Carry on founders’ vision; cast votes for liberty
One has to think we are living in a very trying time in our nation’s short-lived life span. Some lament that it’s too late to save the values our nation was founded upon. Others celebrate the possibility that the core intent of our founders’ Constitution should be demolished.
Our founders’ intent was to provide freedom and liberty for individuals to succeed to one’s highest level of accomplishment in their chosen field. They also desired freedom for all to worship and speak out as they so chose. In addition, they were extremely committed to assuring that tyrannical dictatorship would not be possible in the United States as it was in their time in European nations. Hence, the Second Amendment. Its intent was to provide for a civilian defense against a tyrannical takeover of their dream of a republic of the people, by the people and for the people.
Today we have seen an automotive industry of the government, a student loan industry of the government, a medical industry of the government, a Federal Reserve of the government, an oil non-producing industry of the government, and on it goes.
What is your choice? We must choose either individual liberty or government tyranny. The time is now for us to decide. Our children’s and grandchildren’s future hangs on our choice.
Please vote for liberty for our children and grandchildren. And may God choose to continue to bless America, in spite of our many great faults.
JAY POWELL Fort Wayne
Missouri Synod mistaken with Sandy Hook reprimand
What a wretched testimony the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod gave to the church’s teaching of justification by grace through faith when it reprimanded one of its pastors, the Rev. Rob Morris of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Connecticut, for giving the benediction last December at an interfaith vigil following the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
This is but another example of doctrine being twisted and exalted in such a way as to deny our common humanity and hinder the love and compassion we are to have with and for everyone.
THE REV. FRED HASECKE Fort Wayne
Stutzman statement shows ignorance on defense
In a Feb. 2 article detailing Rep. Marlin Stutzman’s visit to local schools, my attention was caught when I got to the following: He (Stutzman) noted that military spending has risen from $260 billion a year to nearly $650 billion since 2011. I was truly taken aback by this comment and hoped that it was a result of incorrect reporting or some sort of typo.
However, taking the article at face value, that was the most absurd, ignorant assertion of fact that I’ve ever heard someone in Stutzman’s position utter. Any ordinary citizen can easily ascertain such information by simply Googling it, which I did just to acquire the actual numbers published by the federal government.
Going back to fiscal 2005, the following was found for the Department of Defense budget:
2005: $543 billion
2006: $550 billion
2007: $586 billion
2008: $606 billion
And all of those figures do not include the costs for the two wars.
One must conclude that our representative is ignorant or lying. In either case, it does not speak well for the person we elected.
We deserve better.
DAVID OBERSTAR Fort Wayne