Ask questions; it is empowering

Letter to the editor

Posted: Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Fellow citizens, to question is to empower your mind with understandings made more accurate. This makes your ability to pursue happiness greater. Consider these questions:

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Part of our Constitution's legitimacy is that any literate citizen can compare it to the government's conduct and judge whether public officials are honorably abiding the Constitution's philosophical foundations to make government successful. In consideration of current government failures, shouldn't citizens willingly scrutinize the president and Congress this way?

Our government's existence depends utterly on our informed consent to be governed. This rationale is found in the Declaration of Independence and the preamble to the Constitution. How can our national executive branch justify its extensive dependency on secrecy, information tyranny and national security despotism?

Our government asserts the three World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11 from jet fuel fires. Yet only WTC1 and WTC2 were hit by jets. How did WTC7 collapse in its footprint without the agency blamed for bringing down the other two towers?

Building codes and construction principles come from the study of building fires, structural and mechanical failures and the effects of earthquakes and floods, etc. Building demolition techniques also are based on verified observations and demolition engineering experience. The World Trade Center buildings are the first steel-framed buildings to collapse from fire in engineering history. So why was the steel from the World Trade Center immediately dumped in the ocean, thereby denying humanity the chance to improve principles of construction and demolition?

In his Farewell Address, George Washington said: "The nation which indulges toward another an habitual hatred or an habitual fondness is in some degree a slave. It is a slave to its animosity or to its affection, either of which is sufficient to lead it astray from its duty and its interest. ...

"Against the insidious wiles of foreign influence (I conjure you to believe me, fellow citizens), the jealousy of a free people ought to be constantly awake, since history and experience prove that foreign influence is one of the most baneful foes of republican government."

Why are lobbyists and political action committees that serve foreign interests, such as Israel's American Israel Public Affairs Committee, allowed access to Congress, the executive branch and even U.S. election campaign financing?

For every question I have raised, there are another 100. Will you please find and ask these questions, too?

Stuart Thompson


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