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Freedom and democracy

Posted: July 10, 2012 - 11:00pm

Kate Troll tells us (Opinion column, July 1, 2012) the problem with our democracy is that ultra-conservatives have hijacked the Republican Party. She quotes a couple of “non-partisan congressional scholars” to support her claim that our democracy is being endangered by extreme politics. Of course, the guilty are the conservatives. I support limited government, fiscal responsibility and private property rights. On the social issues I support the right to life of children in the womb and marriage as the union between one man and one woman. I also have faith in God and believe in the power of prayer. That should be enough to meet the “extreme” label.

It is disingenuous to lay the blame for a dysfunctional government on a hijacked Republican Party without mention of the control of the Democrat Party by the ultra-left. Liberalism has permeated our society in varying degrees for many years. It is the primary source of the terrible cultural and moral decay we see in our society today with attacks on our Judeo-Christian heritage from every direction. Most liberals find a home in the Democratic Party which defends and supports abortion on demand and same sex marriage. Attacks on the family ultimately are attacks on our society because without strong families we are in trouble.

Troll writes that the most ominous threat to our democracy in her judgment is that the Republican Party is dismissive of the legitimacy of its political opposition. I suggest she listen carefully to the pronouncements of Democrat Party leaders and the President himself. We now have a Saul Alinsky community organizer in the White House where the policy is to agitate and promote class warfare.

I agree with Troll that our democracy is in trouble, but for different reasons. The Obama Administration is characterized by reckless and irresponsible spending. Republicans have been guilty as well but nothing compared to the present administration. Also, the Obama Administration has shown us the fragile nature of our freedoms with executive orders and lawless policies that are harmful to our democracy

The best way to protect our democracy is to honor the limitations placed on the federal government by our constitution. Failure to do so gives the government more power over our lives, which results in a loss of individual freedom. Maintaining our freedoms requires constant vigilance to protect our country from politicians buying votes with government largess and turning us into a socialist welfare state.

Sid Heidersdorf

Juneau

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