Letters to the Editor

'Change the rules'

Sport politics doesn't interest me. I can't get excited over the next unethical law or the newest plan to redistribute wealth. For me, election season is a time for reflection. Many of Thomas Jefferson's letters show that, while proud of America, he was uncertain of its future:

"Our government is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction; to wit: by consolidation first and then corruption, its necessary consequence. The engine of consolidation will be the federal judiciary; the two other branches the corrupting and corrupted instruments."

Jefferson's fears have been substantiated. With the Civil War in 1861, America took a wrong turn. By 1914, we were the antithesis of American ideals. How did the freest, most prosperous nation go wrong? We were overcome by socialism. Our government has used democracy to legitimize all of its destructive policies.

We have a choice to continue down this dangerous path or reclaim the true legacy of our country -- liberty, individualism, non-aggression, limited government, private property and free markets. We won't do it by playing musical chairs trying to get the "right" people in office. We need to change the rules.

Michael Varin

Fresno

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