The country you save may be your own
April 7, 2010 - Rob Weaver
I strive to avoid printing submissions to our letters forum which are copy-and-paste reprints of correspondence written by another author and posted online or sent as part of a chain e-mail.
That is why a recent contribution from a Fostoria resident cannot be accepted for the forum, although the reader did give proper credit to his source, American Free Press based in Washington, D.C.
The letter is interesting, though, and sure to provoke some thoughts and debate, so I’ll pass along the bulk of it in this blog (sorry i haven’t posted in a while). Most versions found on the Internet hew closely to this one:
Karen Quinn-Tostado of Oregon says she is just an everyday lady, but she is playing a significant role in an uncommon effort to get the American people to “face their oppressors,” as she put it. Ms. Quinn-Tostado is calling on every willing American to detach from their routine and engage in a national strike from the increasingly oppressive big business-big government matrix that has snared Americans in unpayable debt, endless toil, demolished rights and broken dreams with no apparent solution.
Thus, from April 15 to April 18, Ms. Quinn-Tostado is calling for a national strike that includes these ideas: do not eat at chain restaurants (go to family-owned eateries or eat at home); and do not buy imported goods of any kind.
Actually, the column found on the American Free Press site spells out a few more supposed ideas:
Do not send your children to school on schooldays; do not eat at chain restaurants (go to family-owned eateries or eat at home); do not buy imported goods of any kind; pull your money out of the big banks and choose a small community bank or no bank; and, among other things, decide as an individual whether paying the federal income tax or any other tax possibly deemed unjust is the right thing do to.
The letter I received states the move is “based on the Articles of Freedom, which defend our Constitutional rights, as well as our individual and state sovereignty.”
I wouldn’t want to condone truancy, but I must admit the idea of avoiding imported goods is intriguing. Watch for suggestions on how to buy American -- even locally -- on Saturday Opinion pages beginning next month.