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Letter: Politicians should follow the U.S. Constitution

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:00 am

This is concerning Joanne Bobin’s letter, “‘Bridgegate’ could just be the tip of the iceberg for Gov. Chris Christi,” Feb. 11. Ms. Bobin’s comments on Mr. Viall’s letter, “The campaign for the 2016 election has started,” and her comments on Nixon (Watergate) and Christie (Bridgegate) are true, although Nixon is far from the first president to be implicated in anything criminal.

As far as Christie is concerned, all I see is another Obama with a weight problem. All statists (a term borrowed from Aristotle) like him and Obama need to be out of power because statism, with its concentration of economic controls and planning in the hands of a highly centralized government and away from the free market and individualism, only leads to totalitarianism and the subservience of the individual to the all-powerful government.

What Mr. Viall was saying, I think, is the government media (ABC, NBC, etc.) spends all this time on lane closures, and spends near to nothing on real scandals like Benghazi, where four Americans were killed and several wounded; Fast and Furious, where a border patrol officer and hundreds of Mexicans were killed by guns supplied by this administration; the NSA trouncing all over the Fourth Amendment; or the IRS being used as a weapon against Obama’s opposition — one of the articles of impeachment against Nixon, and on and on.

When Democrats and Republicans put party before country, you end up like the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany or Cuba. We have politicians inhabiting both major parties who have broken away from the constraints of the Constitution and who have become enemies of a free people, who need to be exposed and removed from office.

As one of the heroes of my youth once said, “The American Constitution has set down for all men to see the essentially Christian and American principle that there are certain rights held by every man which no government and no majority, however powerful, can deny. Conceived in Grecian thought, strengthened by Christian morality and stamped indelibly into American political philosophy, the right of the individual against the State is the keystone of our Constitution. Each man is free.” — John Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Ron Portal


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  • Christina Welch posted at 7:48 am on Fri, Mar 7, 2014.

    Christina Welch Posts: 460

    Just a few historic notes:
    While Kennedy did indeed increase the number of "military advisers" in Vietnam, it was under Eisenhower that our involvement initially began and it was escalated under Johnson. As for the Bay of Pigs--that, too, was a CIA plan that Kennedy inherited from the Eisenhower administration. Kennedy may have been a hypocrite in terms of his personal life, but I don't think it's fair to call him a "hypocrite of the highest order" in terms of his policies. He tried to push through civil rights but was obstructed by the southern Democrats in Congress. Actually, it was with his death that civil rights legislation finally made it through, not because of LBJ's actions. As LBJ told Congress, "No memorial oration or eulogy could more eloquently honor President Kennedy's memory than the earliest possible passage of the Civil Rights Bill for which he fought so long."

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:40 am on Thu, Mar 6, 2014.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Just a few notes: Did you enjoy your little sojourn in Vietnam courtesy of the JFK administration, Mr. Portal? Do you approve of presidents who invade other countries in order to depose their leaders - i.e., Cuba?

    Although Kennedy did evoke much patriotism, he was also a hypocrite of the highest order. He and Bobby referred to LBJ as "Rufus Cornpone," making fun of his Texas roots - and this after USING him to win votes in the South.

    Although LBJ was no prize in many aspects, he found ways to unite Congress and get legislation through. If not for LBJ, the most of the civil rights legislation would still by laying on the floors of the House and Senate chambers.

    As for the IRS, Nixon was accused of using confidential information from the IRS to target his opponents. IS THAT what you think Obama was doing? As far as I have seen, he has only been accused of using the IRS to TARGET his opposition, i.e., the TEA Party, by not allowing them to obtain tax-exempt status.

    1. No proof has been offered or found to connect Obama with this action.
    2. No confidential information was shared with anyone.

    And, today it has been proved that Darrell Issa is not out to use the DEMOCRATIC PROCESS to investigate the IRS. He's out to SILENCE THE OPPOSING PARTY.

    In case you're not watching or listening - he didn't like what Lois Lerner had to say, wouldn't let Dem Congressman Cummings talk by adjourning the committee - and when Cummings wouldn't shut-up, he cut off his mic.

    Now that's what I call democracy in action.


    Poor Issa - couldn't make it to the Senate and I predict he'll have a VERY short tenure in the House if Californians realize what he's really up to.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 12:23 pm on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    “And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”

  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:28 am on Wed, Mar 5, 2014.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1604

    Statism does not only refer to "highly centralized government" but also any sort of government program. Our highway system, public education and the military would also be considered statism. The opposite of statism is anarchy is that what you had in mind Ron.
    I'm glad your a Kennedy fan here's a couple more for you.

    "If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich."

    and spoken during his Democratic nomination acceptance speech, a speech that should be read by everyone not just us Kennedy fans Ron.

    "The times are too grave, the challenge too urgent, and the stakes too high—to permit the customary passions of political debate. We are not here to curse the darkness, but to light the candle that can guide us through that darkness to a safe and sane future. ... For the world is changing. The old era is ending. The old ways will not do."

    "Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal."

    – John F. Kennedy


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