With ev­ery pass­ing day we get less free

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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