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Letters to the editor, March 17

Freedom matters

For more than 100 years, government power has grown steadily and our freedom to make choices and decisions in our own lives has shrunk steadily. As has been said, “The bigger the government, the smaller the citizen.”

That process has finally reached the tipping point. Morally, certain leftist politicians, such as President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, are perfectly happy with the immorality of being our masters and they intend to take full control.

They’re sure they know best. They’ll tell us what to do (e.g., Obamacare), and if we dare to object, we’ll live to regret it. (IRS audits, anybody?)

Sadly, those who support such leftists, and therefore would be slaves, are nearly a majority of voters.

As Lincoln said before the Civil War that cost the lives of more than 700,000 Americans, “A house divided against itself cannot stand ... this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. ... It will become all one thing or all the other.”

Now, too, we can’t stay “half slave and half free.” We’ll inevitably become “all one thing or all the other.”

Those of us who know that freedom matters will either convince a majority of voters to return to traditional American values of self-reliance and personal accountability, or freedom will be lost for all.

Whatever the final decision, we can’t have another disastrous civil war. Either those Americans who would be free will have to accept slavery, or those who would be slaves will have to accept freedom.

Lee Nahrgang,