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Letters to the editor 08-12-2011

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 Tea Party should be ashamed
I didn't expect to be writing another letter concerning the Tea Party quite so soon but due to the problems in Washington and on Wall Street over the last few days I feel compelled to do so.  First of all the Tea Party and its lackeys in Congress should be ashamed of themselves.  Because of their radical actions and inactions, particularity with reference to the raising of the debt ceiling, they have created such a toxic political environment in Washington that Standard & Poor's has used it as and excuse to lower the credit rating of the United States.  This in turn has caused the stock market in New York and around the world to go into a spin and there's no end in sight.  A lot of harm will be done by this upheaval and it all could have been prevented if only the Tea Party had been willing to compromise on the debt ceiling debate.  This unwillingness to compromise makes one wonder if it’s a principal they stand on or is it also their dislike of the federal government in general and the Obama administration in particular.  One other thing I would like to comment on is regarding the individual who said that because of my remarks about the Tea Party in a previous letter I must have been drinking Marxist flavored cool aid.  Well Mr. Tea Bagger if you're going to say bad things about me you should at least be original.  That flavored cool aid bit had been used by the right wings favorite commentator Bill O'Reilly for years.  He just might sue you for plagiarism.
Jim Rogers
Oak Run

Florida is a ray of hope
While federal government continues to be an obvious blight on America, Florida has made some changes for the better. Despite all the crying from spoiled brat selfish liberals, Gov. Scott has continued functioning like a sensible business man. It’s good that his detractors are watching his every move and even his past. We on the right want no dishonesty in government., just as the left pretends to want none (until a government union, or something else with selfish motives, cries and makes damages because it’s asked to pay for its own pensions (not someone else’s, as government mandates force on non-union members. How about paying your own way, instead of demanding government. steal for you?)
Since good writing has already enumerated Scott’s beneficial efforts, I’ll just say now, that his bottom lines are showing an improved Florida. Here are a couple of his good moves: 1) 4/8/2011 after targeting more than 1,000 regulations for repeal, Gov. Scott issues Executive Order (less government. intrusion and waste into our lives). 2) 7/29/2011 Gov. Rick Scott, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, House Speaker Dean Cannon pledge Florida will be first state to Ratify Balanced Budget Amendment (the first state to show this good sense! Meanwhile, federal government rejected any such honest, sensible thinking, and now has caused the first ever less than AAA debt rating for America (downgraded by Standard & Poor).
In 2008, the Obama answer to recession was “spend, spend, spend.”
We see how “wonderfully” that has worked! Instead of improvement, the country is far worse off than when all this government waste/thievery began. But Florida has improved, despite federal government. That’s why, out of the many good things the Tea Party promotes, I’ve recently been inclined to promote, “Return Power to the States.” The more that Florida can be separated from federal government insanity/tyranny, the better are Florida’s prospects.
Last year, Florida made an excellent turn to the right. These new conservatives, along with Gov. Scott, have improved Florida’s achievements and prospects. New Senator Marco Rubio sums it up, speaking/acting consistently for freedom, prosperity, and opportunity, and against the government dictatorship/parasitism now strangling America.
Central Florida particularly (thankfully) showed a marked swing to the right, even in traditionally liberal Gainesville, where newly elected Keith Perry seems to be for sensible conservatism. The composition of the Marion County commissioners board has made an excellent move right, with two business people newly elected to it last year. It has shown an interest in measures to improve our business/prosperity (not government. handouts) for all, while decreasing government waste.
Of special importance, the commissioners are also showing interest in the growing assault on private property owners by homeowner associations, Code Enforcement, and others. The nationwide movement for property rights abuse is called Agenda 21, and we’re working to spread the news on that, to government and others. (Be ready for the typical liberal, dishonest name change from Agenda 21, now that they’re being exposed. Maybe they’ll rename to “liberty movement,” or some such absurd lie to suck in the gullible.)
The one area of Marion County government. that has shown no improvement is the School Board. Considering the utter failures of liberal public education nationwide, it’s understandable why a school board for public “education” would be staunchly entrenched in its liberal waste of taxpayer money and liberal “teaching.” But we’re working on that, too!
Paul Zeigler
Pine Run Estates

Gored oxen
Whose ox is being gored today? Listen for the whining. Someone is howling about their sliver of the pie that is shrinking.
The powers that mean to rule this planet are salivating, wringing their hands, and leering at the scene. More gored oxen every day. Soon there will be no more oxen to gore, and they are poised to move in and begin to rule with an iron fist. Just as they did in Germany, Italy, Russia, Viet Nam, Korea, Africa (take your pick).
When all the oxen are dead, what are your plans then? Will America take note before the last ox is killed? Our rating is now AA+. Oops another dead ox. Not many oxen left to kill. We had better hurry up with our backup plan.
Every generation has its cadre of “Would be enslavers.” Are we going to allow ourselves to succumb to that fate? Why do we have brains? Why do some humans embrace a culture of dependency? If we are to be nothing but cattle, why do we have brains?
Who in their right mind would encourage dependency on government? What kind of IQ do these people possess? Anyone hear the screws rattling around in those skulls?
All of our entitlement programs should have been self directed, and managed from the get-go. The government could not have been able to raid those monies if they were our personal accounts. We would have noticed much sooner, and slapped their greedy little hands, and said “No.”
Whining is not productive. Get up, and do something. Pay attention to what goes on in D.C. Badger them silly until they stop (not just spending, acting like Santa Claus), but wasting our money.
What’s a trillion here, or there? Big deal! Yes, it is a big deal.
D.I. Larson
Ocala

 

Separation of church and state
A lot has been said recently about the United States being a Christian nation. While it is true that the majority of our founding fathers were Christians, many were also Masons, a group that is multi-faith. This country was established specifically as a nation not tied to any specific religion.
Following are excerpts from an article “Why U.S. is not a Christian nation” By Kenneth C. Davis.
Early in our history, Roger Williams wrote in a l644 letter of a “hedge or wall of separation between the garden of the church and the wilderness of the world.” Williams founded Rhode Island with a colonial charter that included religious freedom. He and other religious dissenters had been banished from neighboring Massachusetts where Catholics, Quakers and Baptists were banned under penalty of death.
While president in 1802, Jefferson wrote in a letter to a Baptist association in Danbury, Connecticut: “Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between Man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legitimate powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State ...”
In 1777, Jefferson drafted the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Revised by James Madison and passed by Virginia’s Legislature in January 1786, the bill stated: “No man shall be compelled to frequent or support any religious worship, place, or ministry whatsoever, nor shall be enforced, restrained, molested, or burthened (sic) in his body or goods, nor shall otherwise suffer on account of his religious opinions or belief ...” It was this simple — government could not dictate how to pray, or that you cannot pray, or that you must pray.
The last statement in Article VI of the Constitution reads: “… no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States.”
n In 1790, President George Washington wrote to America’s first synagogue, in Rhode Island, that “all possess alike liberty of conscience” and that “toleration” was an “inherent national gift,” not the government’s to dole out or take away.
n In 1797, with President John Adams in office, the Senate unanimously approved one of America’s earliest foreign treaties, which emphatically stated (Article 11): “As the government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion, — as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion or tranquility of Musselmen (Muslims) ...”
— In 1802, Jefferson added his famous “wall of separation,” implicit in the Constitution until he so described it (and cited in several Supreme Court decisions since).
The Constitution and the views of these Founding Fathers trump all arguments about references to God in presidential speeches, on money (not introduced until the Civil War), the Pledge of Allegiance (“under God” added in 1954) and in the national motto “In God We Trust” (adopted by law in 1956).
In conclusion, I say no one group, denomination, religion or government has the right to tell everyone else what they can, should or should not hold as a religious belief.
So says the Constitution.
James Merrick
Ocala

Wake up, Democrats
The Republicans have shown their true colors and deep resentment of working people to bring our country down. They hate Obama so much that there cannot be a shred of success left from his Democratic administration now or in the future.
How can the minority Republican Tea Party members of Congress be allowed to kill the American dream without interruption from the majority party of the House of Representatives. Their total disdain for the welfare of America is unbelievable.
The leaders of the House of Representatives drove their freight train to the brink of destruction and beyond with very little fight from our president.
House Speaker John Boehner and his partners in crime were more than willing to allow America to lose their triple A credit rating and even more willing to allow our nation to become a third world country just to make a point. The Republicans are taking advantage of our very weak president because he is willing give away our negotiated and earned benefits to what is left of his working class supporters.
I don’t understand how the Republicans took control of Congress and are now in the process of ruining our economy just like they warned us they would do and we just allow this to happen.
Wake up Democrats, or prepare to move to Canada.
Jerry Segovis
Ocala