Lee  Culpepper

Americans have grown cynical of the political quagmire inside Washington’s Beltway. Non-stop bickering over illegal immigration, healthcare, unemployment, abortion, public education, stem-cell research, prison capacity, and more has left every conscientious American yearning for better results. However, our quibbling politicians seem to succeed only at letting us down. They brazenly promote self-centered agendas versus honoring their oaths to serve regular Americans like you and me.

Meanwhile, you and I encounter governmental failures every day. Poor citizens and non-documented aliens live in deplorable conditions that can stir sorrow in the most pitiless and greedy among us. Ill-fated gang bangers and drug addicts commit senseless crimes that can rouse a modicum of aggression even from model pacifists like Cindy Sheehan. Worse, the outrageous costs and abuses of the world’s finest healthcare system have finally been exposed (thanks to Michael Moore and his spellbinding documentary Sicko). But that’s not all; our advancements in medical science and laws protecting abortion suggest that impeding the progress of stem-cell research may no longer make sense.

Then there is our job market. Sure, America’s unemployment rate remains incredibly low, but no one can argue that idle Americans do not exist. Those Americans averse to working (in jobs illegal workers gladly accept) simply need more opportunities with better incentives. Our law-abiding-illegal workforce would likely welcome additional opportunities, as well.

On top of these problems, public education remains a disaster, despite our flushing more money down its system than ever before. Leading politicians, teacher-union spokesmen, and education gurus forever insist on wasting more of our money without producing positive results.

The problems in Washington’s often lie in the convoluted thinking behind legislative good intensions. However, all hope is not lost. Sunday night the National Geographic Channel may have unveiled a real answer to these problems in Lisa Ling’s documentary about the world’s thriving black market for human body parts. Just imagine how American competition could perfect this industry while curing many of our society’s afflictions. We simply need to make it legal.

Our politicians should remove the tolls and barriers that encumber what we could entitle The Comprehensive-Universal-Body-Parts Solution. It’s a bipartisan plan that would offer something to everyone. First, we would begin by recruiting illegal immigrants willing to harvest some of their body parts for medical research and organ transplants. Unlike a communist approach, our program would be strictly voluntary -- except for extreme criminal offenses, of course.


Lee Culpepper

Lee Culpepper is a recovering high school English teacher and former Marine. He currently teaches firearm courses and has resumed his passion for writing.