Friday, November 6, 2015

Surf On! A Eulogy from a Son to His Father


"Spend your life in the pursuit of perfection. Though, you will ultimately fail; do not lose heart; for along the way, you will most certainly attain excellence." - Craig Kent Marks (January 8,1960 - November 5, 2015)

        This is going to be the most difficult piece that I have ever written. I am not entirely sure how it will end up, but please, bare with me. The sole intent of this piece is to pay homage to my, now, deceased Father. The first thing that I can guarantee you is that as my Father's Son, I am not going to stand here and tell you who God is, or what you need to do to become closer to God. In my Father's own words, I will offer you this. Do you believe in God? Good. That's all I need to know. The other stuff is there for you to figure out for yourself. When considering what to say about, arguably, the most influential male figure in my life, I believe that it is safe to say that I would not be the person that I am today, if Craig Marks had never entered my life. He was an example to me on how to be a proper and honorable man. He was never perfect, in fact, at times, he was what a hormonal teenage boy would call, a jerk, but he was an amazing Father, no matter my adolescent logic. He was always there for me, and he never failed to back me up when I was in trouble. 
        The reason that I can say this is because, I know, while I had my moments in life where his chest swelled with pride over his Son, I too had more than my share of moments, where any lesser man would have willingly labeled me a little brat and would have been justified in doing so. My Father, however, spent most all of the time that he had with me, working to help build me up on a good foundation, rather than giving up and watching me fall. Though, admittedly, a fall was what I needed from time to time.
        I suppose I can begin by recounting some of my most significant memories of my Father. My earliest clear memory of my Father was in a swimming pool. I was only about two and half years old, and my parents had just gotten married. My Father was in the Navy, and we followed him to his Advanced Job School, where the Navy was training him to be an Electronics Specialist. He had the weekends off, and he used to take me swimming. The imagery is fuzzy, but the joy of the moment is as clear as if it had happened yesterday. 
         The next memory that most stands out to me is how I was taught to swim. Some may think the proposition to be slightly barbarous, but consider that birds teach their young to fly in much the same way. After my Father was out of the Navy, we stayed in San Diego, and he went to work for Packord. We lived in a small apartment complex located at the corner of Imperial Beach Blvd and the beach. Not far from our building was a very long and very tall pier. It was early summer, and in that area that meant that pods of Nurse Sharks were in the local waters. My Father, then took me out into one of these pods, and let me go. I was not aware, at the time that Nurse Sharks are passive. I learned how to keep myself above water very quickly that day. I never needed swimming lessons after that. I was also never afraid of the water after that day. In fact, if I could swim in open water every single day of my life, I would be a very happy man.
        This is followed by an encounter that I had with a bully in the eighth grade. I have never been one to enjoy violence.  It makes me uncomfortable, to the point of even making me sick if I hurt someone. That year, there was this particular young boy, who turned terrorizing me into his personal fun time. This went on for most of the year, until I finally snapped and bruised the boy very badly. I got in a lot of trouble because I hurt him so bad. When the school called my Father, he left work, came to the school, and asked me what had happened. He then turned to the Principal of the School, and said that if he prosecuted me, he would make sure that his next birthday was spent broke and homeless in the street. I ended getting the minimum punishment for that offense.
        I must admit, now, that he had to have been putting on a little bit of a show, but that is not what I got from the experience that day. I learned a very valuable lesson that day, one that has stuck with me to this very day. Violence is not a good thing, and it is certainly not okay to hurt people without cause, but there comes that rare day, when you are forced to inform the offending party that their day has come. There comes a day when you have to let people know that they have gone too far, and that if they cross any further, they will pay for it. Of course, he told me, use your judgement, but never let anyone abuse you or tell you that you are worthless. Stand up for yourself, no matter what.
        I am sure that there are many more childhood experiences that I could bring up , but I would like to shift to High School Graduation and further. From that day on, no matter the situation, whether I was in the wrong, or I was spot on, my Father always spoke to me like a man. This means a lot to a young man trying to find his way in the world. He has also been there for all of the lows. Every time I achieved a goal that I set for myself, he was there for me in pen or person. He made it to all of my graduations, and he was there for me when I was struggling to just get out of bed in the morning. He also never stopped pushing me forward. What's Next? He would say this every single time, and every single time, it drove me to do yet more to improve myself. 
        My life has been forever plagued by a very poor sense of self worth. I have second guessed myself, questioned my morals, and even attempted to erase the past. At least, up until my father died, that is what I thought it was. What it really was, was an ability to constantly evolve and to each day of my life, work to make myself better than I was the day before. It is the ability to compromise, the ability to the see the world from another person's perspective, and the ability to admit when I am wrong and make adjustments accordingly. This is accompanied by a sense of integrity that is stronger than my own conscience. These are the attributes of a man of courage, sacrifice, integrity, duty, faith, and honor. These are the things that my father sought to teach me my whole life, and I am grateful to the heavens, to say that he was successful. I have never been perfect, but in the pursuit of perfection, I have achieved great things for myself that have changed my life for the better.
        Today, we bury a man who, despite his flaws, embodies these attributes to the fullest. He gave up his entire future to attend to the needs of myself and my mother. He raised good children, and leaves behind him a good family. As we sit here today honoring his memory, I can imagine that there is a wave off the coast of Waikiki that is calling his name. He has done his duty, he has fought the fight, he has run the race, and he has left only good memories in his wake. Let us, then, offer him this prayer, as we watch him Surf into the sunset to his meeting with God. 


        Merciful Father, we have squandered our days with plans of many things, but the time that we spent with Craig Kent Marks was not among them. For all that we ought to have thought, but have not thought; for all that we ought to have done but have not done; for all that we ought to have said, but have not, we pray thee, God, for forgiveness, and ask only that for the rest of lives, we retain in our hearts the memory of a man that changed our all of our lives for the better. This we pray in the name of God. Amen.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Marijuana and Decriminalization


"The illegality of Cannabis is outrageous, an impediment to full utilization of a drug, which helps produce the serenity and insight, the sensitivity and fellowship so desperately needed in this increasingly mad and dangerous world." - Carl Sagan


        First, I must admit that every vice that humans engage in as they try endlessly to numb the pain of disappointment can be abused. Nicotine, alcohol, aspirin, cough medicine, designer drugs, legal prescription drugs, hallucinogens, and yes even marijuana. For me, marijuana is separated from these other addictions by a very important distinction. It is the flower off of a frigging plant that is grown in the ground! It is that simple. It does not have to be altered chemically to produce the desired effects; unlike heroin and cocaine, who require the use of ether or its substitutes to produced the desired effects. Nicotine is predominantly inhaled, but other mediums like chew and snuff are available. These delivery systems cause lung cancer, throat cancer, mouth cancer, and many other ailments. Alcohol is best known for the damage that it does to the liver. Aspirin has been shown to have negative effects on your ability to think. 
        A great many of these other drugs can do serious damage to the human brain and not just after years of use. Some can be so severe as to kill the user after one use. Marijuana does not have such severe effects, though it has been made out to look like it does through the use of ignorant propaganda campaigns. The only real thing that can be seen as a negative, even by users, is the tendency to exercise a great deal of laziness. It can create an intensely lethargic mood that can make it difficult for a person to attend to their obligations. Even this, however, is not really a broad problem. Stoners are not getting fire from their jobs for being cool and relaxed when they get to work.
        The biggest problem lies more in the ridiculous laws that have been passed to keep people from smoking. Ten year jail sentences, denial of employment, violent arrests, and many other methods are used to keep people from smoking a flower that makes them happy and more willing to get along with new people. The laws should be reversed. Make more people smoke weed so they will stop acting like jackwods. Aside from that, the effects of marijuana can be more difficult for a child to endure, when it comes to the traditional methods of consuming marijuana though implements such as pipes, rolling papers, bongs, and the like. There does need to be some sort of regulation on the actions of minors, and the use of THC for reasons other than medical purposes. I am not advocating what those regulations should be, but I am saying that they should be considered seriously. There should also be very close attention paid to the difference between legalization and decriminalization. A legalized action has zero restrictions on its performance, while a decriminalized action has regulations, whether weak or strong, on its performance. If an action is forbidden, then it is illegal.
         Now, for the kicker, why on Gaia's Green Earth are politicians not jumping on this cash machine? The states that have decriminalized marijuana for recreational purposes have made millions of dollars, and the tax revenue off sales has gone up steadily each year that they have had such laws in effect. How many entire states have a population that is living in near squalor? How many states have cities that are falling apart from disrepair? These revenues could go a long way to resolving these issues. The states of Mississippi and Arkansas could finally afford plumbing for once! This is a slight joke on my part; of course, but consider the cities of Detroit and Flint, Michigan. Revenues from state wide marijuana sales could be put to cleaning up the water supply in the region, be put to use rebuilding their infrastructure, modernizing factory lots, improving their dreadful education system, reopening many, now, unfunded medical clinics, and reclaiming entire neighborhoods that have been to natural reclamation and abandoned by their local governments as non-essential, among countless other possibilities. 
         These are just examples. Every state, and the entire nation, would benefit. Imagine the reduction in the non-violent crime rate that would ensue from the decriminalization of marijuana. The statistics are staggering. I know why it has not happened yet, though. Too many industries are caught in the profits of it being illegal. The Prison Industrial Complex, alone, might very well be crippled by the decriminalization of marijuana. This is not just because fewer people would be getting arrested on pot charges. It is also because any normal person that smokes weed has no desire to get violent or aggressive with another person. Why would they want to screw up their high like that? Fewer ignorant arguments makes fewer fights and fewer arrest charges for domestic or public displays of violence. Leave the poison that is alcohol take up that trade. This is, of course, also a threat to the political establishment. People that smoke weed like to talk, and they do not care who they are talking to. In fact, weed encourages happy people to seek out more happy people. This leads to everyone getting along. It also ends us up in the sack with one another, an added benefit, if you ask me. The government can't play the game of divide and conquer that they love so much with us, if we are all talking to each other, getting along, making babies with one another, and realizing, all together that most of the laws that govern our behavior in the twenty-first century are a load of racist, sexist, and criminal crap. Think on it.

What follows is a medical report released by www.cannabis-med.org, accompanied by another report that discusses the natural THC receptors in the human brain. This was has Harvard to back it up.

General Remarks

There are marked differences in the knowledge on the medical uses of cannabis and cannabinoids in different diseases. For nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, anorexia and cachexia in HIV/AIDS, chronic, especially neuropathic pain, spasticity in multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury there is strong evidence for medical benefits. For many other indications, such as epilepsy, pruritus and depression there is much less available data. However, the scientific evidence for a specific indication does not necessarily reflect the actual therapeutic potential for a given disease.

Clinical studies with single cannabinoids or whole plant preparations (smoked cannabis, cannabis extract) have often been inspired by positive anecdotal experiences of patients employing crude cannabis products. The anti-emetic, the appetite enhancing, relaxing effects, analgesia, and therapeutic use in Tourette's syndrome were all discovered in this manner. 

Incidental observations have also revealed therapeutically useful effects. This occurred in a study with patients with Alzheimer's disease wherein the primary issue was an examination of the appetite-stimulating effects of THC. Not only appetite and body weight increased, but disturbed behaviour among the patients also decreased. The discovery of decreased intraocular pressure with THC administration in the beginning of the 1970s was also serendipitous. Additional interesting indications that have not been scientifically investigated, but remain common problems in modern medicine may benefit from treatment with cannabis or cannabinoids. For this reason, surveys have been conducted questioning individuals that use cannabis therapeutically. They were conducted either as oral non-standardized interviews in the course of investigations of state or scientific institutions (House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology in the UK, Institute of Medicine in the USA) on the therapeutic potential of cannabis or as anonymous surveys using standardized questionnaires.

Nausea and Vomiting

Treatment of side effects associated with antineoplastic therapy is the indication for cannabinoids which has been most documented, with about 40 studies (THC, nabilone, other THC analogues, cannabis). Most trials were conducted in the 1980s. THC has to be dosed relatively highly, so that resultant side effects may occur comparatively frequently. THC was inferior to high-dose metoclopramide in one study. There are no comparisons of THC to the modern serotonin antagonists. Some recent investigations have shown that THC in low doses improves the efficacy of other antiemetic drugs if given together. In folk medicine cannabinoids are popular and are often used in other causes of nausea including AIDS and hepatitis.

Anorexia and Cachexia

An appetite enhancing effect of THC is observed with daily divided doses totalling 5 mg. When required, the daily dose may be increased to 20 mg. In a long-term study of 94 AIDS patients, the appetite-stimulating effect of THC continued for months, confirming the appetite enhancement noted in a shorter 6 week study. THC doubled appetite on a visual analogue scale in comparison to placebo. Patients tended to retain a stable body weight over the course of seven months. A positive influence on body weight was also reported in 15 patients with Alzheimer's disease who were previously refusing food. 

Spasticity

In many clinical trials of THC, nabilone and cannabis, a beneficial effect on spasticity caused by multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury has been observed. Among other positively influenced symptoms were pain, paraesthesia, tremor and ataxia. In some studies improved bladder control was observed. There is also some anecdotal evidence of a benefit of cannabis in spasticity due to lesions of the brain.

Movement Disorders

There are some positive anecdotal reports of therapeutic response to cannabis in Tourette's syndrome, dystonia and tardive dyskinesia. The use in Tourette's syndrome is currently being investigated in clinical studies. Many patients achieve a modest improvement, however some show a considerable response or even complete symptom control. In some MS patients, benefits on ataxia and reduction of tremor have been observed following the administration of THC. Despite occasional positive reports, no objective success has been found in parkinsonism or Huntington disease. However, cannabis products may prove useful in levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson disease without worsening the primary symptoms.

Pain

Large clinical studies have proven analgesic properties of cannabis products. Among possible indications are neuropathic pain due to multiple sclerosis, damage of the brachial plexus and HIV infection, pain in rheumatoid arthritis, cancer pain, headache, menstrual pain, chronic bowel inflammation and neuralgias. Combination with opioids is possible.

Glaucoma

In 1971, during a systematic investigation of its effects in healthy cannabis users, it was observed that cannabis reduces intraocular pressure. In the following 12 years a number of studies in healthy individuals and glaucoma patients with cannabis and several natural and synthetic cannabinoids were conducted. cannabis decreases intraocular pressure by an average 25-30%, occasionally up to 50%. Some non-psychotropic cannabinoids, and to a lesser extent, some non-cannabinoid constituents of the hemp plant also decrease intraocular pressure. 

Epilepsy

The use in epilepsy is among its historically oldest indications of cannabis. Animal experiments provide evidence of the antiepileptic effects of some cannabinoids. The anticonvulsant activity of phenytoin and diazepam have been potentiated by THC. According to a few case reports from the 20th century, some epileptic patients continue to utililize cannabis to control an otherwise unmanageable seizure disorder. Cannabis use may occasionally precipitate convulsions.

Asthma

Experiments examining the anti-asthmatic effect of THC or cannabis date mainly from the 1970s, and are all acute studies. The effects of a cannabis cigarette (2% THC) or oral THC (15 mg), respectively, approximately correspond to those obtained with therapeutic doses of common bronchodilator drugs (salbutamol, isoprenaline). Since inhalation of cannabis products may irritate the mucous membranes, oral administration or another alternative delivery system would be preferable. Very few patients developed bronchoconstriction after inhalation of THC.

Dependency and Withdrawal

According to historical and modern case reports cannabis is a good remedy to combat withdrawal in dependency on benzodiazepines, opiates and alcohol. For this reason, some have referred to it as a gateway drug back. In this context, both the reduction of physical withdrawal symptoms and stress connected with discontinuance of drug abuse may play a role in its observed benefits.

Psychiatric Symptoms

An improvement of mood in reactive depression has been observed in several clinical studies with THC. There are additional case reports claiming benefit of cannabinoids in other psychiatric symptoms and diseases, such as sleep disorders, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorders, and dysthymia. Various authors have expressed different viewpoints concerning psychiatric syndromes and cannabis. While some emphasize the problems caused by cannabis, others promote the therapeutic possibilities. Quite possibly cannabis products may be either beneficial or harmful, depending on the particular case. The attending physician and the patient should be open to a critical examination of the topic, and a frankness to both possibilities.

Autoimmune Diseases and Inflammation

In a number of painful syndromes secondary to inflammatory processes (e.g. ulcerative colitis, arthritis), cannabis products may act not only as analgesics but also demonstrate anti-inflammatory potential. For example, some patients employing cannabis report a decrease in their need for steroidal and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Moreover there are some reports of positive effects of cannabis self-medication in allergic conditions. It is as yet unclear whether cannabis products may have a relevant effects on causative processes of autoimmune diseases.

Miscellaneous, Mixed Syndromes

There are a number of positive patient reports on medical conditions that cannot be easily assigned to the above categories, such as pruritus, hiccup, ADS (attention deficit syndrome), high blood pressure, tinnitus, chronic fatigue syndrome, restless leg syndrome, and others. Several hundreds possible indications for cannabis and THC have been described by different authors. For example, 2,5 to 5 mg THC were effective in three patients with pruritus due to liver diseases. Another example is the successful treatment of a chronic hiccup that developed after a surgery. No medication was effective, but smoking of a cannabis cigarette completely abolished the symptoms.

Cannabis products often show very good effects in diseases with multiple symptoms that encompassed within the spectrum of THC effects, for example, in painful conditions that have an inflammatory origin (e.g., arthritis), or are accompanied by increased muscle tone (e.g., menstrual cramps, spinal cord injury), or in diseases with nausea and anorexia accompanied by pain, anxiety and depression, respectively (e.g. AIDS, cancer, hepatitis C). 

THC Receptors in the Brain

Cannabinoid receptors, located in the brain, are part of the Endocannabinoid system which is involved in a variety of physiological processes including appetite, pain-sensation, mood, and memory.

Cannabinoid receptors are of a class of cell membrane receptors under the G protein-coupled receptor superfamily. As is typical of G protein-coupled receptors, the cannabinoid receptors contain seven transmembrane spanning domains. Cannabinoid receptors are activated by three major groups of ligands: endocannabinoids, produced by the mammillary body; plant cannabinoids (such as Cannabidiol, produced by the cannabis plant); and synthetic cannabinoids (such as HU-210). All of the endocannabinoids and plant cannabinoids are lipophilic, such as fat soluble compounds.

There are currently two known subtypes of cannabinoid receptors, termed CB1 and CB2.The CB1 receptor is expressed mainly in the brain (central nervous system or "CNS"), but also in the lungs, liver and kidneys. The CB2 receptor is expressed mainly in the immune system and in hematopoietic cells.Mounting evidence suggests that there are novel cannabinoid receptors that is, non-CB1 and non-CB2, which are expressed in endothelial cells and in the CNS. In 2007, the binding of several cannabinoids to the G protein-coupled receptor GPR55 in the brain was described.

The protein sequences of CB1 and CB2 receptors are about 44% similar. When only the transmembrane regions of the receptors are considered, amino acid similarity between the two receptor subtypes is approximately 68%. In addition, minor variations in each receptor have been identified. Cannabinoids bind reversibly and stereo-selectively to the cannabinoid receptors. Subtype selective cannabinoids have been developed which theoretically may have advantages for treatment of certain diseases such as obesity.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Anti-Immigration Laws are Both Inhumane and Contrary to Historical Reality


"The truth is, Immigrants tend to be more American than people born here." - Chuck Palahniuk


        Who, among us, would honestly contest with a clear head that a living breathing human being could ever be illegal? This puts an image in my mind that there are people in the world who genuinely question another human being's natural right to exist and feel justified in doing so. I know, they know, and the whole world knows that this disgusting mentality in an unfortunate reality. Adept in the timelessly successful application of the law of divide and conquer, a total warping of the concept, the farce that is the white cultural hegemony has used racism, classicism, sexism, terrorism, submission, and many more isms to keep the American people, of all creeds and breeds, from ever gaining a true understanding of who their real enemies and allies are. This is absolutely repugnant and shameful, and I am expected to sit back and act as though I do not see what is going on plain as I see sun in the sky. I am not at all sorry to say that that is not the way I operate. There is not a single reactionary piece of federal immigration legislation in this country's history that has ever been fair or democratic. They have all been predicated on the concept that a human being can be declared illegal. Such logic is inhumane, and it is abysmal that legislation is still being proposed, with the same language and goals of historical failures like the Alien and Sedition Acts, the Chinese Exclusion Act,  and countless other abject failures. Aside from calling people illegal, such legislation has always ignored the reality of modern human migration patterns.
         Poor uneducated whites have done, are doing, and will do again some of the most ignorant things imaginable in defense of the very same people that keep them poor, the very same people that keep African Americans and other ethnicities down and use those very same poor whites to do it. In order to secure their cooperation, rich whites avail poor whites of the once ways.They are fascinated by stories of days when a white man could be secure in just being a white man, and they are trained and manipulated to such an extent that they hate their most natural allies simply because they have a different skin pigmentation. After all, like in many occasions throughout out human history, superior numbers are almost always a huge advantage. Worse, they are constantly whipped into frenzies over the tiniest of occurrences, so much so that the hysteria that follows is near comical. The propaganda that accompanies it is just as bad. There are still people in the United States that question Barack Obama's place  of birth.
         Now, take this cultural distaste for all things different that is ingrained in the culture of white superiority, and apply into the ever sizzling political paradox that is immigration. Workers from Mexico have been invited into the this country time and time again to do the jobs that a great many 'white' people feel are beneath their status as white people. Yet, the moment anything remotely goes wrong for anyone, those very same people are rounded up and punished for being brown. The same thing happens to people from the Middle East and Asia. They are brought to this country to fill needed technical jobs, to train our workforce, and to learn and teach at our schools, and as soon as one some other brown guy goes and blows something up, these people also find themselves the targets of racial violence, social and religious discrimination, and criminal investigations. Further, what of the reality that the whole of the American southwest used to be part of Mexico? It was not part of the United States until this country conquered the territory in a war of aggression against Mexico.
         People have been migrating throughout this region, with little attention paid to artificially drawn political boundaries, for thousands of years. To think that this very natural process, no matter its motivation; work, climate, food sources, is going to end just because leaders make laws to stop it is ridiculous. Further, there is not a single person in this country, minus those individuals descended of the indigenous peoples of these lands, who is not born of immigrants. The Irish, Scottish, Welsh, African Americans, English, Germans, Scandinavians, French, Italians, Turks, Arabs, Russians, Polish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Philippinos, and any other group that cannot trace their ancestral root in this country further back than the early 1600s is born of immigrants. Each one of these groups, whether they came to this country voluntarily or by force, has ancient roots on other continents. Europeans were invaders, not natives, and the Africans that they brought with them were hostages of foreign nations, not cheap labor. If anyone should be kicked out of this hemisphere, it is the millions of people who cling to whitehood like its a protective cloak. Send them back to Europe with nothing but their junk in their hands and see how well they are treated. They will be treated like the bastards that they have become, will be unwelcome, and will socially criticized for ruining modern European culture. Give them a chance to see what it feels like.
         So, classicism keeps the poor rotting in their in obscurity and racism, along with other forms of discrimination, keeps those poor people sectioned off into movable parts that can be manipulated according to the needs of the political situation. Immigration is just another political tool used to separate the many from one another, so that the few can assure that their position remains secure. The first crack in this facade is the complete abandonment of this white cultural superiority by the very poor white people that have done much of the ground work to build it. This is not, unfortunately, going to likely to be accomplished any time soon. What is happening instead, as the complacent ignore the travesty, is that millions of people are being huddled into surplus government buildings like chattel. They are being processed like livestock, and their future is being determined by a government that is hostile towards their very existence and the fact that they must allow them to continue to exist out of pure economic necessity. They would, otherwise, care nothing for them. Does this sound all familiar? Read up on American slavery if it doesn't.
         Here is a possible solution. Change what it means to be a citizen. Adapt what it means to be an American, and invest people in their country instead of trying to break them down. Further, this must be applied to everyone that seeks it, no matter their circumstances, so long as they are determined to be of sound mind. Anyone with a physical disability should be accommodated in such a way that they too can contribute to their country. What is this plan, then? First, take away citizenship by birthright from EVERYONE. No one in this country will be a citizen by birth. No matter their station in life, the religion, their color, or anything else, they will have to earn their citizenship just like everyone else. A grandfather clause of some sort would be reasonable in this instance.
        The people that live here or come here will begin with civilian status. They will have access to all modern social and technological amenities; free of cost, and it will be of the highest quality. However, without citizenship status, they will not be able to participate in government affairs. Bigotry, of any kind, will not be tolerated. Service to the state will guarantee the conferment of citizenship upon anyone who is willing to serve their country, in whatever capacity they are asked to do so, and to the defend the interests of the United States. Everyone born in the Western Hemisphere is an American. There only reason that a more cooperative relationship has not been established with other American nations is because most all of them are now ruled by deocolonialized peoples, who have grown tired of the impression of White American superiority on their cultures for the sole purpose of economic rape. If every single person must answer for their own actions, why not give everyone the same chance do so? People that have served and fought together to the very edge of their lives, rarely fight against each other.