With every passing day we get less free
It has been said that a democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government, that it will exist until the people find that they can vote themselves a largess from the public treasury; henceforth, they will vote for the candidate promising them the most benefits from the public till. It will then collapse over bad fiscal policies and eventually become a dictatorship.
Perhaps that explains why Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have so many supporters. Do the masses not realize that with so much government involvement in our lives, there comes an equal loss of freedom? Do we actually want to surrender our freedom for that perceived security? Are we, as a free nation, about finished?
Some time ago I corresponded with a man concerning the issue of more restrictions on private gun ownership. In defense of his position, he stated: As populations increase in density, laws regimenting their behavior increase. That people give up some freedom as popula- tions and laws increase is a fact that followed all civilizations.
He stated a historical fact. Throughout the history of this world, as a society aged the people became complacent and governing bodies made more restrictive laws and the people lost a bit of freedom with each new law made. Usually, the people, without even noticing the incrementalism, rarely protested the loss of freedom, many times even begging the government for more laws and that government do more for them. The governing bodies usually disguised that loss of freedom with a promise of more benefits to the governed.
As I observe the process of governing in our country, especially this presidential campaign, I am concerned. As a man who has spent many years on this earth, I write with a tear in my eyes as I watch our once-proud republic slowly crumble into oblivion. Walter Bumgarner Arcadia, Nebraska