Independence is a great attribute to have. Independence allows us to branch out and focus our energies on greater tasks. Independence for a nation is of utmost importance. Without independence, a nation becomes dependent on other nations whose own interests rightly outweigh the dependent nation’s needs. Therefore, the dependent nation becomes on some level subject to the whims of the countries that have the resources it needs. It becomes increasingly problematic when the nation that a dependent nation depends on, harbors a mass population with no love for that nation.
Energy independence is a buzz term you hear all the time in the mainstream media. There is no doubt that our oil reserves are larger than the nations we depend upon. (LEFEBVRE & SIDER, 2014) What cause us to still depend on these suspect nations for our energy reserves? Oil is considered by many to be a pollutant, and there can be no doubt it is. The practices by which we extract this oil has also caused some concern among the green energy crowd. Our ambitions for green energy have not yet caught up with our desire to employ them. I believe we must still depend on oil to maintain a strong and independent nation.
This great country was once entirely independent of other nations in terms of food production. We were able to entirely feed our population without importing foods. Today, the nation’s cattle herd is smaller than it was in the 1950s! (Shields, 2014) However, our citizen population has grown tremendously since the 1950s. We now must import much of our beef, and beef prices continue to climb. This is only a symptom of the a greater problem. We have become a consumer based economy.
We once proudly manufactured most of the products sold in America, in America! Imagine that if you can. Now, we import so much of what we use. So many of our manufacturing jobs have been lost to overseas manufacturing. This makes our economy nothing more than a paper tiger. We don’t have the hard assets to back up our fiat currency. We are now the largest debtor nation in the world!! (Rogers, 2014) These are tough time for our economy. The government paid economists will tell you that everything is okay, and it will be for them. This nation is in trouble.
We must as a people go back to the pioneering spirit that made this country great! We must consider indepence a golden principle and a goal we must achieve. We should look for alternative sources of energy and find ways to make them affordable. We have to use what we have to keep our nation from collapsing. We need to support our farmers and ranchers. We should also promote small farming and ranching. We have these large mega companies freezing out their competition, and that is not the definition of a free market. We have to go back to our manufacturing base, and proudly produce products in America. We don’t want America to continue to fall into decay and become beyond repair. Altruism is a good attribute to have, but not if you slit your own throats in the process.
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Rogers, J. (2014). US is exceptional, it’s the largest debtor in the history of the world: Jim Rogers. MINING.com. Retrieved 12 July 2014, from http://www.mining.com/us-is-exceptional-its-the-largest-debtor-in-the-history-of-the-world-jim-rogers-81368/
Shields, B. (2014). America’s Cattle Herd Smaller Than Anytime Since the 50′s. KRON4 – San Francisco Bay Area News. Retrieved 12 July 2014, from http://news.kron4.com/news/americas-cattle-herd-smaller-than-anytime-since-the-50s/