Letters to the Editor - March 8, 2013
Militia intended to be armed
How many times must a truth be repeated, before it becomes cliche? Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” This truth has been quoted and paraphrased millions of times, but the truth of it still remains.
Charles Strong (Readers’ Forum, Feb. 15) thinks my demonstrable fact is “vacuous.” Clearly, he has not studied history in any great detail, but his idea that my words are suitable for a bumper sticker is a great one. Look for them on a bumper, near you — soon!
Strong asks, rhetorically, what our Founders had in mind as a “well regulated militia.”
If Mr. Strong had read the Federalist Papers and other topical writings by the Founders, he would know that the thing they most feared was a “standing army” of full-time professional soldiers.
What our Founders did not and could not envision was the “militarization” of law enforcement and the creation of a potentially authoritarian police state.
Both the Militia Acts of 1792 and 1903 mandate that: 1. the militia encompasses all able-bodied males between 18 and 45, 2. all members of the unorganized militia have the legal requirement and 3. right to keep and bear arms suitable for any potential military need.
The only statement where Strong is correct is that taking up arms against government is called “insurrection.” Who is surprised that our Founders acknowledged the dangers from even the government that they were creating? They acknowledged that “vigilance is the price of liberty.”
In 1765, Patrick Henry compared Caesar, Charles I and George III, at which point he was interrupted by cries of “Treason!” by those who recognized his comparison of George to assassinated leaders. Henry paused, then calmly finished his sentence; “If this be treason, make the most of it.”
Give thought to farmers
How often, as we shop for our groceries, do we consider from where and how this food comes to us? Not often, I’m sure.
But do give some thought to the farmers who grow the produce, the farmers who manage the herds of milk cows and meat cattle, and the flocks of chickens, to provide these treasures for us.
These days, the remaining farmers feed many more people than in the past. Agriculture has become a huge business with a few workers doing everything necessary to feed all the rest of us with little effort on our parts.
Some families have gone back to raising a lot of their food as they are able, but most of us rely on the agricultural workers to give us what we want and need.
March 19 is Agriculture Recognition Day. Let’s give thought and thanks to those who provide for us. Thank you, all you farmers and those who process, transport and distribute as well. Thank you, indeed.
Need a volunteer Congress
If you are like me and think that Congress is a disgrace to our great nation, here’s your chance to do something about it.
Everyone is talking about the problem, but no one is talking about the solution. Here is a simple solution: We need a volunteer Congress. That’s how the Founding Fathers designed our legislative branch.
I think, with the current unrest in our voting body, we could get unity between what are now opposing factions. This is an idea that almost everyone, except entrenched politicians and special interest groups, can support. Imagine having the energy of the Tea Party and the Wall Street Occupiers combined in a common goal. Imagine Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians and Independents working side by side for the common good.
This would require an amendment to the Constitution and would need more thought and insight than I have.
Advantages of a volunteer Congress: 1. practically eliminates cronyism; 2. practically eliminates the influence of special interest groups; 3. practically eliminates partisanship; 4. practically eliminates the current gridlock in Congress; 5. practically eliminates the current power bases established over the past two centuries.
I know that this will be a long, hard battle because we will have to fight the current power brokers, but it can and should be done.
We are the 99 percent. We are the Tea Party, we are the Occupiers, we are the Libertarians, we are the Democrats, we are the Republicans, we are the 89 percent of Americans who don’t approve of the current Congress. We are the silent majority, we are united; and we are, forevermore, no longer silent. We hereby demand respect and honest representation.
Ivan K. Brewer