Letter: Don't be apathetic about government intrusions

March 31, 2013 

"The government should do for the people only what they cannot do better themselves and no more."

-- Abraham Lincoln.

My favorite parts of that phrase are the words "only" and "no more." And therein lies the rub. How do we decide what the government should "do" for the people?

According to the mayor of New York, what the government should do for the people is attempt to limit their calorie intake. Do you think that's what Lincoln had in mind? An extreme example, but indicative of the problem. How much government is too much?

Aren't we supposed to decide?

I've heard and read many warnings regarding apathy when it comes to self-governance; I just never thought it would be played out in my lifetime. Make no mistake, today's Democrats are lead by a pack of anti-human secularists who seek to place pragmatism over morality and ethics. They are counting on apathy. And winning.

Whether or not they succeed is entirely up to us. We are, and have always been, the final "check." Make it count. The stakes are high.

Personally, I miss the Democrats who fell for JFK. They at least had some notion of reprisal.

JEREMY OWEN, Kennewick

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