-- The United States Of America has endured since 1776 as vigilant people
fought against those things which could have destroyed our nation. The
freedoms we enjoy set us apart from every other nation on the planet.
Millions of people have given their all to come to our shores and millions
are still clamoring to get in and live in America.
Most of the nations of the world were serfdoms
when America was founded and most of the people in the world are still
not truly free. What is serfdom when contrasted with freedom? The word
serf comes from the Latin word "servus" meaning a slave. Many of those
in serfdom came to America as indentured slaves, and in return for the
cost of their passage to America they worked out their time and became
Some of my forefathers came here as Hessian
soldiers taken out of debtors' prisons to fight with the English against
the American colonists. When Washington's Troops defeated the British
at the Battle of Trenton these German mercenaries agreed to fight for
the new American government in exchange for the right to live free.
Many of our forefathers were sold into slavery
and were brought to America to work in the fields of wealthy landowners.
Many years later America threw off the yoke of British colonialism which
ultimately led to the abolition of slavery by President Lincoln.
Many of us have seen, in our own lifetime,
millions of Americans escape from the 'slavery of poverty' using education
and work to become partakers of the American Dream. In the movie "Field
of Dreams" the watch words were "If you build it, they will come".
People are still coming to America by the millions,
from the serfdom of Mexico, from the rice paddies of communist China,
from the former communist bloc, they are streaming to freedom. Even
our cousins north of us are fleeing into America from the oppression
of socialism in Canada. Any force that attempts to steal our freedom
is a cruel enemy. The socialist agenda is rampant in the halls of the
U. S. Congress.
That force says: We will tax away your wealth,
but, don't worry We will see that you are fed and clothed and housed
and We will decide what you need and when you need it. Go find an unabridged
dictionary more than forty years old and look up the word socialism
and this is the gist of what it will read: "Socialism, in the communist
doctrine, is the stage of society coming between the Capitalist Stage
and the Communist Stage , in which the private ownership of the means
of production and distribution has been eliminated, as in the Soviet
At the present time 'my fellow Americans' we
are losing our freedoms to a socialist agenda by not voicing our protest
to our elected officials in Washington D. C. As a U.S. citizen we each
have two U.S. Senators and one delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
whose job it is to work for us. It is past time for us to contact these
people and give them orders on how we want things done. If they don't
obey, we let them know we'll hire someone who will not continue to remove
[Editor's Note: Mr. Shoemaker is an architect
in private practice in Shreveport, La. since 1959. His e-mail is
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