January 15, 2013
Times have changed, so should our mindset
To the editor:
I have been listening to some of the gun advocates talking about how citizens need to have guns to defend themselves from their government. Then I got something through my Facebook page quoting George Washington as saying, “A freed people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”
I laughed until coffee came out of my nose! The thought of these aging, pot-bellied, out-of-condition vigilantes gathering together in their merry little bands with their pea-shooters (believe me, an AR-15 against the government’s fire power is a pea-shooter) made me laugh out loud.
Forget that George Washington had lived under an oppressive king. Forget that he lived in a time of single-shot muskets. Forget that he led a regulated army. He helped form a nation of laws that elevated it above the “might makes right” of regal power. The days of vigilante groups rising up and taking over the government are over and have been for a number of years. Modern organized governments call this “anarchy” and it has no place in civil society.
Falling Waters, W.Va.
New Congress needs to remember they work for us
To the editor:
The newly elected Congress now takes office, hopefully ready to take on the task of doing the people’s work, the work of the nation. As the New Year began, we very narrowly averted the fiscal cliff. It took such a crisis for Congress to come together and cooperate and compromise. Is it any wonder that over the past decade Congress has often had approval ratings lower than those of presidents?
I would remind this incoming Congress that the American people do not want political gridlock that stops up government and keeps things from getting done and problems from being solved.
What we want is cooperation and compromise. We might have voted for a form of divided government, but what the American people want and expect from Congress is cooperation and compromise, a working together, and at one time we had that.
There was a time when certainly Democrats and Republicans, conservatives and liberals had their differences. But they set those differences aside and willingly worked together. Each side gave something and each side got something in return, and together they forged legislation that both sides could accept, the president could sign and everyone could feel good about.
But not anymore. In more recent years the aisle in both the House and the Senate has become not an aisle, but a wall. A reinforced concrete wall. No one reaches across it. No one works to tear it down. Instead, they add a few more bags of concrete and a few more reinforcing bars, and both sides stubbornly dig in their heels as the wheels of government slowly grind to a halt. Is it any wonder the American People are angry with Congress?
I would also remind this new incoming Congress, we the American people voted you in to office, and if you fail to properly serve our interests, come election time again we can and will vote you out.
Raymond E. Scott II
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