Do you fear our government?

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010

I agree with Mr. Gustkey's letter of Jan.15 (Lesson to be learned in U.S. history). He believes we should "be showing our youth that we, as adults, take our responsibilities seriously for the good of the community in the long run."

I do however understand the poor turnout for elections. The apathy the people have is because of our politicians. We have a two-party system. Both parties have long ignored the will of the people. From NAFTA/GATT to the recent bailout, they have forgotten who ultimately governs this great nation.

When an alternative political party rises up, they are presented as extreme (right or left). Currently in every election cycle those voting, 30 percent, vote for the candidates they believe are going to be different, but nothing changes. Perhaps, voting with a false sense of change sends the wrong message to our children. I do vote in every election (most say I throw my third-party vote away).

The two-party politicians continue to sell us out to the highest bidder. Thomas Jefferson stated "when the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." Do you fear our government?

It is time for all of us to exercise our rights and responsibilities including being active in the local Citizens Militia.

Ray Southwell


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