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Jack Simpson - Americans long for unity our nation once had

There's a whole lotta shakin' goin' on out there, and Jerry Lee Lewis isn't playing the piano! We got trouble, and it isn't only in River City. No, it is worldwide. The financial crisis is not something that jumped out at us from our television sreens. We are living with it.

Last weekend we had to travel from Conyers to Union City to carry some medications and supplies to a relative in an assisted-living facility. We drove past 37 gas stations, finding only four selling fuel, at $4.19 or $4.29 per gallon! Lines were long and tempers were short. The governor said things would be back to normal in a few days. Yeah, sure! People were complaining about price gouging.

We have an energy crisis. We have a financial crisis. We have a national security crisis. Holy cow, we have all kinds of crises!

We cannot sleep for worrying about bank failures, home foreclosures, loss of jobs, pensions, healthcare, the high costs of food, insurance; and, factories are moving overseas. We need our confidence restored in this country.

Who can accomplish this? Is it the president or Congress who have already contributed to failed economic policies? Looking about our community and our nation sometimes, it is hard to recognize the America we once knew.

We have become more diverse, hear more languages spoken, see more religions practiced, see our culture changing and wonder if we really share as much in common as we once did. Some of our neighbors still hold onto their own languages, their cultures and still have allegiance to their home countries. We once seemed united, and we now feel separated by race and ethnicity. Petty politics keep our leaders from coming together to fix our fiscal crisis or resolve armed conflicts. Millions of us are victimized by leaders beholden to special-interest lobbyists and fat cats. We are in a mess!

Many of us long to return to the America in which we grew up - "One Nation Under God."

We are temporarily trapped in our crises and have yet to find our way back home. We wish for a wise, strong, experienced leader who is able to rescue us and help us avoid catastrophe.

It is true. We are angry, frustrated and confused by the mess in which we find ourselves. Remember the code of the Three Musketeers, "All for one and one for all." If we join together, we can eventually reverse the demise of the nation and restore stability.

"America! America!

God shed His Grace on Thee

And Crown Thy Good with

Brotherhood ..."

Each of us can contribute by no longer living beyond our means.

Jack Simpson is a former educator, veteran, author, and a law enforcement officer. His column appears each Friday.