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                                INTRODUCTION

To be able to call oneself "American" has long been a source of pride for
those fortunate enough to live in this great land. The word "America" has
always been synonymous with strength in the defense of our highest ideals of
liberty, justice and opportunity, not only for ourselves, but for those
throughout the world less fortunate than we.

America's greatest strength has always been her people, individuals laying
their differences aside to work in partnership to achieve common goals. In
our greatest moments, it has been our willingness to join together and work
as long and as hard as it takes to get the job done, regardless of the cost,
that has been the lifeblood of our great land.

From America's inception, we have been a nation of innovators unfettered by
hidebound convention, a safe harbor for captains unafraid to boldly chart a
new course through untried waters. This courage to dare greatly to achieve
great things has made our nation strong and proud, a leader of men and of
nations from the very first days of her birth. And since the days of her
birth, millions of men and women whose hearts yearn for freedom and the
opportunity to make a better life for themselves and their families have
journeyed, often enduring terrible hardship, to our shores to add their
skills and their dreams to the great storehouse of hope known as America.

The Pilgrims, the Founding Fathers, the Pioneers - the brave men and women
who have fought and endured to the end all wars both civil and international
- this history of heroism and dedication in defense of ideals both personal
and national has long been a treasured legacy of bravery and determination
-against all odds which we have handed down like family heirlooms from
generation to generation.

For we are like family, we Americans, often quarrelling among ourselves but
banding together in times of adversity to support one another and fight side
by side against a common foe threatening our way of life. This bold and
brash, brave young land has long given its best and brightest to lead our
country to its lofty position in the world as a bastion of freedom and a
beacon of hope for all the peoples of the Earth.

For many, the dreams they had for America were dreams they never lived to
see fulfilled, but it mattered not to them, for their vision for this nation
was meant to last longer and to loom larger than a mere mortal lifespan. Our
national vision of integrity and responsibility, of concern for one's fellow
man, the flame inside that demands of us that we shall not rest until there
is peace and justice for all - these are the fundamental stones which form
the strong foundation of our national purpose and identity.

And on this foundation rests, not only the hopes of those blessed to live in
this great land, but the hopes of millions throughout the word who believe
in, and strive for, a better life for themselves and their children. For
hundreds of years, the knowledge that America was there - proud, generous,
steadfast, courageous - willing and able to enter the fray wherever human
rights were threatened or denied, has given many who may never see her
shores the will to endure despite the pain, to continue trying against
sometimes insurmountable odds.

Yet without vigilance and constant tender care, even the strongest
foundation shows the effects of stress and erosion. Even the most imposing
edifice can eventually crumble and fall. So it is with nations, and with a
nation's spirit.

We have seen in this second half of the twentieth century great advances in
technology which have impacted every aspect of modern life. Ironically,
though we are living in the "age of communication", it often seems as if we
have less time now to talk or listen. For most, modern conveniences haven't
gotten them off the treadmill; they have only made the treadmill go faster.

Quietly, yet rapidly, the small town values of community and common purpose
are vanishing. Instead of strength in numbers, we as a nation are
increasingly being split into smaller and smaller competing factions, with
the cry of "every man for himself' ringing through the land. It seems that
the phrase, "divide and conquer" has taken the place of, "One nation under
God indivisible, with truth and justice for all". Americans are retreating
behind the locked doors of their individual homes, afraid to enjoy the
sunset for fear of the darkness it brings.

When and where did it all begin to crumble? How and why has America, which
once was a nation whose strength united was so much more than the sum of its
total parts, begin to break apart into bitterly opposing special interest
groups? What will this frightening pattern of disintegration mean to the
future of America and of those who live within her shores? Let it be
remembered, and remembered well, the words of the Holy Bible: "a house
divided against itself cannot stand". And let us not flinch from facing the
truth that we have become a nation desperately divided.

With the long legacy of pride, determination, and strength in unity, how has
it now come to this, that we are fighting ourselves? Finally, and most
vitally important of all, what can we do to turn the tide before the values
and opportunities which others before us fought and died to preserve are
washed away in the flood to come?

What you are about to see is the result of years of painstaking and
meticulous research on the part of dedicated Americans gravely concerned for
this nation's future. Please examine this information closely and give your
undivided attention to this presentation, for our future as individuals and
free citizens of this mighty land depends upon it.

We are not here to showcase personalities -- the presenters could be any one
of you here today. We are, first and last, concerned Americans much like
yourselves, taking our stand in defense of the nation we love. Much effort
has been expended, and great hardships endured, by the American Agricultural
Movement and many other organizations and individuals to bring this
information to the public forum.

There is a wealth of information about many of the problems we face as a
nation today, written from a variety of viewpoints. But as with a deadly
illness, there is usually a point of origin, from which the threat first was
given life. So it is with the threat we as Americans face today -- an
illness which could prove fatal if we do not act quickly and in concert to
cure the body politic before it dies from the disease within.

Almost all the problems we are facing today can be traced back to a single
point of origin, in a time of national trouble and despair. It was at this
point, when our nation struggled for its survival, that the Constitution of
the United States of America was effectively cancelled. We are in a State of
Emergency!

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