Goshen News, Goshen, IN

March 5, 2014

LETTERS FOR MARCH 5, 2014: The war on American liberty

Goshen News

---- — We are losing our freedoms at a rate unparalleled in American history. We’ve gone from being the envy of the world in terms of political and economic freedom to the point where we are now starting to resemble Nazi Germany more than we do a free country. This is not mere hyperbole.

We now have warrantless spying on all American citizens, groping and molesting of air travelers, militarization of local police forces, massive buildup of the Department of Homeland Security and demonization of proponents of the Second Amendment. Does this really sound like a free country?

Regardless of your perspective on what happened on 9/11, one thing is for sure: Our freedoms have been under constant attack since that day. From the unpatriotic Patriot Act to the Gestapo-like NDAA, the so-called “war on terror” has been turned into a war on the liberties of the American people.

We have willingly traded liberty for security, and we now have neither. What we do have is a recipe for tyranny: the consolidation of political power in the hands of one man: Der Fuehrer Barack Obama. And don’t think that the Republicans are going to save the day. They’re just as bad as the Democrats. Remember, it was George W. Bush who laid the groundwork for what we see happening today.

Sadly, many among us are so historically and constitutionally illiterate that we fail to notice the noose of tyranny that is collectively tightening around our necks. The political elite in Washington prey upon our ignorance.

Ladies and gentlemen, if you have not read and studied the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, please do so. And then hold elected leaders accountable. As Thomas Jefferson penned, “... bind (them) down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

— Chad Maurer


Ukraine should return Krushchev’s ‘gift’

In an age past, Russia conquered the Tatars in Crimea and retained a legitimate title by right of conquest. Thus it was an inherent part of Russia much as Massachusetts is part of the United States.

In 1954, Nikita Kruschev, who was from the Ukraine and quite a “character,” and dictator of the Soviet Union, decided to move the border of the Ukraine to include Crimea. It was no big deal then, since both Ukraine and Russia were part of the USSR, and it was hard to tell the difference. However, once the Soviet Union broke up it created big problems.

Russia’s Black Sea Fleet was based at Sevastopol in the Crimea, and it was not even a part of Russia. So the two countries had to negotiate a deal for Ukraine to lease the Sevastopol naval base to Russia. But that is not all. The largest nationality in Crimea is Russian, not Ukrainian. Thus the Russian population of Crimea dilutes the Ukrainian majority in the capitol, Kiev, causing a fractured government.

The Ukraine would do better without Crimea, which is essentially Russian. Both the Ukraine and Russia are easily understood in this situation. If someone gave you valuable real estate, you want to keep it no matter what. But what if it was not someone’s to give? Russia’s situation reminds me a little of Hawaii Sen. Haiakawa’s remark regarding the Panama Canal Zone: “We stole it fair and square, and I think we ought to keep it.” We should have offered Panama statehood, but that’s another story.

— Gifford Neill