Gov. Richard Lamm of Colorado gave a speech in 2004, titled “I have a plan to destroy America.” In order to give you some of his ideas, it’s necessary to paraphrase his speech to give you the substance of his words.

His first observation was derived from the works of Arnold Toynbee, historian. Toynbee hypothesized that all great civilizations rise and fall because they commit suicide. The United States is no exception. Considering the political climate in the U. S. for the past 100 years, it doesn’t take a genius to understand that.

Step 2. “Make America a bilingual-bicultural country.”

Step 3. “Create crises of national existence in which minorities advocate for autonomy and independence.” Step 4. “Invent multiculturalism and encourage immigrants to maintain their own culture.”

Step 5. Cultural differences are not important. “Declare it an article of faith that the black and Hispanic dropout rate is only due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority.”

Step 6. “Celebrate diversity rather than unity.” “Stress differences rather than commonalities.”

Diverse people world-wide hate and kill each other because unity is not understood.

Step 7. Without the dominance of our “American ethnocentricity”... “ we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.” Not exactly e pluribus unum.

Step 8. Make the “fastest growing demographic group the least educated ... add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated and antagonistic to our population.”

Step 9. Encourage “the big foundations and big business to give these efforts a lot of money.”

Step 10. “Establish the cult of victimology.”

Step 11. “Get all minorities to think their lack of success was all the fault of the majority.”

Step 12. “Establish dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties.

Step 13. Through political correctness make the topics of race, sexual orientation and religion subjects, which should not be discussed except under extraordinary circumstances.

Step 14. “Make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws.”

Noam Chomsky once said, “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum.”

Professor Chomsky describes his views as “fairly traditional anarchist ones, with origins in the Enlightenment and classical liberalism,” and sometimes identifies with anarcho-syndicalism and libertarian socialism. (Wikipedia)

Now that we’ve explored the dark side of the equation, let’s see what can be said on saving America. These are the recent words of Walter Williams, Ph. D., professor of economics at George Mason University, “a society’s first line of defense is not the law but customs, traditions and moral values.

These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth, religious teachings, rules of etiquette and manners — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error.

They include important legal thou-shalt-nots — such as shalt not murder, steal, lie or cheat — but they also include all those civilities one might call ladylike or gentlemanly behavior.”

Considering the above, your choice of candidates in the coming general election should be a “no-brainer.” Sleep well.

• Don Kennedy is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in sociology. He has been a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills since 2002.

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