The name "Compass" on the marquee of the lending institution across from the Lodi Public Library is indicative of where we are in this era. During a time when the urge to break the Tenth Commandment was prevalent, a well-manned catapult was all it took. No man's castle was secure from the rained terror of stoners.
It took the implementation of larger, more effective governments to write and enforce laws that made such brazen acts unacceptable. To deter acts of covetousness, agreeing governments outlawed acts of force. Governments maintained and acted on the privilege of securing land (and cheep labor) by declaring war for whatever reason.
The atom bomb — with its total disregard of favoritism — while it is highly respected, has altered how to use friendly persuasion to disrupt coveted tranquility.
Nations that have their own problems of overpopulation, housing, unemployment, etc. find ways of taxing their subjects (even with their lower wage scales) so that they can operate thinly veiled cartels. Acting on the premise that "this is a world without boundaries," they give their covetous operations "local" names, bringing along enough good money to buy up mortgages on property and work stations.
All they have to do is to encourage inflation (by enlarging mortgages), and buying candidates that will go along to get along. And parcel by parcel, today's secure "castles" will be history.
Our Constitution framers, knowing their would always be the "Benedict Arnolds," left the provision for Amendments so that our sovereignty could survive. As the alcoholic controllers during Prohibition used their authority to put enforcement of law above personal rights, another independent strong-arm of this government should stop the hemorrhaging of our posterity's assets.
Although we now need foreign bond buyers for our cash flow and living style, we need to tax every import. With about 300 million participants, we should generate enough service and things to live within our means.
For too long our imports have sapped our work ethics.
Duane M. Linstrom Sr.