To the Editor:
I hear frequently on the little radical radio station talk show "WAIS Viewpoint" that Thomas Jefferson said this country would be destroyed from within. It was actually Abraham Lincoln who said that. Here is the quote I found; I could find no such quote by Thomas Jefferson: "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."
Lincoln further went on to say in a letter to Col. William F. Elkins Nov. 21, 1864: "I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country... Corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed."
I find this interesting on two levels, which already should be obvious to most thinking people.
First, that tea partiers, the original government-hating people, have run and won office, and now are not willing to govern. Might I remind these folks that their handsome salaries and handsome benefits are being paid by the taxpayers, and that they were elected for God knows what reason unless it was just to destroy government and this country. Which does not speak well for their electorate who apparently do not know what government does for them unless it comes to their Social Security and Medicare, which they seem to be highly fond of. Yes, we've paid into those programs, but the tea partiers don't like taxes (which Social Security and Medicare are, and a lot of us have paid in for years), but those programs were also a form of insurance that was supposed to be government guaranteed. Otherwise, don't take my money. But they will cause my taxes to go up come Jan. 1.
Secondly, that Lincoln said more intelligent things, and more things relevant to what's going on today, than the founding fathers said, and Abraham Lincoln was supposedly a Republican. I guess he was, since he wanted to save the Republic. The second quote is especially interesting in light of Citizens United, the Koch Brothers, Sheldon Adelson, et al., and Mitt Romney's statement that "corporations are people, my friends." No, they are not.
Our government is being destroyed from within. Elected people with anti-government views with corporate sponsors are being paid by YOU to do it. Let's put an end to it and get these crazies out of office.
Anyone who says the Republican Party is not the party of big money was not paying attention in 2012, even though it didn't work. And that goes for the bought-off, hijacked by Dick Armey and the Koch Brothers Tea Party too. Grass roots my ass.
Monserat Ridge Road