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Understanding doubts in government

March 11, 2012
Ron Groth, Garwin , Times-Republican

Fifty one years ago my college professor told me that America is a young country and we don't know how long our democracy can last. At that period of my life, I could not understand where her doubts about our government were coming from.

I now understand why she had those doubts. Our national debt keeps increasing and it seems to be political suicide to try to cut government spending. To cut spending, means we have to cut back on someone's government entitlements. "Maybe they could cut back on your government benefits, but if you say you are in favor of cutting mine, you won't get my vote!"

Many of our early leaders also had fears and tried to warn us about the dangers that lie before us.

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself." -John Adams

"Every step we take towards making the State our Caretaker of our lives, by that much we move toward making the State our Master." -Dwight D. Eisenhower.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote!" -Benjamin Franklin

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." -Abraham Lincoln

Have we gone too far down the road to save our great nation? Only time will tell. Can we find enough brave and courageous women and men to make decisions that will benefit our country and ultimately the citizens of this great nation, or will we continue promising voter's benefits that will gain votes, not promises of responsible governing.

"Man will ultimately be governed by God or by tyrants." -Benjamin Franklin



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