Mark - Dallas, Texas
Entered on November 17, 2008
Age Group: 50 - 65
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I believe in friendly energy first and clean energy second. The fact is, our leaders are trading our money, our goodwill and our young men’s lives to secure fuel from people who really don’t like us very much. And, I’m having a harder time living with that every day.

I don’t want to lose another American soldier for oil and I don’t want to support one more terrorist with our oil money. I want to see how great our country can be without a dependence on the world’s oil supply.

When terrorists flew planes into our buildings, the financial center of the world, it caused hardly a blip in our economy. But when world oil supplies got tight and the price began to spiral, our economy came apart at the seams. It’s triggered a global meltdown.

This global financial crisis is one of uncertainty. Investors, bankers etc have lost confidence in the future. When America is uncertain, the world is uncertain. How can America be certain about its future when a barrel of oil, the lifeblood of our economy, can go from $50 to $150 and back to $50 in 24 months?

The worst part is, I don’t feel secure knowing our government sees it the same way. They talk about it as important because they know we care. But I think they have lost the plot. It is by the people for the people, isn’t it?

Do we need to stand in Boston Harbor again? This time we throw barrels of unfriendly oil in the water? Or maybe elephants and donkeys? What does it take to get our leaders to put friendly energy at the top of the agenda for me and my family? And their family’s and their kids?

We’re being held hostage, but this time it isn’t 52 Americans in Iran. This time it’s 300 million being held by every unfriendly oil producer in the world!

But I would like to get back to the part that really hurts me personally. I can’t say, in my heart, we belong in Iraq for any reason other than oil. And if I think that, surely many in the world do as well. And that means our words about life being precious are hollow, and freedom is a political ideal, but best preserved with military action to protect one’s interests. No wonder Iran wants a Nuke.

That’s our legacy. No wonder everyone in China wants a car, that’s our legacy too…

Spending young American lives for our beliefs that the world’s oil is ours because we need it isn’t really much different than every other conflict in the world. So I don’t really feel like we are on the high ground anymore, I feel like we are oil corrupted. Just like every OPEC leader.

But those countries don’t have the freedoms we espouse. By the people and for the people. They don’t have a choice…but we’re supposed to…we are supposed to be able to choose to be free of unfriendly energy. Bring our sons and daughters home safe and let them build an energy stable environment for their kids, here at home with friendly sources. Prove to the world we really are free.