Dear Editor – The Fuel Crisis
By: By Jeremy Michael Thayer, Martin
The “Fuel” Crisis
Many people around the country are affixed to this crisis of high priced gasoline. We look with disdain at every station sign we stroll past. “Look at that! It went up 5 more cents…” has become a strong part of the American conversation.
As a result, food prices have skyrocketed. Businesses are closing their doors forever. Our home sales have plummeted to all time lows. Industries are found idle, while unemployment rates increase nationwide.
To put it all into a nutshell … America is afraid.
The country that endured war for independence, war for civil rights, plagues, famines, “The Great Depression,” “The Cold War,” etc. … is suddenly scared because, we might not have enough resources to power our SUV’s! The American population is frightened at the thought of the disruption of daily life. The masses throughout this great land are “shaking in their boots” at the thought that our sliced bread might have a 25 cent increase, or our eggs may not be “on sale” any more.
I certainly understand that there are many in this country on fixed incomes. There are many disabled and impoverished people without reserve or resource. Many families in this country are struggling to hold to their accustomed way of life, yet at every instance they come up short.
But, when I look at this great land with its diminishing amber waves of grain; I can still see hope. We, throughout our American generations; have endured so much that a “crisis of fuel” pales in comparison.
I ask you Americans … what is our fuel?
Is it the dark yellow liquid that fills our vehicles and moves our families, or is it the driving spirit of American pride? A force that throughout the ravages of war has endured, and in the bellows of our complacent hearts refuses to die! It is the substance that has conquered and the power that has flourished!
Why is it that we are afraid of the price or lack of a flammable liquid, when America has always run on faith, hope and love? We have been the awe-struck visage of the world for over 200 years, yet we are seemingly feeble and lame in its sight because of a high-priced explosive liquid.
I urge you all for the sake of this great land … “Americans… acquire another taste!”
Jeremy Michael Thayer