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Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2007 4:51 am

Perhaps we can agree on one thing. Let’s try. Where are there better neighborhoods than in the East Valley; a place called home to a million or so of us?

The day may come when we depend on each other for survival, but how do we keep our arms around each other? How do we stay together on key issues and agree to disagree on the rest? Again, let’s try.

Would you say our divisiveness, often exacerbated by the use of labels, has created a foreboding chasm of theys and thems? And, would you say it will backfire when we most need unity? Perhaps we find common ground in the following:

There are those who want to shift this country into socialism and other systems of controls our forefathers rejected. The “globalist” mentality is embraced at the expense of our sovereignty. It’s being implemented without fanfare through government and has penetrated our education and media systems.

We’ve heard about an “amero” type currency for the Western Hemisphere, recently confirmed by former Mexican President Vicente Fox on CNN’s “Larry King Live.” The White House denies such a thing, but BankIntroductions.com, a Canadian company specializing in global banking strategies, has a prediction. It told WorldNetDaily.com that the amero may be the currency of North America within 10 years. Yet, we’re left in the dark.

I don’t know all the repercussions, but the chill in my spine indicates revised banking systems will threaten America’s sovereignty. Those who watch this trend often quote our first president, George Washington: “Beware of foreign entanglements.” That topic offers dozens of columns.

Then there are the congressional national standards for identity cards (REAL ID). Word is, when they’re forced into place the end of 2009, our personal information will be more at risk, and that’s just one of the issues. Some states are fighting the mandate, claiming the card infringes on state’s rights. Arizona is currently working with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to create a 3-in-1 card to address proof of citizenship, work rights and driver’s license.

Then there is the erosion to the First and Second Amendments. In an editorial in Freedom 1st, the Official Journal of the National Rifle Association (Nov. 2007), Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre warns of growing efforts to control the airwaves.

NRA opponents, stay with me here. In the chaos of the day, the free flow of information, driven by the market place, continues to be the best hope we have as friends and neighbors. What we don’t want, can’t have, must shun with vigor is government control of our thought and speech. Before anyone signs onto this tyrannical approach to mind control, they should make sure their own ox is safe in the barn.

LaPierre claims that forces are already forming in anticipation of a Democratic clean sweep in the upcoming elections. He points to a group called Center for American Progress (CAP), headed by President Bill Clinton’s former chief of staff, John Podesta. CAP claims the success of conservative talk radio has nothing to do with the “free market of ideas.” That, I’m sure, because CAP research shows “91 percent of the total weekday talk radio programming is conservative and 9 percent progressive.” May I point out, that’s not because the progressive population hasn’t tried. It apparently has no listeners.

LaPierre says clearly the numbers are a “vote” as listeners freely choose their radio programs. He appeals to Americans to reject what could surely end up to be “Collective Radio or People’s Radio.” But here’s the punch line: “All of this is a cheat,” LaPierre says. “They can’t win in the free market, so they destroy the market.” In thinking this through, it’s kind of like limiting Coke’s distribution to force consumers to buy Pepsi.

LaPierre reminds us, “This threat is real and we can do something about it. We can vote in the coming elections to make sure nobody will abuse power this way.” There are candidates in both parties who will protect our rights.

This is something we as neighbors can come together on. We stopped the immigration bills in Congress. We’ve rediscovered people power. We must not allow authoritarian government to gain a greater foothold.

We can find unity on these issues. It serves us all, never mind labels.

Linda Turley-Hansen is a syndicated columnist and former veteran Phoenix television news anchor who lives in the East Valley. She can be reached by e-mail at letters@lindastake.com.

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