Happened to Sacrifice?
by Dave Milam
You may recall from past history and leaders, famous and
less famous quotes attributed to them regarding the value
of sacrifice. I remember in Kennedy's inaugual that quote
of "ask not what your contry can do for you, but what you
can do for your country".
When he spoke those words they did not seem trite or for
effect only. When he established the peace corps he gave americans
the oppurtunity to practice them.
Churchill offered up to the British people in a time of utmost
peril that he could only offer them "blood, sweat, tears,
and toil". In context to that he also told them that England
would never surrender.
Jesus offered the words, "greater love has no one than this
then that a man lay down his life for his friends", and then
he backed it up by doing just that on a cross.
Unfortunately, today, starting with Ronald Reagan and exemplified
by George Bush, the idea seems to be to give people what they
want and not have to pay for it with taxes. Paying taxes is
a responsibility of living in a free and just society, and
attempting to skirt them is reprehensible.
I believe that the kind of sacrifice all americans should
be willing to give up, and this must be fostered by our leaders;
is a large federal tax on gasoline. If they levied a dollar
tax or more on gasoline it certainly would force americans
to waste much less and it would focus their attention on realizing
oil the nonrenewable resource it is.
To be dependent on it like dope on cheap oil from an unstable
and dangerous part of the world like the middle east is the
height of folly. The sooner that we become less or nondependent
on this the more secure our nation will be.
Every driver who fills their tank should be realizing that
in an indirect or even direct way they are responsible for
Hybrid cars, solar cells, just plain getting off our fat
asses and walking or biking is necessary if we ever want to
be free from the terror and violence our fix for oil provides
to the middle east.