Los­ing our free­dom

The Covington News - - Opinion -

Dear Sirs: I am writ­ing this letter on July 4 with mixed emo­tions. One part of me is happy and proud that we as Amer­i­cans are still able to cel­e­brate In­de­pen­dence Day. The other part is sad be­cause there is ev­i­dence that when my grand­chil­dren are grown that the Fourth will prob­a­bly be a thing of the past.

Amer­i­cans have al­lowed free­doms to be taken away by the Fed­eral gov­ern­ment since the New Deal of the 1930s. Amer­i­cans were forced at the time to par­tic­i­pate in a pro­gram that was later called So­cial Se­cu­rity.

So­cial Se­cu­rity has cre­ated an as­tro­nom­i­cal block of con­trolled de­pen­dency. The av­er­age So­cial Se­cu­rity re­cip­i­ent re­ceives pay­ments that sur­pass their con­tri­bu­tions. Wash­ing­ton politi­cians took So­cial Se­cu­rity rev­enues and re­placed them with IOUs. It's a Ponzi scheme doomed to fail­ure.

The sad part is that mil­lions of Amer­i­cans have lost their in­de­pen­dence to this pro­gram.

Cur­rently, Obama and his cronies are try­ing to put the fi­nal nail in the cof­fin with his man­dated med­i­cal in­surance leg­is­la­tion, com­monly re­ferred to as “Obama Care.” He wants to force Amer­i­cans to buy a prod­uct whether they want it or not, and use the po­lice pow­ers of the state to im­pose fines and pun­ish­ments on vi­o­la­tors.

If this dic­ta­to­rial leg­is­la­tion is up­held by the Supreme Court, then free­dom as we’ve known it for 235 years will cease.

His­to­ri­ans have long said that Amer­ica would fall from within from im­moral­ity and ap­a­thy.

Ap­a­thy seems to be the cul­prit here, as Amer­i­cans seem to have been led into a be­lief that Big Brother will al­ways take care of them, even if it means en­slav­ing them. Most Amer­i­cans seem to be not only will­ing to give up their free­doms, but are also will­ing to forego those of their chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.

You reap what you sow. Harry Long Cov­ing­ton

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