Be­trayal is a ter­ri­ble thing

Santa Fe New Mexican - - LOCAL & REGION - Thomas S. Her­burger Sr. was born and raised and lives in Santa Fe. THOMAS S. HER­BURGER SR.

Dirk Murchi­son and Ge­or­ganna Robi­nett’s let­ter (“Not a democ­racy,” Oct. 11), said so much in a short let­ter that’s been eat­ing at my pa­tri­otic heart for years.

Democ­racy no longer ex­ists in the USA and hasn’t for decades. The rea­sons: money, greed and a po­lit­i­cal sys­tem that has been bought and paid for by those pow­er­ful few.

I re­mem­ber a re­port in the early 1960s when I re­turned from my first over­seas tour about the late Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev stat­ing that Amer­ica would crum­ble with­out the USSR ever hav­ing to fire a sin­gle shot, be­cause it (the USA) will self-de­struct.

Part of the oath I took years ago is “I will sup­port and de­fend the Constitution of the United States against all en­e­mies, for­eign and do­mes­tic.” Be­trayal is a ter­ri­ble thing. But when it’s sys­tem­at­i­cally done to the loyal mul­ti­tude, solely for the en­rich­ment of 1 per­cent or 2 per­cent, it is no less than evil.

Thomas S. Her­burger Sr.

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