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Guest Column

Let's stand up and become a vocal majority again

Published October 29, 2006


It appears that it is time for a change. We fall back, and I get up in the morning to a sky full of light. There is no longer a need to drink my three cups of coffee in the dark. This is good news.

At night, it will get dark earlier, but that's okay. We close down shop as soon as my husband gets home from work. I can eat supper in the dark with no problem. Night is a time to relax anyway. I can relax better in the dark.

It's also time to start thinking about getting out warmer clothes, heating our community pool, preparing for all those upcoming holidays.

It's time to create a new Halloween costume to wear to the party. I love Halloween. I like trying to come up with something clever to wear, not repeating the same old ghost, witch or scary Dracula.

I think it's fun to put my mind to work and try and fool everyone at the party so they can't figure out who I really am. Creative people are like that. Give them a challenge and they will create a way through it.

I don't think of Halloween as any religious rite of passage or heathen celebration. I think of Halloween as a fun time when kids get the chance to be someone different, collect goodies and just have a good time.

Unfortunately, there are some people who would like to take the fun out of Halloween. A minority would like to do away with Halloween altogether. What a shame that would be.

I feel we all have the right to continue the yearly celebration. After all, in our country, I was told that the majority rules. So if the majority wants to celebrate, why not let them, as long as they don't hurt anyone?

Those few who don't believe in the tradition need not participate. That's what our nation was founded on: majority rules.

Today it seems to me as though the minority rules. If one person does not like our holiday celebrations because of their individual beliefs, they expect the majority to bow to their wishes. Unfortunately, lately that approach has worked.

We have become a nation so intent on political correctness that we are allowing a minority of people take away all those traditions we have celebrated and loved for so long. Children can't say a prayer in school, because it may offend a student who does not believe in God. Christmas trees can no longer be called Christmas trees.

Yet we are expected to honor the traditions and wishes of other religions, even if they are the minority. We also are expected to honor those who have come to our country illegally, get free medical care, can get a driver's license and even - correct me if I'm wrong - get a Social Security card.

They work here, and I must say we need some of these workers, and then send billions of dollars back to their native country while you and I pay their medical bills with our tax money and our hard-earned dollars.

I have nothing against those who want to come to our country legally and work. They work hard. Many do backbreaking labor that some of us will not do. And my other question is, why won't Americans do the work?

However, why can't they come legally? Why are they not made to pay the same taxes we pay, pay for their health insurance, and pay into Social Security?

It is time to set our clocks back. But not the ones on the wall. We need to go back to telling people that if they want to enter our country, they must do so legally and adhere to our way of life.

It's time to go back to a nation where we can accept each other's differences without allowing the few to dictate to the many.

It's time to let common sense run our nation, not Big Brother and big politicians who only want votes and big companies that only want big profits.

It's time to run campaign ads where those who want to be elected tell us about what they stand for, not what their opponents don't stand for.

It's time for Americans to become fully informed before going to the polls, and it's time to get everyone out there to vote for what they truly believe in, not what some minority tells them they should. If everyone in our nation would stand up and be counted instead of letting traditions go by, then the minority and the politicians could not take away our traditions and our beliefs. It's time to become a vocal majority again.

This year for Halloween, I'm going to the party as one of the vocal majority. Bet you wonder what my costume will look like!

Thought for the day: If we continue to let others lead us by the nose, eventually our nose will be cut off.

[Last modified October 29, 2006, 07:11:00]

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