunch of power hungry fools that really don’t care who put them in office? Are we willing to be led down the path to tyranny? Are we willing to forget the past and therefore doomed to repeat it? Are we willing to celebrate right as wrong, and wrong as right? Yes, I believe in progress, but at what expense?Everyone is on the band wagon for global warming and national health care right now. Let me make it clear: I don’t believe in either. Does anyone remember what Gore tried to do as Vice President? He tried to enact a BTU tax on the air we breathe, does that jar your memory? Just what every tax payer, American citizen needs, more taxes. Please take me to the bank. I see more and more of our money being wasted by these political fools than invested in our nation and our citizens that have made this country great. We are now willing to have our policies fall under the control of the United Nations.Are we to become socialistic with a national health care? Have you forgotten the HMOs, and how our government has messed that up? Once we have national health care are we then to decide who should receive it and who is not? We as a nation send BILLIONS of dollars every year to foreign countries. Why can’t these monies help them to care medically for their countrymen? Where is all the money we send to poor nations going? Oh wait, possibly the pockets of the political heads of state! Hospitals and emergency rooms that are on the U.S.-Mexico boarder are either closing or on the verge of collapse. The EMTALA of 1985 requires hospitals to treat ALL emergency cases regardless of their ability to pay.According to data from the Center for Immigration Studies, 35 percent of legal immigrants are uninsured, and 65 percent of illegal immigrants are uninsured. Because of this our nation has shut down 700 hospitals and 425 emergency rooms in 10 years. Great facts, huh? Check it out if you don’t believe me. Is any of this going to have any effect on the fools in Washington? I think NOT! What I see is the Americas becoming like the EU, and at a faster pace than we think. All politicians, not just one party, are allowing this to happen. These political buffoons would have us believe they are trying to fix the illegal immigration problem; yeah right, but at whose expense? My father didn’t raise an IDIOT!Our courts are out of control! We have judges making laws, not interpreting as they should. Then we have so called diehards that expect us to feel sympathy for someone who has committed a crime. Personally, I know how to stop adult to child sex crimes; hold on, here we go: If squeamish, read no further. If a man, give me a butcher block and a butcher knife. That will take care of that, no second chances. If a woman, give me a cattle prod. Case closed. Same goes for child against child. Saves a lot of tax-payers money. Some of these judges have been appointed, they have special agendas, and this is what makes it so hard on law-abiding citizens, it also makes it crazy. In fact, I think this is bringing us so close to the rule of tyranny. God help us!Common sense has been replaced by foolish nonsense, right has been replaced by agendas, wrong is being celebrated in the courts, education has been replaced by indoctrination, freedom for a path toward tyranny, rights given by God being striped by power hungry fools, and I’m sure you could think of more. I pray we wake up before it’s too late, and we find ourselves repeating the past.Ida Marie Palisin King is a resident of Carbondale. Editor’s note: Soapbox runs weekly on the Sunday opinion page. This spot is a forum for valley residents to comment on local topics. If you’d like to contribute, contact Naomi Havlen at The Aspen Times at 925-3414, extension 17624 or e-mail nhavlen@aspentimes.com.


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