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Are we wasting our hard-won freedoms?

June 28, 2013
Shepherdstown Chronicle

As we head into the July 4 holiday season, it is difficult to comprehend how at odds and out of whack our country has become. Our forefathers fought and died for the development of this free nation with limited government; however, today we seem to ignore much of that fight and find ourselves under layer after layer of governmental intervention, oversight and downright control.

We have a government that is in turmoil with investigations going over everything from what exactly did happen to our citizens in Benghazi to the IRS scandal, the NSA and whatever other acronyms are doing things they shouldn't. We have a healthcare system that is coming on line as we sit here still not knowing exactly what it is going to cost the average citizen and how it will even function. We have a president who seems to think it's perfectly acceptable to make unilateral decisions despite what Congress may or may not say and one who has basically waged a war against our state's coal industry.

We, as citizens and voters, need to take a long hard look at the government and the potential "Big Brother" mentality and over-reaching controls. States need to be given back their ability to govern without the micromanagement of the Federal government. Citizens need to be able to stand up for their rights, their privacy and their freedoms.

We need to all have a history lesson on how our forefathers fought against government control from England. We need to look at actual facts and not history re-written to make it "politically correct." Political correctness needs to be pushed under the rug. While there are many things in our country's history that are bad and unfair, blaming today's citizenry or changing the history to make it sound better doesn't really change it.

We need to educate ourselves on that our government is doing; we need to read these bills they are passing one after another without reading them themselves. Our "representatives" are often not doing their job of "representing" who they were elected to serve. The same can be said of our president.

As we gather to celebrate this year's anniversary of our nation's independence, let us all make a commitment to not let the hard fought battle be in vain despite how many years ago it was fought. Let us all educate ourselves and call for accountability in those we elect. Let's call for accountability in ourselves to elect those who will represent the interests of all the American people. Let us vow to appreciate and maintain our independence!

 
 
 

 

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