Letter: Nation is on slippery slope toward totalitarianism

June 26, 2013 

President Jefferson once said that when the government fears the people there will be freedom. When the people fear the government there will be tyranny. If that be so, then surely tyranny has arrived. Almost daily we see government employees with six-figure salaries go before Congress and spin, obfuscate, stonewall, lie and give snide answers with no fear because they know that the probability of punishment is far less than the probability of promotion or rewards.

They know no fear of the people, the people's representatives or the people's courts.

The multitude of the people's fears are too numerous to list here, however, several are worthy of mention: the huge public debt with generational theft; Obamacare with all its negative ramifications; the trashing of our precious Bill of Rights; gathering phone data and building massive storage facilities; overregulation; and the procurement of riot control vehicles and excessive ammunition by the Department of Homeland Security.

As the government becomes more intrusive and overreaching, we become more fearful. As our Congress becomes more and more impotent, we become more fearful. We are on a slippery slope, my friends. Totalitarianism and/or despotism is but a short slide down from tyranny.

JIM WATKINS, Pasco

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