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Opinion Letters Which side are you on?

Well over a half century ago, the infringements, abridgments and usurpations of government against our liberties ordained in the Bill of Rights began. Recently, this has accelerated to an intolerable assault on our Constitution, individual freedoms, and personal prosperity. Reasonable, freedom loving individuals see the dangers posed by the centralization of government power and realize the power-mania and greed of the few that chart this course must be reined in. Unfortunately, the seeming ignorance and apathy of millions of Americans may not make this possible in our immediate future.

This authoritarian government, and opportunistic demagogues, are currently taking advantage of the emotions created by the heinous events perpetuated by seeming mentally ill individuals. Claiming “the interest of [so-called] safety,” these demagogues have accelerated their assault on the 2nd Amendment which states "the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." Why? The 2nd Amendment answers that question as it also states, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state." Thomas Jefferson once said, “The natural progress of things is for liberty to yield and government to gain ground.” The 2nd Amendment was established as a safeguard against tyranny.

All citizen's Natural Rights, which pre-date any government, cannot, nor should not be taken away by any human agency. However, these liberties must be constantly defended. Which side are you on? Are you on the side of collectivism and tyranny or on the side of individual freedom and liberty? What about your neighbors? Find out where they stand.

Most importantly, contact the sheriff, peace officers and public servants of your county/municipality and ask them, “Where do you stand?” Will they obey their oaths of office to which they swore to protect and defend the Constitution? Will they refuse to obey unconstitutional and unlawful orders that affect one or more of the first ten amendments to the Constitution? Demand honesty and accountability.

Despite any shortcomings, the constitutional republicanism that we have in America has made us the best and brightest secular hope for all the peoples of the earth. Many endure privation, hardship, and even death to come here. Even those who loathe us (and there are many) do so because they are jealous and fearful of our freedom and opportunity. The core of America's greatness is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty which reads in part:

Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Let us always "breathe free" and keep the "golden door" of opportunity open. Our republic will endure so long as the Creator of all things wills it, and the people have the courage and faith to defend it. For as Benjamin Franklin said (in his quotation slightly altered and inscribed on a plaque in the stairwell of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty) "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Carl Iobst — Cullowhee, N.C.


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