Letter: U.S. cooking itself to death

And so our Founders created a republic. A democracy? Where half plus one can squash the rest? Not for these men. They knew democracy with its excesses, its leveling down process, its inherent seeds of destruction. Plato's warning that unrestricted democracy must result in dictatorship.

The essence of democracy rests in absolute sovereignty of the majority. Our Founders could never accept such tyranny. They recognized only one rightful sovereign over men and nation - not the state, not the majority. "Each religion has a form of government, and Christianity astonished the world by establishing self-government ... the foundation stone of the United States of America." But our Founders realized the impossibility of maintaining freedom unless those who are "at liberty" are able to exercise self-restraint.

And even then, with all the checks and balances and fences of the constitutional document, it was not until the Bill of Rights was tacked on that the states consented to the union and ratified the federation. As you might remember when they were shoving the healthcare bill through, they said all we need is 50 plus one and they had it.

Did you have a voice in it? You have a government that is headed to dictatorship. Look at what our president has been doing. From what Mr. Gilfoil stated in his letter to the editor, which was a very fine analysis of what Obama is doing to our great nation, it is good to see some citizens are concerned about what is happening to our nation. If we don't get more interested, we will fall. And once we fall, it will be too late. If you are one who believes this can't happen, just read up on the fall of the Roman Empire. They were the greatest empire in history. They fell for the same reason as what's happening in this country.

Obama has by-passed the Constitution and Congress on appointing czars just to oversee your life. Why? Because it's one more step to socialism. From there, it's a short jump to communism. And if you don't know what communism is, look in your dictionary.

It's like the frog concept. You put a frog in hot water and he will jump out, but put him in cold water and put a controlled heat under the pot, and he will cook himself to death. In the same way, the president is feeding you a little bit at a time. Have you heard enough to stand up and fight.

Arthur Feetham

Golden Valley