I'm responding to the March 28 letter on Republicans not acting democratically in choosing justices. I'm amazed at people like Myrna Gardner. They have it so good and yet they cannot see how good they have it until it is gone.
The dictionary defines democracy as a "government by the people; government in which the supreme power is retained by the people and exercised either directly (absolute, or pure democracy), or indirectly (representative democracy) through a system." If I'm not mistaken, in the last election there was a huge turnout at the polls, about 60 percent. The people spoke.
Who forced "ideology that they have some God-ordained right to force their social or religious beliefs" on others? No one. By citing the Declaration of Independence, Myrna is jumping from 1776 to 2005 without seeing the misguided paradigm shift this country is heading to, like the Monkey Trial of 1925, which changed the course of American history forever. Evolution theory (yes, theory) was "forced" upon us by the ACLU, and has been chasing God out of the country ever since. Thus creating another powerful country to self-construct from within, then implode.
"They are endowed by their Creator ... Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." For 149 years, the church has been teaching the "people" about the "Creator." Since 1925, look where we are? I believe in separation of church and state. The state (government) is not to govern the church, like in England, hence the Church of England. The United States does not have the Church of the United States. Now the state oversteps the boundary into the church and becomes the creator, thus making the people dependent on the government, and making the government a savior to the people. The direction the United States is heading is to socialism, thanks to liberalism, then to communism, thanks to organizations like the ACLU that want God removed. Soon it will be "were Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness" in the history classes.
"For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor the protected will never know." (Written on a C-ration box in Sanh after the Tet offensive in Vietnam 1968.) Our forefathers knew what the flavor of freedom tasted like. Go to China or North Korea; then tell me what freedom tastes like.