Letters to the Editor

Voice of the People - August 18, 2008

Government is too intrusive

"The only thing to fear is fear itself" -- words immortalized by one of the greatest purveyors of bovine excrement that ever stained the White House. Americans need to fear the exponential expansion of the compulsory, monopolistic and parasitic expansion into your life, liberty and your pursuit of happiness by the state. Both presidential candidates believe the state is something unquestionably good and noble; therefore, they render the illusion of government solving all problems. Both candidates want to be the new "decider." Our first president recognized that "government is not reason; it is not eloquence, it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master." Dangerous or fearful are your choices.

Our government has become George Washington's worst nightmare. Our fear-mongering elected buffoons drag up every possible bogeyman to frighten the "sheeple." It doesn't matter if the danger is remote or imaginary, if King George decrees there is a terrorist around every corner trying to kill us or the local bureaucrat forcing you to wear a bicycle helmet, the nanny state circumvents your freedom and forces its will on you. To paraphrase Nikita Khrushchev, "the support of the United States rulers is rather in the nature of the support that the rope gives to the hanged man. The cult of the individual must be abolished decisively." It is moot which scaremonger you choose, Republican or Democrat; they both believe you are too stupid to think for yourself.

There is no doubt danger exists, but abdicating security and welfare solely to the state results in a complete loss of freedom. H.L. Mencken deduced that "the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary." The state is a parasite that sucks the life out of the people it is supposed to protect.

The state is a criminal who robs you at gunpoint and a slick snake oil salesman who cons you into something you do not need. Until we look under the bed for the monster ourselves, we can only expect more costly state intrusion into our lives. To be governed is to be forced. So be afraid, be very afraid. Not of the ability to choose for yourself but of the state making the choice for you. Our founding fathers provided a way for us to relieve ourselves from tyranny.

"When the government fears the people, there is liberty; when the people fear the government, there is tyranny." -- Thomas Jefferson.

Rick Gwin

Rock Hill

Stand up for rights of animals

I was proud to see the Herald did a great service with its editorial "Dogs deserve better." No dog should ever be chained and left the way those poor 13 pit bulls were. Those poor dogs were rescued to be returned to the owner. Shame on you, Davenport. I would hope someone in the position of a magistrate would have higher standards than this. But my hopes are blown away every day that I see a chained dog in this town.

York County is a shameful place to live. I was born here but, yes, I am ashamed to admit it. People in this town or state never cease to amaze me. I have seen this all of my life in South Carolina! It is time to wake up, people. Get your dog off the chain and spend time with them, love them, enjoy them. And let them be a part of your family. That is what a pet is, part of your family.

If you are among the people who think like the man with the 13 pit bulls, or the magistrate who sent these poor babies back to the hell they must live in, then do the dog a favor -- give it to someone who will treat it kindly. Or if you are thinking of getting one to tie outside, please rethink your decision to even own a pet. I am proud of those who stand up for the right of these voiceless little creatures. Become a responsible pet owner or don`t own one.

Thanks to The Herald for a great editorial. And thanks to everyone who stands up proudly for animals.

Kathie J. Wallace