We have a common enemy - apathy

Posted: Tuesday, October 16, 2007

When Pete Weber suggested in his Oct. 8 letter that environmentalists and unions have sent our manufacturing jobs overseas ("Liberals, unions cause damage to the nation,") my first thought was that he is granting these organizations far more power than they really possess.

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Those corporations weren't forced by any kind of court injunction to move their factories to Third World countries. They did it quite willingly under the auspices of "free trade."

Yeah, if it weren't for liberals and trade unions, we could still have 12-year-olds working in our factories, instead of going to school, and we'd be able to compete for the manufacturing base of this brave new world.

We've got plenty to shout at each other about, plenty of reason to dislike our neighbor for the way they might vote, and it's a lot easier to take it out on them than it is to seek accountability from the likes of General Motors or the U.S. government. What I'd like to suggest is that we have a lot more in common with each other than we might think.

We love our kids and want to make a good life for them. We pay taxes to the exact same people, and go around wearing shirts made in Third World countries by people who wouldn't be able to get a hotel room in Juneau for a day. We do the best we can with what we have to work with, and most of us ordinary schmoes try to be honest and do a good day's work.

If we have a common enemy, other than Osama bin Laden and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, I'd say it was apathy. Too few of us are willing to act as the overseers of a powerful government, which was once a government of the people.

We've allowed corrupt politicians to run away with the public dollar, acting as if they were our masters rather than our servants. They've lied to us and manipulated us for far too long, and turned us against each other in pointless arguments when the survival of our way of life may well be at stake.

Things are changing, far more rapidly than we were led to believe: Are we going to let a handful of corrupt "representatives" spend our lives, our money and the last of our liberty before we demand some accountability?

Jamison Paul

Juneau



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