Some thoughts about our civic health

Letter to the editor

Posted: Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Increasingly obvious techniques used by modern political strategists are intentionally telling half-truths (which is still bearing false witness), and bullying lawmakers and public servants. Exposed half-truths can't be prosecuted like lies can be, yet half-truths have the same impact as lies on the understandings and conduct of people and organizations.

Simply look anywhere our nation, our military, and our citizens are suffering unfairly and you will find such dishonesty, guaranteed. Most all of you learned about bullying in public schools, and therefore know the inexplicable character and opinion shifts of someone being bullied. Example: Before taking a position, Senator Lisa Murkowski at first wanted to investigate testimony on the alleged unfitness of the nominee for Ambassador to the UN. Sensible. She's a trained lawyer. But then suddenly she is apparently just "trusting the judgment of the leaders of her party" about this nomination. Get it?

The result-orientated practice of freedoms of religion/conscience, speech, association, and civic contribution proportionately reduces the need for government law and regulation. This is the entire basis for theories of free limited government. But, as history has shown, people can be bribed into civic laziness by "benevolent" subsidy of their needs and entertainment by their government leaders. Care to prove that our modern politicians are innocent of this?

The illness of a free government can be measured by how much secrecy it uses. This is self evident. The proliferation of secrecy proportionally chains the minds of peoples practicing the self-government that makes government free. By its very nature, secrecy demands utilization by a cancerous aristocracy, free government's natural enemy. Like cancer it replicates itself within the body politic, masquerading as needful for "effective" decision-making and/or security. And like cancer it naturally consumes public resources for its existence at the covert expense of free government.

So can you guess why executive-branch management of U.S. government secrecy is currently unregulated by public law -- except the servile begging allowed by the Freedom of Information Act and some intelligence oversight by Congress? Can you guess why closed committee meetings and reducing true ethics oversight of lawmakers seem so popular with politicians?

It's your state and country.

Stuart Thompson

Auke Bay

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