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Is Our Country Rotting From the Inside Out?

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Cross Posted at Legal Schnauzer

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

                        -- Abraham Lincoln

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"Honest Abe" was smart about a lot of things. And he certainly was on target about the threats that pose a real danger to America's future.

Many citizens, it seems, are preoccupied with thoughts of an al Qaeda attack or hordes of illegal immigrants coming over our border with Mexico. But signs abound that America actually is rotting from the inside. We see them on the national stage; we see them close to home, here in Alabama.

The most obvious signal, in a broad sense, came with the recent debt-ceiling debate. An issue that historically has been handled as somewhat of a formality became shrouded in ugliness, pettiness, and almost paralyzing dysfunction.

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Another signal has been coming from Montgomery, Alabama, home of a federal electronic-bingo trial that clearly is tainted and might be a flat-out sham. The case went to the jury over the weekend, and a verdict could come at any moment.

Regardless of the outcome, the case has been emitting foul odors for weeks. A reasonable citizen might observe the strange proceedings and ask, "What in the name of Eric Holder is the U.S. Justice Department doing with my taxpayer dollars?"

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I live in Birmingham, Alabama, and work in higher education. I became interested in justice-related issues after experiencing gross judicial corruption in Alabama state courts. This corruption has a strong political component. The corrupt judges are (more...)

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