What Has America Become? ~ Ken Huber


The following is a transcript of a letter to the editor that first appeared on June 9, 2010, in the Iosco County News Herald. It is attributed to someone by the name of Ken Huber from Tawas City, Michigan. I feel that is equally relevant 6 months later and maybe it can be a barometer for how the Republican Congress is doing at making inroads into changing the current state of ship in the U.S.

What has America become?

Editor,

Has America become the land of special interest and home of the double standard?

Lets see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the Congress lies to us its just politics; if we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black person dislikes whites, its their 1st Amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality is OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it is wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of communist and socialist threats by renaming them progressive; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it is wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and home of the brave?

- Ken Huber
Tawas City

Here is a picture of the original Letter to the Editor as it appeared in the Iosco County News Herald…

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78 Responses to What Has America Become? ~ Ken Huber

  1. I wish I could send a really good quote to Mr. Huber.

    Nothing is more responsible for the good old days than a bad memory. ~Franklin Pierce Adams
    :-)

    • “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.” ~ Thomas Jefferson ;)

      • Touche. :-) Less government is a great rallying cry, but how do we pare down, and what needs to be stopped?

      • philcoop8192 says:

        SpinnyLiberal, it shouldn’t be hard at all to determine what to pare down and what to stop. The government bloat has become so severe that one could hack away almost anywhere without fear of hitting anything vital.

      • Scott says:

        A perfect starting spot is LBJ’s “Great Society” as that was the true beginning of the bloat.

    • tonya ott says:

      I remember saying the pleadge of alegence when i was a child . i remember the pride we all had to be an american,becouse this country was not afraid to speak of GOD in public and we could be proud of our hounorability. Now we have lost the right for our ministers to quote the Bible without being threatend with going to jail. What is going on. What have we done. Its time to tell OUR goverment who they work for . Do what we pay you for or your fired

      • Tonya, thank you so much for visiting Questioning With Boldness… and for taking the time to comment. The Pledge was part of my childhood too. I felt like we had a better love for our country back then. When we lost God in school, no prayer and no moment of silence, that was the beginning of downward spiral in America. I pray daily that those who want to act so Politically Correct and ban God in government buildings while screaming that we must be tolerant will wake up to their hypocrisy! I agree that we must demand that government does what WE want them too, not what the minority who gained political power wants to do. Please visit again!

      • Dr. Barbara Embry says:

        Not only did we say the Pledge of Allegiance everday with our hands over our hearts looking at the Flag which was displayed in every schoolroom, we also sang “My Country Tis of Thee” every morning. How far our society has fallen.

      • Scott says:

        “How far our society has fallen.”

        Perhaps how far and how fast it continues to spiral around the bowl?

      • Thomas Armitage says:

        I remember learning all the great American songs in grade school in the Western NY area. We also learned Oh, Canada which most of us learned watching CBC Hockey Night in Canada anyway.

      • William Martin says:

        I said the pledge of allegiance as a child as well. In some classes in HS I did as well. It is something I enjoyed. However, it also made some of my classmates uncomfortable. As much as it may hurt to realize, we cannot force people to accept a religion in a public place such as school. They are required to go there by state law and as of such are free from any sort of religion. Pledging allegiance to God in a classroom is akin to promising Allah that you will abide by the rules of the road when you sign a drivers license, or by guaranteeing in Krishna’s name that you will obey the selective draft.
        I know it’s not something that is popular right now in the church, but we need to understand that Jesus never said to impose his will onto people, but rather to live as an example. By imposing our will (interpreted as we believe from God) than we are neglecting our duty to LIVE as he said. Not to force. Never to force.

      • Dewey says:

        Heck, I remember all of that + having my public school 4th grade teacher having us read and memorize portions of Pslams from the Bible as part of our lessons.

    • My message through time to Ken Huber is to say “Thank you” for the great insight.

      • Sandy Takacs says:

        To William Martin – I thought we pledged allegience to the flag, not to God. I strongly believe we should re-institute the pledge and prayer. If it makes anyone uncomfortable, they can just stay in their seat. What’s wrong with that?

  2. thomas armitage says:

    Mr. Huber made very good points. Where is the outcry about the sale of the NYSE to a German corporation? If that deal sails through you could put sign on the United States that reads ” FOR SALE AS PARTS OR WHOLE”. We will become a scrap heap for the Chinese, the EU and the OPEC nations to salvage from!

  3. Liz Lancaster says:

    I am getting this almost a year later, but you are still ‘right on’…sadly..
    Sure wish I had a solution, so do millions of others! Even voting doesn’t cure
    all the ills, but at least, it gives us a right to complain!

    • Liz, welcome to Questioning With Boldness… and thank you for taking the time to comment!

      I think we all are left scratching our heads, wondering where it all went wrong. Clearly, this presidency has been detrimental to America and her values. Sometimes I wonder if the backlash from Bush brought this new direction on or if this is just the way we’re having it spoon-fed to us until we accept it. I guess what I mean is, have Americans changed after Bush or are we being led into change(away from a true Constitutional Republic) and too many apathetic people in America are following the herd(towards a Socialist Democracy)?

      I thank you for visiting and I hope that you will return. Please feel free to comment or bring any topics to the table that you would like to discuss.

  4. thomas armitage says:

    The NYSE sale is close to a finished deal. Sprechen sei Deutsche ? Also disturbing is the statement from the Wall Street Journal that if the European regulations were in place 2 years ago Bernie Madoff would not have pulled off the second greatest scheme in history. The first one being Social Security.

  5. thomas armitage says:

    It appears that everything the conspiracy theorists said 30 years is coming to fruition. How’s this for bumper sticker; ” ILLUMINATI in 2012 ….. Don’t think, don’t vote, just obey.”

  6. thomas armitage says:

    Sadly,we have become what our enemies from 70 years ago wanted us to become. A nation of moronic, self centered, uneducated , drug addicted pop-culture idiots.

  7. Ken,
    I agree with all your observations and those of other repliers. But I take exception to the following: “if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but if you burned…….George Bush in effigy it was your 1st Amendment right.”

    This is “off the wall” and brings discredit to your other points. Both O’bama and George Bush are great Americans. Both tried hard to solve or at least mitigate America’s problems, if not the world’s. Each has their successes and each has their failures.

    We let George do it starting in 2001. Clinton left him a projected budget surplus, thanks Bill. George’s reaction was to ask for a tax “refund”. He never even thought of reducing the debt. In 2002, we ran into another budget deficit and we didn’t stop getting our “refund”. This deficit grew and grew. Oh, yes you say we had to pay for the 2 wars that Georget started (and didn’t finish). One to eliminate non-existent WMD’s. The other to eliminate terrorism. Both fought with “shock and awe”.

    At the same time George reduced business regulations and defanged the regulators. The worst being financial…..mortgage companies that based their mortgages to people did so with borrowed money and they almost eliminated the down payments that people needed to get these loans. In addition, the housing market became such a boom that speculators came in in droves and bought houses with mortgages. Their intent was to flip them and make a profit. Wall Street got into the act and created flashy derivatives, selling stock and bonds based on a compendium of these stable to highly risky mortgages. They even went so far as to create “shadow” stocks which are backed with nothing, but base their value on these derivatives. People got so overleveraged that they could not afford their debt. They finally cut back. The first to go was buying a new or used home. Then slowing down buying a car, furniture, restaurants culminating in the greatest recession since the depression with out of control unemployment. This is what George handed Barack. Barack did everything to stimulate the economy, by authorizing infrastructure projects and making loans to new businesses. All this time the “refund” goes on, we don’t even raise taxes to fund the two wars. No, George’s party fights Barack by finally admitting both the debt and the budget deficit are too high. They are right! Our 2010 budget deficit was $1.6 trillion of a budget that totaled $3.7 trillion, that’s 43% of our 2010 budget. But this came not because of Social Security, although Medicare gave its share. It came because we have not funded the 2 wars that continue and because we continue to receive our tax “refund”.

    Let’s recognize this and stop being emotional and raise the debt limit, look at history and civilly debate how we can get out of this mess. Oh, and let’s put the sacred cow on the table- DEFENSE. $888 billion of the 2010 budget of $3.7 trillion is on defense items, 24%. That’s Ten times the COMBINED military budgets of China and Russia. Do we really need 1200 nuclear bombs that we built, maintain, store, and have to secure? Do we need to have a physical (both armaments and people) presence in nearly every spot of the world? Do we need to lead up every bad situation that occurs in this world? Can we afford all this? Or shall we give up our war-like ways and focus on peaceful programs to uplift American and the rest of the world?

    O’bama is on the right pathway. With the use of stealth operations that was based on highly probable intelligence he employed a terrifically well planned mission that used a combination of stealth weapons and an unbelievably trained and well practice, extremely brave and courageous and patriotic people to, with their backup team and support staff, execute an operation that took our the most wanted terrorist while having NO civilian casualties

    Barack, furthermore is focused on ending these wars and his first step is to develop a plan to withdraw successfully. In addition his strengtening regulation, working on plans that will make it profitable for businesses to bring back jobs from overseas thereby easeing our unemployment problem which will lower the deficit by lowering the unemployment picture so that we can reduce the payouts to support the unemployed and gain the revenue from having a bigger people tax base. He is also letting our allies lead in Libya and did not cave under people’s graving to get involved in the Arab Spring. Now he is amazing and will definitely go down as one of our great President, patriot, friend, and family man.

    I liked Reagan and Tip O’neal. That team solved a lot of problems. O’bama, I like this Irish guy, too! 2O’12

    Maybe the republicans can team up with him and solve lots of problem….or at least mitigate some.

    • JJ says:

      Mr. Erickson,

      Thank you for all of your words here pertaining to these issues that face our country. But I am confused about when Barrack Obama will have to take responsibility for his actions. You can blame Bush for many things but you cannot blame Obama’s failed presidency on Bush. I believe we have many problems in America. In my opinion it as started going wrong when Abraham Lincoln decided not to let the south secede form the union which was well within their rights to do because the constitution is a VOLUNTARY agreement between the states. That is an entirely different issue however. Where exactly do I take issue with you lets start here:
      “With the use of stealth operations that was based on highly probable intelligence he employed a terrifically well planned mission that used a combination of stealth weapons and an unbelievably trained and well practice, extremely brave and courageous and patriotic people to, with their backup team and support staff, execute an operation that took our the most wanted terrorist while having NO civilian casualties”

      You Liberals just love seal team six now that they are doing your guy’s dirty work. But those same brave and courageous men were vilified by you and your ilk just 3 or 4 years earlier. They were Cheney’s assassination squad and Bush’s baby killers as well as several other choice titles bestowed upon them by the anti war left.

      So as for financial regulation lets talk about Fanny Mae and Freddie Mac. How about the Barney Frank sheltered them from having anymore regulation put on them despite how high a percentage of the countries mortgages it holds. But lets talk about the real issue here. It is PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. When you gamble on a stock or a hedge fund or invest your money in wall street there is no safety net you made the decision now live with it. Uncle Sugar should come and bail people out. That is not the Job of the federal government. Their jobs are simple make commerce regular between the states and protect our country from foreign invaders. Simple if the federal government is doing anything else at all it is acting outside of the constitution.

      Briefly I would like to tell you why jobs are going over seas at such a fast pace. Two simple things. We have one of the highest corporate taxes in the entire world. and two unions. So the last time I checked people went into business to MAKE MONEY not to pay taxes. Paying taxes is important but for me it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. And here is why. I have worked and paid taxes since I was 14 years old so 20 years paying into the system. Now I was down on my luck and tried to apply for all the benefits I could. DENIED. Why who knows the bureaucrat i dealt with would not tell me. But someone who has never put one cent into the system crosses our border illegally so a CRIMINAL. I call them that because when you break the laws of a sovereign nation that’s what you are. So a criminal that comes here on their first day in our country gets all the benefits that I pay for and cannot get. So enough of my sob story. Unions have killed America’s industries by using special interest groups to pay off politicians to get their agenda through. There was a time in our history when we needed unions to take care of workers and look out for their safety but that day has passed. Example, is their really a need for teachers to have a union? Are their lives in danger? Are their work environments so bad for the 9 months of the years that they work?

      And I will finish by telling you this regardless of 2 wars and medicare prescription plans. In his first 2 years in office Obama spent more money than every president before him combined. So all the money spent from George Washington to George Bush Obama spent more than that. Oh and when you decide to cut defense spending how about maybe thinking about this. Defense spending cuts kill bases and supplies for OUR SOLDIERS. Lets cut congressional pay? Did you know that after only one or two terms a member of congress retires with FULL PAY AND BENEFITS FOR LIFE? So you want to trim the fat you know cut the fluff out of our budget how about term limits and no more pay for life. When Congressmen finish their term they should do this weird thing it called GET A JOB and don’t expect the rest of us to take care of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jennifer LaBonte' says:

      Richard, Many of the things you say are true. However, I simply cannot agree with you on some of your comments about Obama. I do not believe that Obama will go down as one of the greatest presidents. In fact, I think he will fall behind Carter, who was the worst president that we have ever had at that time. Regarding Libya..he has the U.S. involved in a war over there & I didn’t see him cave in to anyone..especially the people of the U.S. He is pulling the military out of Afghanistan b/c he made that promise in a speech & so far he has not kept any of his promises to the people. The Republicans have tried to help with the problems…but up until they gained the majority in the house, their hands have been tied. They did suggest another health care plan…but were told that they had never done anything. I don’t like Obama be b/c I don’t feel he should be in this country & is an American & I don’t feel that they fact that he found some Irish relative “way back when” means anything. I bet if we all traced our ancestry so far back, we would find many countries that we never dreamed we had relatives in. Finally my husband & I will not be giving him our votes in 2012.

    • EG Rey says:

      Anyone remember Janet Reno’s mandate to mtg companies ordering them to give high risk loan?? Who’s administration was that under????

  8. Some good points but you let your political stance cloud your judgement. The congress, at that time in an overwhelming vote, agreeded to support Bush in his war with Iraq. THEY ALL RELIED ON THE SAME INTELLIGENCE INFORMATION that supported that congressional vote and numerious seperate United Nations actions. In addition our European Allies also had the same general information from their own independent sources. So “The He Lied” tale is a disingenuous Democratic Talking Point. You also conveniently forgot to mention THAT THE HOUSE AND SENATE WERE UNDER DEMOCRATIC CONTROL FROM 2006 TO 2010.It is true Bush over spent but YOUR PRESIDENT has tripled that debt. In addition this President/House/Senate have not produced a budget in over 800 days in office andhave violated a law that requires the production of a budget. You also forgot to mention the support and cover Barney Frank gave to Freddie and Fannie. Bush tried 8 times to get over sight of those organizations but was stopped by Democratic action. In addition the problem with the housing debacle started with Clinton and the passing of The Fair Housing Act that required banks make SUBPrime loans to under privliged/under served neighborhoods or they were not allowed to expand their (the banks) service areas. Freedie and Fannie are still a problem and losing money. This problem continued under a Democratic Senate and House and The Executive Branch’s control. Other than those points I think you might have made a good point.

    • Jennifer LaBonte' says:

      I did not want to write a book. I knew essentially what you mentioned,but I cut it short b/c I feel that sometimes when a person says too much, then people tend not to read what they have written. I will not argue with you when you commented that I let my political stance cloud my judgement. However, it’s hard to NOT see many of these things that are going on in our government nowadays without taking a stance one way or another. I find it very hard to believe that with all that IS & HAS happened that people cannot see the forest b/c of the trees.

  9. thomas armitage says:

    If we ever had the flood gates of truth fly open we would have such a shock to deal with that everything previously believed to be true would be challenged. Too much truth too soon could cause chaos.

  10. Holly says:

    Wow, it doesn’t look like Ken Huber is being a good Christian OR a good American… which, by the way, are 2 very different things.
    Being American means many things, but it certainly does not mean that people should be Christian… Being American means supporting the freedom from religion. That’s the belief and value of what our country was founded on.
    Being American means that everyone has equal rights, including all races and homosexuals. Ken Huber believes that it’s wrong to teach in public schools that homosexuality is right? That’s not very American! and it’s not very Christian. What a sad, hateful man. Homosexuality is just as right as heterosexuality. Homosexuality occurs in every single mammal on earth.

    And since our country was founded on the freedom of and from religion, and since public schools are funded by taxpayers, nothing having to do with ANY religion should be taught in our schools, thus, the separation of church and state. What if the word “Allah” was in the pledge of allegiance? That would make you a bit uncomfortable, wouldn’t it? So, let’s honor America’s separation of church and state and keep your religion out of public institutions like marriage and schools.

    I think Ken forgot that our country was built by immigrants and that unless he is 100% Native American, he, too came from immigrants.

    Being American has NOTHING to do with being Christian. In fact, it’s kind of the opposite.

    Being American means that we all have the same rights. We recognize that we are all immigrants, we all want a better life. Being American means protecting our core value of the separation of church and state.

    Ken sounds extremely ignorant and intolerant.

    Oh, and by the way, I’m gay, I have a wife I can’t legally marry, we have an immigrant adopted daughter and I had to have a late-term abortion ……

    • I think the whole point of the letter was the hypocrisy, not that is not ok to be homosexual, or it is better to be christian, i think the whole point was if it is ok to teach one thing it should be ok to teach the other, correct?

    • Scott says:

      It’s NOT”freedom FROM religion” it IS ‘freedom OF religion’ seems a lot of people make that mistake- a very important mistake.

      You will find NO WHERE in any Bible that homosexuality is condoned- tolerated, perhaps, but never condoned.

      If homosexuality were “normal” ALL species on the planet would have ceased to exist LONG ago, right? Tough to have kids NATURALLY in that situation.

      I have a better idea- let’s keep GOVERNMENT out of marriage and schools. A “public” education does NOT mean by the government.

      You are right, America was built by immigrants- my Mom’s side goes back to the 1600s and Dad’s to1900- oh and they came here legally and became citizens LEGALLY.

      “Ken” nailed this country’s problems on the proverbial head!

      Your lack of respect for life abhors me, but it’s your life and you have to live with it.

      Good luck.

      • Dirk Funk says:

        Freedom OF religion entails freedom FROM religion. The two go hand-in-hand.
        You will find nowhere in the Bible where Jesus spoke against homosexuality.
        Actually, homosexuality is normal amongst many species. Just because not every member of a species participates, does not make it abnormal.

      • Dirk, first thank you for taking the time to come to QWB, reading the site and commenting, we appreciate it very much. That said, God most certainly DOES address homosexuality, not only in the Old Testament in
        Leviticus 18:22

        22 You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

        Leviticus 20:13
        13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely be put to death; their blood is upon them.
        2 Kings 23:7

        English Standard Version (ESV)

        2 Kings 23:7 And he broke down the houses of the male cult prostitutes who were in the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the Asherah.

        1 Kings 22:46

        46 And from the land he exterminated the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa.

        New Testament:
        1 Corinthians 6:9
        Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
        1 Corinthians 6:8-10
        1 Timothy 1:10
        the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

        finally
        Romans 1:18-28

        English Standard Version (ESV)
        God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness

        18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and creeping things.

        24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.

        26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

        28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done.

        Because God condemned it, so did Jesus since Jesus was God…
        The other part of your “argument” is fallacious…just because homosexuality happens in animals, does not make it “permissible” in humans. It is deviant behavior according to the Bible, which treats homosexuality as a sin, a moral issue, not a physiological or biological problem.
        The last part of your argument is again fallacious here’s why, here we go…just because every person is not a drug addict does not make it abnormal(wrong, its still abnormal), just because every person is not a thief, does not make it abnormal(wrong, its still abnormal). Do you see the error in your thinking? It is not a normal function in any species of animal, nor is it normal for humans. It was readily accepted in pagan cultures like Rome, that does NOT make it normal…

      • Casual Acquaintance says:

        Thank you Scott!! Well said.

    • skeenon says:

      Holly,
      The proper term is Freedon OF Religion, not Freedom FROM. From the first colonists to the framers of the constitution religion was a central concern. There is no wall between the church and state. That misconception came from a comment made by Thomas Jefferson in a private communication. It has no legal standing.

      Homosexuality is not right. haven’t you noticed, the plumbing doesn’t fit.:) That is not to imply that homosexuals are evil or perverted, but the situation cannot be considered normal. I have several homosexual friends and I value their friendship. My true feeling is that the issue is none of the government’s business.

      Allah is simply the Arabic name for God. He is the same God that is worshipped by Christians and Jews. God has many names.

      To say being American is kind of opposite to being Christian is a real push. The original colonists and founding fathers were not necessarily religious fanatics but they were surely more likely to be Christian than anything else. HIstory records that the first public building was invariably a church.

      • Dirk Funk says:

        Sorry, but you have it dead wrong on the freedom FROM vs freedom OF religion issue.

        And the Supreme Court says otherwise regarding the “legal standing” of this statement. There are numerous instances of case law in which the court has cited Jefferson’s famous and important statement.

    • Billiam says:

      Just a quick History lesson here. The 1st Amendment says Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, nor prohibiting the free exercise thereof. It does NOT say freedom FROM religion. That is a lie that has been perpetrated by progressives for a long time, and bought by people like you. I am not an immigrant, I was born here, as were my parents, and theirs before them. I’m sorry you have such hate in your heart for believers who disagree with your opinion, and I’m sorry that you’ve likely run across haters yourself. I’m really sorry that you’ve let it twist you.

      Also, most of the signers of the Declaration and the Constitution were believers in God. Does that make them evil to? Or just that they owned slaves.

  11. jkd53 says:

    “Has America become the land of special interest…? ”
    Money spent on special interest lobbing 2011:
    Pharmaceuticals/Health: 199 Million
    Insurance: 77 Million
    Oil and Gas 75 Million
    TV/Movies/Music: 63 Million
    Computer/ Internet: 62 Million
    Let’s see that is 476 Million for just the top five and we haven’t seen any “black persons”, 1st Amendment Rights people( read ACLU,NAACP,NOW, AARP, Greenpeace, tree huggers etc) yet. We have to get to number 10 and another 209 Million before we get to the first so called terrible “socialist threat” the Education lobby. But heaven help us there are two in a row against the interest of our freedom the Civil Servants show up. Both of these before we get away from those that are only interested in our well being.
    The 8% (87 Million) these groups spend really overwhelms the 956 Million the business interest spend.
    If advertising works I would think spend less than 10% of what your competition spends ought to get the liberals TOTAL CONTROL. Nobody should have to work our “socialist/Liberal” agenda will soon take hold and we can watch all the porn, burn all the flags and books and take all the Ritalin we want.

  12. Tknight says:

    I think Ken is right on! I’m still considerably young (24) and I couldn’t be more disappointed in our country. It’s so upsetting that GOD is supposedly “offensive” and now we are not allowed to say it in our schools or wish someone a merry CHRISTmas… Does anyone care that I’m offended?! I am offended when someone says happy holiday rather than merry Christmas, and it upsets me to my core that my children will grow up in a place where nudity is frequent on cable tv, just because the nipple is blurred out doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to be shown on television. What happens to the good ‘ol days when showing a bathroom on tv was considered taboo? And who is Obama to say that this nation is no longer a Christian nation? It’s what we were built on!!! Grrrrr I could ramble for days… Well God bless everyone, were gonna need it.

  13. Paula Pauley says:

    PP says:
    I am saddened to my core that in this country it is Your right to belong to any religion you want to, espouse your beliefs in anything or nothing, but if I state my beliefs in God and Christ in a public forum of any kind, or go to a public prayer service, I am condemned as intolerant. Since when is it ok to single someone out because they are Christian? I am to be tolerant of everything, but others don’t have to be tolerant of my beliefs if they believe differently. I make every attempt to not be racist, but because I am white, I am called racist. I believe in the Bible as the word of the Living God and am not ashamed to say so therefore, I am condemned while others who are Buddist or Muslim are allowed to espouse their beliefs without the same condemnation. We have become intolerant, not of sin, not of criminals, not of true racists, but of moral, ethical humans who are working and trying to help this country turn around. Truly, it makes me so sad.

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  17. Ken Huber says:

    I wrote this article on an opinion page. It was intended to address double standards and how our value system in this country has changed. I attacked no individuals, race’s. or organizations. The article has had over 4M hits on the internet. It has been reprinted in Japan, Canada, Norway and other European countries. I’ve received almost 150 personal contacts. I turned down requests to appear on TV. I did appear on several radio talk shows. You would be stunned to know how many people identified themselves as democrats and agreed with the article. Unlike many people who disagreed with the article I would fight and die defending their right to disagree with me. It is truly sad that we can no longer disagree with one another and still be friends. I believe that is what will send this country into a political abyss.

  18. Fritz Herringt says:

    I believe Ken hit it on the head in his “What has America become?” It has become a nation that would be unknown, unliked and unbelieveable to its founders who put their lives, families, homes and fortunes on the line to bring about one of the greatest nations the world has ever seen! The downfall came about in the same way you eat an elephant or the same way the camel weasels its way into the Arabs tent. A little at a time and bit by bit. While we allowed sleaze in the White House, corruption and graft in Congress, we stood silently by because we were the “Silent Majority” as Richard Nixon called us. With help from a ultra-liberal media owned by more liberrals, with a socialist bent who turned their heads with nary a comment. Conservatives are the bad guys and all preachers are hypocrites. You can tell who writes or influences the writers of all or the most of all TV series and many movies. Homosexuals and Lesbians are now the “Nice guys”, God has been removed from the schools, Macro evolution is the word of the day and Churches are forbidden to give sermons that are not “Politically Correct”. It’s our own fault! We stood by silently, without fighting the changes and now it is an America where baby killing is a profitable endeavor (ever wonder what the Physicians oath, not “to cause harm means?) law-breakers swarm into our country and are awarded benefits our native-born citizens can’t get. Where now we have a leader who refused to respect the flag, denounces the very America that pays his salary and benefits, who travels the globe apologing for being an American, who ignores the calls to show and prove his birth certificate (not counting the 3 or 4 phony ones) and who violates the constitution that we have obeyed and lived up to since the 18th century. Well, the chickens have to home to roost and it’s time to pay the piper for standing by letting us slide down the long path to immorality. It can be turned back into the country the world admired but not until we take a stand for it! Fritz Herring, a Korean War disabled Vet

  19. Bill says:

    Ken Huber…thank you for framing what American has become in a tight list of double standards…for those readers who interpret more into it on a speciific point, back up a bit and look at the brilliance of the whole editorial.
    I suggest that America has many of the attributes of third world country…corrupt politicians, influence peddling, definite economic classes…to mention a few.
    So Ken, your opinion has been widely spread…I am so sorry not to have read it before now…and largely accepted, so what do we do?
    I am watching our politicians and civil servants more closely and asking “why” when their decisions and choices do not pass the ‘idiot test’. There are double standards everywhere and a huge difference between ‘PC’ and Common Sense.
    Yogi Berra would probably say, “Common sense ain’t!”

  20. Vivian Luzar says:

    Nikita Kruschef ??? said years and years ago, “We will destroy you from within” and what has happened? Those who don’t believe in God, or those who minimize the need for God in this society, have nay sayed their way into the thoughts of the American. Calling people foolish and stupid and making them believe that they were being idiots for wanting to maintain a God centered society. Believe me, I am 70 years old and can tell you for sure that when prayer and a moment of silence went out of our schools, society started the long slippery slide into the gutter. One woman forced the end of prayer in the school, and this society found in her favor. 1 person started all this and we all followed along blindly, and now question “What happened?”

    • Thomas Armitage says:

      Sad reality; all the nations that defeated the axis powers of WW II have either collapsed or are on the verge of collapsing. If the specter of the Axis nations were to return to power they would have little opposition to acquiring global dominion.

  21. Bradlee says:

    Hello, I am still quite young (20 years old) and my knowledge of politics and recent events in America is at best, elementary. I am also a very young christian as well, being saved (thank god!) back in 09′ before I joined the military. I just wanted to thank Ken Huber for standing up for his beliefs and being able to write that article, and on top of that putting it out there for the word to see. I also congratulate him on the fact that it has become so widespread. I will continue to share this cutout with friends and family members because I believe (long before I even got saved) that this country is becoming disgusting. I apologize if I offended anyone with that word but that is the only way that I can put it.

    Thank you Ken and everyone else that posted here today. You have inspired me. :)

    I also wanted to mention that I will continue to grow and learn about the political problems in this country. I also look forward to being able to discuss my opinions in an open forum like this one day.

    • Thomas Armitage says:

      We have let go of what billions of people on earth wished they could have had; a republic lead by freely elected, responsible people whose primary goal was to preserve the republic and have only the best interests of the citizenry in mind. We have become a dying nation of fools unworthy of liberty and prosperity who are incapable of seeing that we have done. Our children and grand children are beyond burdened. They are condemned to rebuild from the aftermath of what 3 generations of apathy,greed and ignorance has lead to. I pity them.

  22. Brent Bosaaen says:

    I am truly glad to see that people agree with Mr. Hubers article. It is hard to watch the news or listen to the radio these days without getting angry. Why does everything have to be so politically correct?? My ass, we need to get back to the olden days and if you disagree feel “free” to get the hell out of our country. Forum’s like this are nice, but someway somehow things need to change. Writing our feelings in places like this is all fine and dandy but what is it really accomplishing? I don’t normally get to involved in politics because i have zero faith in our “elected” officials. Why cant we have an option for president like Mr. Huber?? I guess what i am trying to say, or ask is how the hell can the average legal citizens like ourselves turn this sinking ship around?? I wish we could fire every frickin government employee and start from scratch. Government could easily be about a quarter of the size it is currently, imagine how much money that would save. OK, i’m done, for now.

  23. dja1287 says:

    Whether you are religious or not, the point is you cant have your cake and eat it too. It seems many people have this sense of entitlement where people want to apply the golden rule only in their self interest rather than everyone as a whole

  24. dja1287 says:

    Whether religious/spiritual or not is not important to understand the article(however I do consider myself Christian). Its showing that you cant have your cake and eat it too. There is a strong sense of entitlement amongst many Americans with their own self interest agenda in terms of expanding the “golden rule”. I am a firm believer in separation of church and its a shame to see the bullied turn into the bullies. Unfortunately it is a common theme found throughout history. It takes a collective voice to change that

    • Scott says:

      Whether it’s MY belief system or YOUR’s is of no concern to me. I believe that every one is entitled to any belief they want even no beliefs. The KEY here is to keep it to one’s self and not form an agenda to push it onto everyone else. WE should all be Christian, Jew, Muslim, whatever FIRST, but all be AMERICANS second. If we would learn these two things, this country would once again become the shining jewel it once was.

  25. Bogdan Lupu says:

    Almost 30 years ago Ronald Reagan gave one of the best speeches of any head of state about D-day invasion. About Army Rangers and Faith in God. About freedom and sacrifice. I am from Europe. As an European i always loved America. What a great nation!! But no more. America today is a country of hipocrisy, moral decay and a anti-christian land. A place of violent crimes, a place of being European is equal to racist, a place where nothing is safe.
    I think America is already lost.
    Homosexual marriages, homosexual Marines, antiChristian laws, murders and this anti-white campaign wich is made by these stupid liberals it’s the most disturbing for me a simple viewer. No morals, no God, no family.

    • Thomas Armitage says:

      The gay chic of Hollywood has gone full circle. The Soviets were right- when America’s morality is gone the nation is gone.

    • Scott says:

      While I can NOT disagree with your premise, please give us one more shot at getting it right. The voters proved they weren’t racist in the last election- let’s hope they prove they aren’t STUPID this next!

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  28. Russ says:

    Send it to Romney don’t waste it on Obama

  29. Thomas Armitage says:

    To Spinny Liberal ; Try this one. We have had an all volunteer military since 1973 when Nixon ended the draft. We could shut down the entire selective service department tomorrow and our military wouldn’t change. A co-worker of mine enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1965 and was serving in Viet Nam for 4 months when his mail from home was fowarded to him. He got a notice from selective service stating he was drafted. Can you say POINTLESS? He gave the notice to his CO who tore them a new ass.

  30. john says:

    What a waste of time reading all of the comments and debates above. The majority rely on the standard dem v. rep debate. And what is this about constantly debabting the bibles significants in politics. Aren´t we trying to have a reasonable debate on how to fix the country. Let us talk about policy lets forget about who is the president and let´s determine first where we want to go. The blaming needs to stop. We must look at systems that work and our own values and try to implement them. First and most important step is to get money out of government. You tell me that you trust either the republican or democratic goverments (presidents included) then you are being very nieve. These people are bought, it´s an expensive game and we are the casualities. Meanwhile the debates continue the same arguing over religion. The corporations are ok with that, it´s keeps the people busy arguing while they systematically gain ridiculous levels of power that make the goverment look weak.

    • lynn says:

      This is the only comment on this page that actually makes sense. Both Democrats and Republicans push the agenda of the big corporations because they are funded by them, but everyone is too busy pointing the finger at each other to realize this. If people just did a little research they would find this out for themselves. This hatred between the parties is just disgusting. People really need to wake up and realize that both sides are essentially playing the same game. Nothing is really going to change until citizens stop blaming each other, realize what is really going on, and take action. Sadly, I do not have enough faith in my fellow Americans to believe that this will ever happen. Most people do not take the time to actually become educated and those who do are too few in number to change government on their own.

  31. klootch61 says:

    America needs to take care of SICK veterans. Ft McClellan is polluted and very toxic! Please help by going to link and sign petition!! http://signon.org/sign/ft-mcclellan-healthcare?source=c.url.br_by= Thank you!!

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  33. fredh says:

    What year did America really start to go to hell. 1972 , women and soon to be mothers , burnt their bras and mothers stay in the workforce after having a baby . Federal government told women you are to valuable to stay home and raise your children. All of a sudden women had to have a college degree, then her career was more important then being a mother. Men were force to compete with a women for a job, so he could support his wife who choose to stay home. Government created the problem by given women minority status in 1964, then congress passed over 400 laws to empower women 1964 to 2011. Then in 1972 congress pass affirmative action and quotas. Now corporations could no longer hire the best people for a job, so the corporation started to move overseas. Women’s Role
    Women weren’t made to be passionate sex partners. There mission in life
    is to be mothers,which also means custodian of morality, and music,
    religion, and culture.
    That’s why the Almighty endowed them with just erotic fervor to want a
    husband, but with a greater urged to care for children, and engage in
    nest building.
    Old Mexican proverb; A house does not rest on the grown, it rest on a women.

  34. fredh says:

    Responce by Fred Hammel Antonio Gramsci essay called “Attack on the Family” he writes we are not going to take over America the same way we took over Russia. In Russia the people mostly peasants had no land or gun rights, the communist use guns and intimidation . He writes to take over America, First , Take over the courts, Second , Remove the father from the home. Washington DC, follow his writing to a tee, 1st, the Civil Rights Bill of 1964 gave all women minority status, since then Congress has passed over 400 laws to empower women,0 laws for men. 2nd, congress passed laws to force men and fathers to compete with a women for a job, like AFFIRMATIVE ACTION and QUOTAS. Then in 1972 government told women , you are to valuable to stay home and rear children, so mothers started staying in the workforce, the workforce double from 70 million people (80% men,20% women)1970 to 135 million people by 1983. These are the main reasons manufacturing and corporations started moving their operation over seas, they could no longer the best employees . Now in 2012 women outnumber men in the workforce. During this period of time(1970 to 1983) divorce skyrocketed, the price of home ,vehicles and gasoline went up 10 times for the reason women started to but their own vehicles. And the worse part, since no one was home rearing children, government assumed that job, and have been brainwashing them ever since

  35. What year did America really start to go to hell. 1972 , women and soon to be mothers , burnt their bras and mothers stay in the workforce after having a baby . Federal government told women you are to valuable to stay home and raise your children. All of a sudden women had to have a college degree, then her career was more important then being a mother. Men were force to compete with a women for a job, so he could support his wife who choose to stay home. Government created the problem by given women minority status in 1964, then congress passed over 400 laws to empower women 1964 to 2011. Then in 1972 congress pass affirmative action and quotas. Now corporations could no longer hire the best people for a job, so the corporation started to move overseas. Women’s Role

    Women weren’t made to be passionate sex partners. There mission in life
    is to be mothers,which also means custodian of morality, and music,
    religion, and culture.
    That’s why the Almighty endowed them with just erotic fervor to want a
    husband, but with a greater urged to care for children, and engage in
    nest building.
    Old Mexican proverb; A house does not rest on the grown, it rest on a women.

  36. Mark says:

    You raise many points with emotionality, but without merit. I will just raise two. First, if you dislike a black man for reasons of character, or just because, you would not be racist, just human. If you hated black people because they were black, then you are racist. And, it goes vice versa. I have never spoken with an African American who has thought otherwise. Second…as a teacher, I have never taught at a place where we did not say the Pledge of Allegiance – using the word God. And whose job is it to teach children about their religion anyway? According to the principal of a local Christian school around my parts, it is the parents’ job. I guess the things we say often widen the great divide making it harder for this country to come together. Instead we rant and separate ourselves instead of engaging in decent human dialogue.

  37. Norman Barnett says:

    Not only did we say the Pledge each morning in class, every December we also had a REAL Christmas Pageant, complete with manger scene, Mary, Joseph, and the Christ child. I recently went to my grandkids school, and was subjected to a “winter festival”. Not a single song eluded to the real meaning of Christmas. It was all “jingle bells” and “frosty the snowman”. I cried for our kids in public school.

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    Food for thought.

  39. ROG says:

    MY MY !!!

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