Tuesday, June 22, 2010

We the People

I hear complaints about illegal immigrants, and the BP oil spill on a regular basis. The government and the oil companies are usually blamed. Yes, there is enough guilt to spread around, but in the end who is really to blame? We the people.

We the people hire the illegal immigrants to work for low wages and no benefits, while we complain about illegals taking all the jobs. If we did not hire them, they would not come. If we demanded that employers who hire illegals be prosecuted, we would be run out of town on a rail. Politicians rave to the voters about the evils of illegal immigration, while carefully avoiding the real issue.

We the people have an insatiable appetite for petroleum products. We demand large, gasoline hogging vehicles and refuse to convert to alternative forms of energy. We depend upon foreign oil from countries hostile to us, while we try to escape their clutches by resorting to drilling in deep water and the pristine natural areas of our country. We continue to elect politicians, who are in the back pockets of the oil companies, and when there is a tragedy, such as the one in the Gulf of Mexico, we blame the oil company and the government.

As Pogo said, "We have met the enemy, and he is us."