TO THE EDITOR: Turn out the lights. The party’s over. After the latest presidential election, I hold little faith for the long-term existence of our once great nation.
Although the source of this 200-year-old quote is a matter for debate, I think the message is as valid today as it ever was: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage.”
The next step for our current band of leader-thugs will be to go after our liberties. They will start with the press, attempting to muzzle those that disagree with them.
Then the guns. Since they know that it will be difficult to pass-gun control legislation in this country, they will use the United Nations to try to first identify all gun owners and then confiscate the weapons.
The war on religious freedom has already begun, and I shudder to think what the landscape of our nation will look like by 2016.
The election of 2012 was our last chance to reel this thing in, and we failed to do it. It’s gone, and it’s never coming back. God help us.
TO THE EDITOR: I would like to share a Disabled American Veteran Magazine article, “Education Center Planned for Vietnam Memorial,” with the Press-Republican readers.
The Vietnam Veteran Memorial in Washington, D.C., commonly called “The Wall,” may soon have an addition that will be a place where the stories and sacrifice of those who served in our nation’s military will be honored and remembered.
With a groundbreaking planned for November 2012, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Foundation says the Education Center at the wall will be a multi-million-dollar, state-of-the- art visitors center and learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln memorials.
Visitors will better understand the profound impact the Vietnam War had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The center will feature the faces and stories of the 58,272 men and women on the wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as friends and families of all who served.