We do not value life, support liberty
We began as a nation heralding the importance of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, consciously echoing our creator’s plan for mankind.
Unfortunately, we have shattered the vision. No longer is life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness a clarion call to respect all people — a declaration of what we want for others as well as for ourselves. Nobility has given way to greed, exploitation and pervasive corruption.
No nation can claim to honor the sanctity of life when it prides itself in its willingness to take the life of the unborn to serve the convenience of others.
Whereas innocence was once protected at all costs, the weak are now the prey of the strong, victims of the self- serving.
Today, we are blindly forfeiting our liberty to political profiteers who concoct compulsory, deficit-expanding health care plans behind closed doors and then refuse public purview of their self-serving schemes. If we do not wake up, one day Lady Liberty may sink into New York Harbor, replaced by a pocketed statue of an eagle in chains. Debt is not liberty! Neither is government control.
And the pursuit of happiness collapses by default when there is no respect for life and when liberty has been sacrificed to Big Brother.
America was once the land of Washington, Jefferson and Adams. Today it resembles a wasteland of Madoff, ACORN, corrupt congressmen, Hugh Hefner and Dr. Kevorkian. We don’t need a redistribution of wealth. We need a redistribution of the values of our nation’s founders.
CLAUDETTE KERSTETTER, Olympia
Maybe race is factor in isthmus debate
I can’t help but wonder if the opposition to Tri Vo’s development plans have to do more with the fact he is a first-generation immigrant, and not a well-established (and white) person with all the right kind of local ties and networks?
Perhaps the opposition to development on the so-called isthmus has less to do with vague notions of preservation, and more to do with deep seated prejudices?
Building nice new buildings is progress. Why don’t the progressives support Larida Passage?
STEVE COFFMAN, Olympia
Education will fail until its privatized
In a recent letter, George Perry of Shelton listed off the socialist services that he enjoys — defense, police, public schools, road networks, mail, fire services, national parks, etc. Note the “etc.” Does that include compulsory health care, government control of drugs, government control of the value of the dollar (Federal Reserve System, 1913), government control of banks, automobile manufacturers, home purchase agreements?
As I see it, some of the services must be managed by government at present. But the goal should be to relieve government of this service.
For instance, take the public schools. Someone recently said, “The public schools constitute child abuse.”
Education will continue to fail until we have privatized it all. A family buys the education for their kids — the public does not.
Another service that should go private is the mail. That is about to happen.
These are efforts to back away from socialist services. We should do that when we can. But the government is moving in the other (wrong) direction. And the method used to move in the other (wrong) direction is authoritarian or fascist.
We are way ahead of other nations and other systems. We should stop the drifting into more and more social services by fascist means.
WAYNE ALBRO, Olympia
Employees should take back union dues
In a recent televised town hall meeting, a black female conservative accused Democrats of playing “plantation politics.”
She believes Democrats keep minorities chained to their policies of affirmative action and the welfare state, rather than allow them the freedom of individual initiative.
Continuing the plantation politics simile, it dawned on me that if Democrats are the kindly (and sometimes not too kindly) plantation owners, then labor union bosses are the kindly (and sometimes not too kindly) plantation overseers.
State labor unions, through contributions (actually coerced union dues), donated more than $1 million to defeat Initiative 1033. This initiative would have required government to do what families are doing — live within their means.
It would have removed the probability of a tax increase.
With its defeat, Democrat politicians can and will raise taxes, while labor bosses brag that they can deliver the labor vote at the next election.
It is unfortunate that those who profess to look out for the little guy actually enslave them.
It is unfortunate that labor union members do not take back their unions. It is also unfortunate that replies to this letter will attack me rather than address the issues raised.
Welcome to hate politics in 2009.
ARDEAN A. ANVIK, Elma