December 27, 2012
I grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast and for most of the year, I spent my afternoons and weekends running the neighborhood with my friends playing games in our front and backyards. The entry point into the United States for South American fire ants, Solenopsis invicta Buren, was through the seaport of my hometown of Mobile, AL. Every summer, they came out of the ground and built mounts visible to the eye that were several inches tall by a foot or two wide. With no natural enemy, they have taken root and have spread across much of the Southern U.S. Even pesticides have failed to contain them. Invariably, everyone comes into contact with them while playing or working in the yard, at some point. It’s unavoidable.
If you disturb their mound, these ants will immediately release a chemical sending the entire mount into a frenzy looking for the threat that’s attacking their home. While the ants are small, their bite and the stingy toxin that they carry is where they get their name from. Anyone, with experience, won’t lay or stand in an ant bed for any longer than a second or two or let them crawl up one’s feet or leg if you notice them, first. Otherwise, they will definitely get your attention.
The United States is so numb to reality. This was made clear on September 11, 2001 when three of four American commercial passenger jets were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center buildings and into the Pentagon. We all watched in horror and in shock as the world’s remaining superpower, with its military, was impotent to stop these well-planned attacks. So numbed and in shock, we did absolutely nothing.
The trajectory of the United States ever since has been a downward spiral. Sadly, nobody realizes it because we’re all addicts in one way or another. We’re all high on something. Last week, former Soviet Union President Mikhail Gorbachev said that the U.S. is disintegrating in the same fashion that his country did. How many of you can recognize this truth? When you say that we have a drug problem, in America, what exactly do you mean? Can you define it for me — in size and scope?