To The Daily Sun,
Totalitarian governments come from the left. Communism, Naziism, and fascism differ only in style. They seek total government control. The extreme right, on the other hand, operates outside the law. They are anarchists who have no respect of the law. The left wing refers to conservatives as right-wing radicals because they work to stop the endless creep of government power upon our lives. It is a smear tactic developed decades a go by communist insurgents and their agents. The ploy seems to have worked well.
In the Federalist papers. No. 45 pp 293-3 James Madison describes the powers of the federal government. "The powers delegated by the proposed Constitution to the federal are few and defined. Those which are to remain in the State governments are numerous and indefinite ... the powers reserved to the several States will extend to all the objects which, in the ordinary course of affairs, concern the lives, liberties, and properties of the people, and the internal order, improvement, and prosperity of the state."
The left wing was supposed to be the problem-solving wing. It was considered the progressive wing. The intention was to fulfill the needs of the people, not to control and rule over them. Right wing had the responsibility of preserving the nation's resources and people's freedom. They looked at the cost and could it create a financial bondage for the following generations. Would it curtail individual rights of the people. The guardians of liberties rested here.
If wing #1 dwells on solving all the problems of the country and the right wing does not bring it back, the eagle will soar out of control and lean left. This is tyranny. If the right wing fails to solve any problems the people may take matters into their own hands. Which is anarchy.
Thomas Jefferson saw fringe elements and political extremist in both parties. In the Federalist Party were those who would pull the eagle away from its balance center toward the tyrannical left. That it would become so strong a monarchy might form. In the Federalist Party he saw fringe elements who called themselves federalist, but "under that name there lurks the heretical set of monarchists." Jefferson wrote Dr. George Logan in May of 1805, "I am with infinite pain the bloody schism which has taken place among friends of Pennsylvania and New York, and will probably take place in other states. The main body of both sections mean well, but their intentions will produce great public evil." He further said it was "immoral for one generation to pass its extravagance and debts on to the next generation ... we shall all consider ourselves unauthorized to saddle posterity with our debts, and morally bound to pay them ourselves."
Samuel Adams said, "The utopian schemes of leveling (redistribution of wealth) and a community of goods (central ownership of the means of production and distribution) are as visionary and impractical as those which vest all property in the crown." He reiterated, "(They) are arbitrary, despotic, and in our government unconstitutional."
A 1978 Congressional investigation looked into how our Founding Fathers warnings had become ignored. The hearings found as early as 1900 some of the wealthiest men in the country wanted to promote a new system of economics and political control. They placed much of their money into tax-free foundations, colleges and universities that would promote their ideas. J.P. Morgan, John D. Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie bought up networks of media, gained control of the Federal Reserve System and invested heavily in political candidates. In 1932 the wealthy who operated within the Democratic Party sought to capture the majority of Congress. By 1936 they captured the majority of the Supreme Court. Dr. Carroll Quigley, who Bill Clinton praised, wrote in "Tragedy and Hope" of these men. William Simon's description of the results that followed is worth reading and pondering in his book "Time for Truth."
In 1936 the Butler Case (297 U.S.) U.S. Supreme court voted 5-4 in favor of federal intervention. Justice Roberts ruled that congress could appropriate money under the General Welfare clause to special groups and any region. They altered the interpretation of limited government and unlocked the U.S. Treasury to any good-sounding cause.
Sen. Joseph Clark of Pennsylvania sought to move the government even more to the left. In 1963 he stated, " ... the executive should be strengthened at the expense of the legislature." Governor Albert Smith warned that the Democratic Party was not adhering to the party platform of 1932, promising "to reduce governmental expenditures by abolishing useless commissions and offices." Instead, he said, "... on the other hand, the alphabet was exhausted." He further said new departments were created.
Socialist Norman Thomas stated in the Congressional Record for April 17, 1958, "The United States is making greater strides towards socialism under Eisenhower than under Roosevelt, particularly in the fields of federal spending and welfare legislation." He stated in 1962 the Democrats have accepted some ideas of socialism cheerfully, while Republicans have accepted them reluctantly." Cleveland Plain Dealer, Oct. 19, 1962.
Leonard Peikoff wrote in his book "The Ominous Parallels, the End of Freedom in America" " the Nazi party did attract many thugs, crooks, and drifters into its ranks. But such men are an inconsequential minority in any country; they were not the reason for Hitler's rise. The reason was the millions of non-thugs in the land of poets and philosophers, the decent, law-abiding Germans who found hope in Hitler.." (Are we there yet?)
Before the presidential election of 2008, Barack Obama stated, "we're five days away from the fundamental transformation of the United States." Once he moved into the White House it is the only promise he has lived up to.
Gene F. Danforth
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:40
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank the many people who supported me during my recent run for a position on the Selectboard in Alton. A number of people gave support, resources, time, advice and encouragement during the process. These people know who they are and probably don't even want to be thanked but deserve to be.
I ran what I consider to be an old-fashioned campaign, talking to groups around town, putting out signs, talking with individuals at the town transfer station and appearing on Niel Young's radio show for an hour. My supporters were there with me every step of the way.
Early on, at least one local newspaper reported that there were two people running against an incumbent for two seats, but on Election Day it became apparent that the two establishment candidates had joined forces against the dark horse (me). Coupled with the Selectboard chairman campaigning with the others it was a brilliant strategy to ensure that the makeup of the board did not change too much.
I congratulate the winners on a job well done, and wish them the best.
Finally, I was overwhelmed by the number of people who shook my hand and thanked me for running. This was a humbling experience. Unfortunately, voter turnout was considerably lower than I had hoped for. Still, my numbers were not that bad. I am not discouraged, and I hope this will encourage others to step forward in the future and run for public office to maintain a constant rotation of public officials as our founders intended.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:27
To The Daily Sun,
For those of you who do not know, the honorable Justice Larry M. Smukler granted Mr. Gammon his out-of-pocket expenses for having corrected Ward 5's 3-vote election count for City Council. However, the presiding justice added the stipulation that the award of costs of $280.76 is "subject to the condition of the submission of a completed W–9 form" to the City of Laconia. If Mr. Gammon "does not wish to submit his Social Security Number, he can forgo the award of costs."
The court's order on Document No. 15 has been appealed to the state Supreme Court.
At the last hearing on the matter the, City of Laconia finally revealed its only true perceived justification for mandating an IRS W–9 Form is when an abatement is granted and taxes have been paid the city requires a Social Security Number.
What was not stated to the court is that the W-9 is required because per RSA 76:16, III, (h);
The statement: "If an abatement is granted and taxes have been paid, interest on the abatement shall be paid in accordance with RSA 76:17-a. Any interest paid to the applicant must be reported by the municipality to the United States Internal Revenue Service, in accordance with federal law. Prior to the payment of abatement with interest, the taxpayer shall provide the municipality with the applicant's Social Security number or federal Tax Identification number. Municipalities shall treat the Social Security or federal Tax Identification information as confidential and exempt from a public information request under RSA 91-A.'' (RSA 76:16)
What is problematic for the City of Laconia is that no interest is included in the out-of-pocket cost — reimbursement accepted by the court or contested by the city.
Furthermore, the Superior Court did not award interest on the cost of fees for filing, at the rate of 6 percent per year from the date recorded to the date of reimbursement. No interest, no W-9.
The City Council should feel proud of its hands-off approach, prolonging this simple case into substantial attorneys' fees.
Thomas A. Tardif
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:23
To The Daily Sun,
Now that Election Day is here and you have all nominated your friends for certain powers to be positions, please do not complain when they have no business experience to fall back on and they raise our taxes to spend on things we do not need.
Voting out of the way, it is time to get back to other things that concern us all like bad roads, creepy crawly things in drug store brands of popcorn, and price gouging at the gas pumps in anticipation of the new gas tax. (Speaking of which, whoever is in charge of the gas tax certainly is not spending it on road repairs as it is going to raises for people working in the highway department. Anyone looking for a raise should be limited to the 1 percent raise doled out to the people on Social Security.) As for the creepy crawly things in the bottom of your bags of popcorn, it would be advisable to make your own snacks as they would be more healthy for you. And besides, maybe this is just to getting you used to eating creepy crawly things as we slide backward into a Third World country.
Now for the road situation. Anyone living and driving in New Hampshire that can remember back 30 years ago, we had some of the best roads in New England, that is until some people started to complain that all the road works were given to the same company. When the contracts were given to people charging less for their work, the roads went to hell in a hand-basket very quickly. The company that kept us in good shape roadwise were paid more because they delivered an exceptional piece of work, making it known that sometimes you have to pay more for quality. Crossing the state line between here and Vermont, the roads over there are the ones we used to have here — better than average.
This leads us back to voting and the hope you have of your person getting elected and you reminding them it is payback time and they need to come across with the "grease my palm" for getting them into office. As for me, I am used to living on nickels and dimes, and some of you need to get off your high horses and learn to live frugally, too.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:17
To The Daily Sun,
The recent Belknap County Convention meetings have generated large (often standing-room-only) audiences. Given the unusually high level of public interest, you might think that the chair would do everything she could to create an open and inclusive process. Unfortunately, you'd be wrong. She has just scheduled meetings for the 19th and 26th of March, which are to be held at noon in Concord.
Rep. Worsman is the duly elected chair of the Convention and she has every right to promote a Tea Party agenda, but she also has an obligation to be transparent and to involve the public to the maximum extent practical. By scheduling meetings in the middle of the day in Concord, she is not acting in the best interests of the voters of Belknap County.
Please contact her and ask her to hold all Convention meetings in our county.
Last Updated on Thursday, 13 March 2014 10:12