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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Two Things the Candidates did not Say

I sent a letter to the editor of our local newspaper. The content is self explanatory. I'll let you know if they print it:

As I paged through the Chronicle this week, it was with mixed emotions that I read about 2 individuals announcing their candidacy for county mayor. A third candidate had a half page ad. Indeed we have yet another election coming soon and I thought for a moment how our beautiful county will be defaced once again by huge, ugly signs in yards, on telephone poles, in businesses……all inviting us to vote for a candidate, running for this, that, or the other thing. I’m already thinking, “I’ll be glad when it’s over”.

I read about the candidates. A couple touted their previous experience in government as a qualification for the top job. Others talked about their long history as local businessmen. There was talk of the very long time they had lived in Decatur County. They spoke about “responsible management”, “the county budget”, “financial responsibility”, “creation of jobs”, “working together”…….all of those generic things you hear politicians say before each election.

Then they talk about their families and their churches and on and on and on.

One thing that none of them said was, “I will respect the Constitution of the United States. I will support no law which tramples the Constitution or diminishes individual liberty and freedom!” How refreshing such a statement would be! I remember just a few months ago when the county commission tried to pass a law that would prohibit firearms in county owned parks (a clear violation of the second amendment). They reversed themselves when public outrage over the ruling caused them to wake up. If they had been thinking of the Constitution, such a matter would never have been considered in the first place. I wonder how many of the candidates and current office holders have actually read the Declaration, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights and actually understand the meaning of those documents? By the actions of many from the local to the federal level, some of them don’t have a clue or simply don’t care.

And the culmination of this is now evident in Washington, as the federal government has forced upon us a health care bill which is unconstitutional in its content and was passed in an unconstitutional manner against an overwhelming majority of American will. Of course it was never about health care. It was about big government. As we allow government to take over more and more of our lives, we slowly but surely relinquish our freedoms and liberty. And this all starts at home, folks. How many of our national politicians were once local or state politicians? The politicians will take as much rope as we will give them, and if we give them enough of it, they will soon have it around our very necks!

How about a statement from the county mayoral candidates, “I will not raise your taxes or impose any new taxes, EVER! Government is already too big and bloated! If we can’t balance the budget, we will have to make cuts! We are broke! We can’t afford to spend any more!” I did not hear this from ANY candidate so far. Most politicians are not willing to assume the tough choices imposed by such a pledge.

The country is heading down the path to socialism, communism and fascism (take your pick). America will soon cease to exist unless we stand up and say, “ENOUGH! We’re not going to stand for this anymore!” We must insist on a return to the things that have made America great and unique in the history of the world, life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and the Constitution. Our founding fathers were great men. I, for one, choose to look to them for future guidance.

1 comment:

  1. Now the politicians who read your letter in the paper will start saying some of those things, doesn't mean that they are telling the truth, doesn't mean they will keep their word after they get elected. But it would be nice for them to say it and mean it. I could vote for someone like that.

    Great letter and I'm sure it will run, the Editor of the paper seems to be a good Conservative best I can tell.

    One of the letters to the editor in today's paper was very interesting. The writer basically said "we don't have the money, we can't afford it (health care for everybody), ... but we have to do it any way because it's the right thing to do."

    The right thing for who, whom? Not for you, me, not for the country, and apparently not even for the people/children who don't have insurance. The Bill doesn't even do what average uninformed Americans think it does.

    Here's the paper:

    The Decatur County Chronicle

    Right Truth