An open letter to my fellow Americans

Emily Pfaff

Dear America,
Wake up.
We’re living in a cage, and what few liberties we were granted are being stripped daily. We are spoon fed from birth through electric TV currents, radio waves, and “faith.” We’re brainwashed.
America was founded on the exploitation of its inhabitants and that same exploitation continues today.
Our ability to take a hot shower, or blast the A/C comes at the cost of the planet we depend on to survive.
The convenience of readily available flashy jewelry with large stones and precious metals come from deep within mines, far from worker unions and Human Rights.
The ease at which we slip into the market through motion activated doors, to buy our breads, cakes, 20 oz. steaks, and luscious fruit is the result of 15,000 tiny lives that are lost annually; starving children to feed the obesity epidemic in America.
Our negligence has led to devastation around the world.
Civilians, those struggling to live on the border of war in Iraq, brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers – souls with dreams in their sleep and hope for tomorrow, shot with American bullets, burned with American bombs. Victims of circumstance in the gravest of circumstances, according to U.S. foreign policy they’re more meat for the grinder and less mouths to feed.
Humanity? Insanity! If death is the way we seek life, we will never survive.
What sets us apart as a species is our conscience, analyzing mind. Our cognitive abilities have allowed us to surpass all other species on the planet in population and overall impact.
S. 1959 and bills like it that seek to give the government more control, while offering vague descriptions of what rights we’re entitled as citizens, are flooding the House floor. Eliminating more rights, generating more slavery, and further pushing conscious evolution to regress.
We are a nation of immigrants. The Conquistadors; the Explorers; the greedy; confused; hellish rush of settlers that flooded America, stained it’s soil with the blood of it’s native inhabitants and enslaved that which remained.
Wake up and protect yourself as a citizen, stay subjective. In our aim to find the truth, we might actually find some.

Emily Pfaff is City Times’ opinion editor