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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor March 15, 2012

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  • Are we ready to be subjects again?
    Many of our ancestors came over from their homeland because they grew weary of being a “loyal subject” of their government. Being “loyal” is not bad but few would agree that being a “subject” is good.  We enjoy many freedoms now, how close do you hold our freedoms to your heart?
    Americans have been pioneers, explorers, patriots, citizens, taxpayers, and constituents. Are we ready to be subjects once again?  
    Before our country was founded we were known as colonists … subjects of another nation. The idea of being merely a “loyal subject” of an oppressive regime which cared little about your freedom drove the early “patriots” to rebellion.  
    The USA was formed with a Constitution crafted to solve these issues. This system of government will live a long time as long as the mind-set and determination of those patriots is held by the majority of the citizens and the elected leaders we send to represent us.
    We are approaching $15 trillion in debt and we’re told it’s an income problem. We’re also told that more taxes will solve this. Winston Churchill said, “We contend that for a nation to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle,”  and “a lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.”  
    I feel we are being lied to daily with few aware enough to discern a lie from the truth. Given its due, the government’s role in assistance is needed for those who truly need it but it has become a lumbering behemoth scooping up all who can be convinced to follow.
    Benjamin Disraeli described the “cycle of the body politic.” This cycle explains how people go from bondage to freedom and back into bondage again through a continuing cycle.  The premise is that no democracy can long exist once the people figure out that they can “legislate” benefits for themselves at the expense of others.  
    The government can give you nothing that they haven’t already taken from others. We give up freedom for services provided by the government.  How many freedoms are we willing to cede to the government so that we can be “cared for?”
    —David Bergeson
    Dawson

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