New president espouses the philosophy of big government
To the Editor:
This is in response to a very thought-provoking column written by Catherine Minolli which appeared in the January 14 issue.
The inauguration of President Barack Obama is indeed historic. It is also the culmination of the American Dream—that anyone can succeed if they work hard enough at it.
Unfortunately for the new president, as she stated, he has had to wake up after the celebration to face the realities she listed.
Also unfortunate, but for the citizens of these United States, is the new president's philosophy that government must solve these problems. This is consistent with the views of the Big Government philosophy espoused by those such as Alexander Hamilton (as a Federalist) and Henry Clay (Whig Party). Since then, both major parties have embraced this view. It is the worst thing we can possibly do. Big government is the cause of most of our problems, not the answer to them.
Ms. Minolli asked for readers to send what they'd write in a letter to the new president, offering our opinions/advice. Here is mine:
Dear Mr. President,
The challenges you face are huge. The decisions you make will affect not only the current generation of Americans, but generations far into the future, saddled with the financial obligations the federal government has incurred over the last 75 years. Decisions you make will ultimately affect the sovereignty of the United States as a nation.
Please read the Constitution carefully. Please use it as the bedrock foundation it is supposed to be—not the ever-shifting, 'living' document that the majority of our career politicians claim it is. Please work to return sovereignty to each of the 50 states, and return the federal government to what is is supposed to be—the defender of life, liberty and personal property, not the 'Nanny State' that it is today.
Respect our families, communities and states. Please do your part to help return America to its proper form as a strictly limited constitutional republic.
Our prayers are with you.
A Concerned Citizen (name withheld), Almont
February 04, 2009