Throw the rascals out

Dear Editor:

Today, after three useless wars, we find ourselves with nearly $30 trillion of national debt, political and cultural divisions not seen since the 1930s, with only the temporary leadership of an administration or two arresting the progress toward state socialism along the way since 1963.

The Republican “war party” and the Democrat “tax-and-spend socialists” have both reached the end of the line and it is time to throw the rascals out — all of them. It is way past time for a peaceful return to what we once were — honorable, polite, truthful and well-mannered, prideful but not arrogant and certainly not narcissistic. We need to readopt actual history and teach it as it was in the context of human thinking at the time, right or wrong. This should be the path of American progress, but without true compassionate leaderships we are the ship without a rudder.

What has happened to us? The president and executive branch have become too powerful. A weak Congress passes laws then allows an unelected bureaucracy to write the rules of enforcement while at the same time elevating itself far above the citizens it’s supposed to serve. Congressional salaries and benefits as well as vacations, recesses and constantly running for re-election have reduced the time when they are actually working for the public. Then, they all retire rich.

Political power needs to be returned to the states and the public needs to pay attention.

Lastly, with a much-needed history lesson, our very wise first president, George Washington, in his farewell address of Sept. 19, 1796, stated the following:

“In offering to you, my countrymen, these counsels of an old affectionate friend, I dare not hope they will make the strong and lasting impression I could wish; that they will control the usual current of the passions or prevent our nation from running the course which has hitherto marked the destiny of nations. But if I may even flatter myself that they may be productive of some partial benefit, some occasional good; that they may now and then recur to moderate that fury of party (political) spirit, to warn against the mischiefs of foreign intrigue, to guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism; this hope will be a full recompense for the solicitude for your welfare, by which they have been dictated.”

Dudley Gray

Rangeley Plantation

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