Usually around this time of year I enjoy discussing vacation options for senior citizens in this column. One of my favorite vacation destinations, Alaska, is only a leisurely 10,000 mile round-trip road adventure away.
Estimating 18 miles to the gallon of gasoline results in the consumption of about 556 gallons of fuel. Generally higher fuel prices in both Canada and Alaska results in about $4.50 per gallon of gasoline or say an approximate cost of about $2,500 and around $3,000 if you use diesel fuel.
If you have the financial means to do so … fill up and head out! Our American economy can sure use your economical shot in the arm right now.
But, if you don’t want to (or simply can’t) expend your funds on high fuel prices this summer, here is an exciting vacation opportunity for you to participate in right where you live.
Celebrate American Independence Day in a big way this year by beginning to help recreate the independent America that most senior citizens fondly recall.
Here are some specific patriotic things that senior citizens can do to help rebuild the American dream for future generations to enjoy.
Immediately contact all of your national elected and appointed officials by telephone or snail-mail letter (email would be the last choice for effective communication) telling them that you support declaring an immediate national “energy emergency” which should temporarily allow for waivers of most if not all bureaucratically and environmentally imposed time-consuming pre-production requirements.
Also, let them know that it would be helpful if there was a new requirement to clearly identify the country of origination of basic energy commodities such as crude oil. Patriots fighting for American independence might pay less for crude oil refined into gasoline or diesel fuel produced outside of American owned or controlled soil if they knew that crude oil was actually produced in say Venezuela or Saudi Arabia.
While you’re communicating with your national leaders consider letting them know that you are willing to step up to the employment plate again to help fill some of those jobs now illegally occupied by illegal aliens from around the globe—even if you’re a retired senior citizen. Taking back American jobs for Americans, even if only on a part-time basis and even if you don’t need the income, will help us transition back to relying on our own citizens to take care of ourselves.
Americans taking care of Americans is not a foreign concept!
Also, please encourage our national leaders to cause a round-up of all illegal aliens and to quickly send them back to their own home countries thereby reducing the huge tax and social burdens imposed on legal American citizens by the illegals’ uninvited presence—we simply cannot afford to keep Lifeboat America afloat for illegal immigrants any longer especially while we’re working at rebuilding our American economic base.
And, you might mention to our national leaders that you have great concern with the shortage of “Made in USA” products available for American consumers to purchase. We senior citizens remember well the pride that the vast majority of our American-made products use to bring.
Many of us have manufacturing job skills that are perhaps needed now more than ever—especially in order to pass along those skills to the next generation of American manufacturers.
Regrettably, just as Americans have been lulled into purchasing relatively low-cost foreign imported fuel until the financial rug was less than politely pulled out from under our relatively stable economy recently, low-cost imported foreign-made clothing, motor vehicles, toys, electronics and other products have virtually shut-down much of America’s manufacturing base.
Does it do us any good as a country in need of a once-again stable economy if all we can purchase at our local retail outlets is an inferior quality, formerly Made-in-America look-alike shirt marked Made-in-China or Made-in-Indonesia?
While you’re in the mood to “take back our country,” mention to our national leaders that it was historically never intended to provide our American liberties and freedoms to those who want to do legal American citizens harm—such as the harm caused on September 11, 2001 by at least 19 Saudi Arabian religious fanatics.
Those American families who supported and defended the patriotic writers and signers of our Declaration of Independence and later our country’s Constitution certainly could never envision what has happened to our modern-day country.
As those true patriots of yesteryear were, we all should become—fighters for our freedoms and liberties if necessary.
It is time long overdue for senior citizens and all other patriotic citizens of this great country to stand up and defend our way of life and to protect ourselves from the enemies of our American way of life—both domestic and foreign residing enemies.
We may have to endure higher prices for USA Made products and energy raw materials developed within our own lands in the short-term in order to get production rolling again.
And, tariffs on foreign-made products may become necessary. Even not allowing imports of certain products and services from certain countries because of safety, economic or other issues may become necessary as well.
This year’s Fourth of July celebration provides “legal” senior citizens of the United States of America and others with an opportunity to not only reflect on the real meaning of Independence Day—but to take a stand in an effort to save our country’s honorable heritage.
True American independence is possible for our country once again with work and sacrifice by all citizens with senior American citizens setting the example of patriotism and seasoned leadership during this time of need.
© Submitted by Bob Grafe for publication on July 4, 2008