My Turn by Victor S. Farrah: Nation’s problems must be addressed
There are many problems that are causing a failure to govern our country and the president to lead the country out of this mess. The president is responsible because of his failure to lead. He has failed to keep his campaign promises that he could solve our terrible problems that are the result of being involved in wars and wasting money on foreign aid, which has cost billions of dollars that we must borrow. We have debt approaching $16 trillion, and it is still growing.
I know I sound like a broken record because I keep talking about things our government can do to correct the bad course we have taken. Now, we are digging a deeper debt hole by providing aid to Syrian rebels, who are involved in a civil war.
We are losing the peace in Iraq and are in trouble in Afghanistan.
We are being pushed into warn with Iran by the Zionist government in Israel. This is where the people want peace and a two-state solution to a problem that causes terrorism all over the world. Powerful supporters of Israel like William Kristol, Henry Kissinger, Martin Indyk, Paul Wolfowitz, Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham want war with Iran and have succeeded in pressing the president toward that terrible end.
Another issue: We have a serious immigration problem that has become a political football. There are an estimated 20 million illegal immigrants in our country today. I do not know why, at 88 years old, I should have to learn Spanish because it is apparently becoming our second language. That is a disgrace. My parents, immigrants from Syria in the early 1900s, learned English. We must repair a broken immigration system. We are Americans and have got along with the English language for 235 years as a great country!
Other great political problems are the disgraceful and illegal Internal Revenue Service and the illegal Federal Reserve System that cost our nation serious depressions in 1929 and 2008. These departments of government were created by President Woodrow Wilson, who lied about sending our troops to war. He reinstated the Federal Reserve in 1913 after it had been abolished in 1938 by President Andrew Jackson, a great leader who in 1840 collected a $40 million debt owed by France.
Another big problem is our failure to meet the need in our country for doctors, engineers, nurses and many different kinds of technical jobs. Part of the problem is that too many of our high school graduates cannot college, and yet Congress is sending billions of dollars in foreign aid to countries that hate us. We should develop a system where students can borrow from a special college fund at 2 or 3 percent interest and pay it back from their earnings after college. Today, we cannot afford to do this because we spend billions supporting our troops and armed forces in 109 countries. This is outrageous!
Time is running out, and these problems must be addressed. Our concern should be the preservation of the greatest document ever written — the Constitution of the United States of America. Citizens, let us rally around our great flag that has been stained by the blood of so many brave Americans.
Victor S. Farrah lives in Salisbury.
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