Politics: a word that puts a bad taste in my mouth even before I say it! I, probably like many of you, have left the ugly game of politics to others. I have shaken my head in disgust at the arrogance of our elected officials and the voices that drive them. Complained about their actions with my neighbors and then without any action of my own went back to work, allowing these few to slowly, quietly and selfishly take away my freedoms.
I was prompted recently to re-read the Declaration of Independence;
“We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, - That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing it powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.”
Do you hold these freedoms dear, or like me have you taken them for granted until now? Our rights, the rights that truly make us Americans are being threatened. We (as a county, state and country) elected these individuals and now we’re all paying for it. Enough of the hard handed politics being unwillingly shoved down our throats! Are we really going to let a small handful of people dictate our lives? Of course we all have different opinions, the difference is most of us don’t force them on others, but in our quietness we have let their opinions take hold.
Me, I am just a common, imperfect, hardworking man, who raised his sons to be productive, contributing, patriotic citizens. A man who realizes he has stood on the sidelines too long. Perhaps like me, it is time for you to stop, reflect and Step Up.
Let your voice be heard,
– Don Latham, Ridgway