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Imagine a once great country that is letting freedom slip away

To the editor,
As I'm not sure how the headlines for such a letters are concocted by the editors, I would like to take my first paragraph of this letter to the readers in naming this letter "Imagine".
Imagine a country where the government prohibits or limits the ability of its citizens to own weapons for self-defense, promising that the governments can protect them on the spot. Where the states within that country pass laws that make it very difficult for law-abiding citizens to obtain and carry weapons for the purpose of self-defense, or limit the capacity of those weapons to less than the criminals are using. Yet do very little or nothing to correct the situation of the mentally ill and criminals from obtaining the same very weapons to use against the law-abiding citizens. Imagine that that country's government would purchase with the taxpayers' dollars far more rounds of ammunition that is normally needed for its missions. That it is either purchasing this ammunition in order to drive the prices artificially high and create shortages for the citizens, or that it is doing so in fear that the citizens will arise against the government.
Imagine a country where the government takes control of the largest service industry (health care) and then passes legislation dictating that everyone of its citizens must purchase this industries products. Then the government forms a panel of non-elected and non-medical personnel that are responsible for dictating to the individual what level of service they will qualify for. Imagine that the government will now fund this industry with the taxpayer's dollars. And that the government will pass laws dictating that this new government service will also be used to track personal information on all of its citizens.
Imagine a country where the government will take vast amounts of the citizens tax dollars in order to distribute it to organizations and unions that back the political party currently controlling the government. That it also distributes these dollars in vast amounts to companies that are failing because their products are either far too costly or do not perform to a standard that is acceptable such as producing low-cost affordable energy. Imagine that the CEOs and other high-ranking company personnel become wealthy on these contributions as the companies go bankrupt.
Imagine a country whose government blocks the exploration and production of fossil fuel energy within its own borders and the importation of inexpensive fossil fuel energies from its friendly neighbor's. Then this country passes legislation dictating that the citizens will start using more inefficient and expensive alternative energy sources. That this government will also passes legislation that effectively stops new production of inexpensive nuclear energy.
Imagine a country who opens its borders uninhibited to all. The government would have in place laws that cover immigration policies for those who want to go through a legal procedure to be a citizen. They have in place laws for those who come from other countries who would like to use our education system or work temporarily and contribute taxes. And they have in place laws that are supposed to prohibit people from other countries who desire to come here but not under the above conditions, yet the government refuses to uphold and prosecute offenders of these laws, essentially opening the borders to all. Imagine that these people come here outside of the legal procedures and work within our borders paying no taxes. And that the government extends to all of these people the welfare services meant for this government's citizens and paid for by those who work and pay taxes legally.
Imagine a country whose high court system and federal judges dictate law instead of interpreting law and upholding and prosecuting law.
Imagine a country whose government proposes laws based on its belief that; it can control swings in a capitalistic market, it can control crime by eliminating all guns, its citizens are all entitled to the same services, goods, and shelter regardless of what they have done to earn these, and on current disasters to name a few. Imagine that this government dictates that these laws be passed in the most expedient time frame with little or no debate or scrutiny about the law, and in some cases dictating that those voting on the law don't read through the law but just vote to pass it.
Imagine a country where the press is not held to high standard of reporting the truth. Where they can withhold or even fabricate facts. Where they can report in such a manner as to spin the truth so that the citizens who depend on this press for information especially about their government are deceived and influenced into following the government's dictates without question. A press that withholds information, and reports non-facts and lies in order to protect the government administration from detection and prosecution in the use of illegal acts. That this press, through its method of presenting, demonizes members of one political party while bolstering members of another party. Where the press withholds information or reports faulty information in order to hide and cover up illegal acts of the government. Where the press, through its means of reporting, is a major influence on how the citizens of that country vote.
Imagine a country whose government illegally uses the departments within the government especially those responsible for tax collection and tax status in order to block the funding of political groups that are opposed to the political party currently administering the government. Where such tactics are a successful way of the preventing the funding opposing political parties and therefore manipulating the way the citizens vote in essence keeping the party of the current administration in power.
Imagine a country where the government controls the way their citizens think by controlling the education of the country. Passing laws that every citizen must attend school up to a certain age, that the citizens must pay large sums of taxes to support the schools and teachers in order to fulfill this law, and that these monies must go towards the government schools and not be used in the case where parents would choose for their children to attend other education opportunities. Where the test scores from the students in these schools in the basic disciplines show results far lower than most countries. Where teachers are required to be members of powerful unions heavily influenced by the government political party. Where the government passes laws dictating what is to be taught in the schools and how it is to be taught including how students should think about their government and about moral issues. Where the government education system is indoctrinating the students in thinking along that political parties ideologies. In effect...influencing how those students will vote for political issues in the future.
Imagine you have a country based on a constitution and amendments that have been successful in making it the most powerful, wealthiest, and free country in the world. And that you have politicians in some of its political parties that are constantly attempting to tear apart and do away with either the whole Constitution or major parts of it, using all sorts of arguments to try to justify changing the basic political makeup of that country.
Now... Imagine that that country is the United States of America.
Dave Nix

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:38

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The American military cannot protect every U.S. citizen overseas

To the editor,
I have asked the question many times on why is it that four Americans killed in Benghazi any more important than hundreds of thousands killed in two unpaid wars,  including thousands of American dead and wounded. Please someone tell me what is the scandal?
I would also like all conservatives writing on this subject to explain why a American civilian in harms way is murdered and American military person is killed? We all listened to statements by the Bush administration such as SLAM DUNK, MUSHROOM CLOUDS, SHOCK AND AWE, WMDS — all which turned out too be lies This was the scandal of our life time and NO ONE was held accountable. Pres.Bush will go down as the worst president ever. Yes, you're right Mr. Mayotte, it was ALL Bush's fault.
Why is it a big deal that the IRS scandal in a conservative state in a conservative district such a big deal to the Lakes Region of NH? Why is it that the right wing nut party is so concerned with all these scandals and can find nothing to write about happening good in the state of N.H.. I would hope this letter addresses some of Florence Shealy's concerns. I will only comment directly to her scary point NO. 4.The American military cannot protect every American overseas any more than than they can here in this country with all the first responders available. What is scary is the political party that invaded a country on lies and distorted facts as Iraq gave NO indication they were a threat to this country. I would like to ask Florence Shealy, in her reading of the bible, does she believe that the death of a American diplomat is any more tragic than that of a member of the military? If so, please give an example.
I was always told when growing up that WORK required a strong back and a weak mind. I learned over time that many folks consider hard work as sitting on their brains and working with their fingers. Since I never learned to type I must type one letter at a time so will end hoping everyone got to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend. God bless the USA.
Henry Osmer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:32

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Then we began using the 14th Amendment to throw God out of schools

To the editor,
The more that I study the aftermath of the Civil War and the reconstruction, the more terrifying for America the U.S. Supreme Court decisions concerning prayer and scripture reading in public schools seem to be. For what if God took Abraham Lincoln at his word in his address at Independence Hall on Feb. 22 1861 when he said, "I have often inquired of myself, what great principle or idea it was that kept this confederacy so long together. It was not the mere matter of the separation of the colonies from the motherland; but that sentiment in the Declaration of Independence which gave liberty, not alone to the people of this country, but, I hope, to the world, for all future time. It was that which gave promise that in due time the weight would be lifted from the shoulders of all men. This is a sentiment embodied in the Declaration of Independence. Now, my friends, can this country be saved upon that basis? If it can, I will consider myself one of the happiest men in the world, if I can help to save it. If it cannot be saved upon that principle, it will be truly awful. But if this country cannot be saved without giving up that principle, I was about to say I would rather be assassinated on this spot than surrender it."
What if God allowed President Lincoln to be assassinated because he knew that Lincoln would be too lenient with the ex confederates, and that under Lincoln the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution might never have been passed. What if this was why God allowed Andrew Johnson to be humbled by impeachment, so that Congress could pass the 14th and 15th Amendments. Considering the attitude of prejudice toward the black man, that was common at this time both in the north and south; some historians consider it surprising that Congress did as much as it did for the black man. What if the answer to that is that out of concern for the former black slaves, God caused these things to be so. What if we did not apply these amendments for the help of black people for nearly 100 years. And what if as soon as the descendants of these men and women said enough is enough, we began using the 14th Amendment to throw God out of our schools. What do you think God will do with a people this faithless?
John Demakowski

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:22

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Holder will be investigating himself; that should work out well

To the editor,
If the revelations out of DC haven't convinced you that the Obama administration is at best totally incompetent and unscrupulous then your living in a bubble filled with happy gas. Personally I believe it is a far darker, evil force behind this bunch. They have proven to me they do not believe in law, justice, honor or reason. They will say anything, do anything, nothing is out of bounds with them. The obvious lies being told even has dedicated Democrats cringing. Latest unbelievable utterance from the president is that he has full confidence in Eric Holder. In fact AG Holder will be investigating. . . well, himself. Then he will report back to the president, probably that he has found no wrong doing on his part.
What an open and unbiased investigation!
Oh yea, how come his signature is on orders to tap the e-mail of a Fox reporter, and the reporters mother and father? As an excuse they trumped up a false accusation to get a judge to sign the warrant. But remember, he can't remember, he doesn't know, he didn't do it, somebody else did it. Rrrrright!
Steve Earle

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:07

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We survived the last administration & we'll survive this one, too

To the editor,
In Ms. Shealy's lengthy letter to this form chastising me for my critical comments about Fox News, it was quite apparent that she is a faithful viewer of the network. These viewers develop a personality disorder whereby they feel almost as though they've been let into a secret society. Something about that affiliation with the network makes them feel privileged and this affinity is likely what drives the viewers to defend the network so vehemently. This "news" source conveys the "truth" they want to hear and believe, much like the viewers of MSNBC. It is popular because it is entertaining, but has little to do with objective reporting.
It's all about the ratings, and Fox News is the number one cable news network on the air. They are the mouthpiece of the Republican Party. Their motto is "fair and balanced," but they are extremely biased in their coverage, and their audience has been found to be the most misinformed of any news network.
Ms. Shealy has asked me, and rightfully so, to provide examples of Fox's "distortion of truth." Over the years I've provided numerous examples, but to update, I'll add more current ones. We'll begin with pollster Dick Morris predicting that Romney will win the election in a landslide — oops. Then how can we forget Karl Rove imploding on election night and refusing to concede that Obama won Ohio. We have Liz Trotta stating that rape victims are asking for it (not the best way to win the women's vote). And to drive off the youth vote, we have Lou Dobbs declaring that Dr. Seuss is left-wing propaganda.
On a recent Fox News Sunday interview, Paul Ryan started off by admitting he has no proof that President Obama was involved in the IRS "scandal." However, this did not stop Ryan from insinuating that Obama was involved in the IRS "scandal" — apparently he didn't need proof.
Fox continued its efforts to target the Obama administration with manufactured scandals, fear mongering that IRS Commissioner Sarah Hall Ingram would use the IRS' authority under the Affordable Care Act to discriminate against conservatives by denying or postponing approval for medical procedures.
With Fox News, it's not about telling the truth, it's about manufacturing a narrative and a worldview that can easily be absorbed and accepted without question or research. Even if it is found to be a lie, they think there is nothing wrong because they have been taught to believe the "liberal media" is lying about any positive thing Obama may have done.
It's unfortunate that Ms. Shealy would assume that I would call her a "Bible thumper" and "narrow", I just regret that Fox News and other right-wing media use religion as a political tool to advance their agendas. While it is appropriate to discuss the moral dimensions of public policy issues, religious doctrine alone is not an acceptable basis for government policy. Political religion, often used by the media, is designed to confuse rather than clarify and to inflame rather than inform.
"To be furious in religion is to be furiously irreligious." — William Penn
Following the conservative ethic, and confirming my views of panic mongering, Ms. Shealy outlines a litany of evils that I should be fearful of. While I am aware of them and wait to see how they play-out — they don't elicit fear. I have faith in this nation and the people from all walks of life who make it great. We as a community are better than the politics and the petty infighting that take place in our nation's capital. It doesn't matter which party occupies the White House, the push and the pull will remain the same — the topics will change but the politics will remain the same. We survived the last administration, we'll survive this administration, and this nation will survive administrations to come.
L. J. Siden

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 May 2013 10:02

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