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Letter: Let’s return to principles of the Constitution

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Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 am

Mr. Barrow’s comment in “Comments of the Day,” Aug. 29, stating that voting is how we get rid of an oppressive federal government, would be true if we were in the representative republic that our forefathers envisioned.

Being a liberal, Mr. Barrow has no complaint about what’s happening to America, other than it’s not happening fast enough.

For myself, I believe in a small, efficient government that holds taxes to a minimum, is responsive to the people who created it and that believes in a free market system — now non-existent and has no representation. Take, for example, the younger Bush years (the elder wasn’t much better). For six years, the Republicans who say they’re for what I want held all three branches of government, yet Bush Jr. enlarged the federal government more than any president before him. And just as Hoover prepared the way for FDR, so did Bush for Obama.

No one wants armed rebellion as our forefathers had to endure, and they were smart enough to give us a way out. For years I’ve written Letters to the Editor advocating a return to the principles of the Constitution, and that states, which created the federal model, have the authority from those principles to act in case their creation became oppressive.

Thomas Jefferson wrote, “That government is best which governs least ... If we are directed from Washington when to sow and when to reap, we will soon want for bread.”

The Constitution gives state governments the power to rein in a federal government gone wrong. Let’s follow it or we will soon “want for bread!”

Ron Portal

Lodi

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