March 24, 2010: Great Republic is now in ruins

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To The Editor:
Recently one of the “Progressive” pundits on TV declared that the American public is “not bright enough to really understand the issues” and are just plain stupid. My knee jerk reaction was to take exception to this characterization. After a bit of reflection it dawned on me that maybe he had in mind those voters who put the present government in power. Time has shown that this was a bad move on their part, as the majority of Americans now believe.
The American people are not stupid and if given the facts they are able to think their way out of the present quagmire. Americans will have to make hard choices and evaluate the current belief that a collapsing system can be saved by using the same process which brought about the problem in the first place. Independent thinking is very rare and one must not confuse obstinacy with independence. Rare is the person who accepts anything which contradicts that which is already in his mind labeled “fact.”
Government does not have one penny of its own. Every penny it spends comes from the pockets of the taxpayers. When you hear “government funded” this means you, the taxpayer. I am not opposed to anyone doing what they think best. I do get dismayed when some feel that they need to listen to “experts” as the “Holy Grail” of truth. Why is it that so many will completely disregard their God-given ability to reason and have it supplanted with the nonsense of “experts?” Book learning, unleavened by practical experience and common sense, is worthless. This country was settled by and built by people that in the main were illiterate. Perhaps if they had all been Harvard graduates they would never have accomplished it.
We gain what we loosely call knowledge, by one of two paths: experience and study. It has been repeated that experience is the best teacher. I find no argument with that. You can’t fool all the people all of the time, thereby lies our strength. Without the support of the majority, no political scheme can take place. Remember that there will be no accounting until the voters want it.
I prefer to call myself a realist who believes that survival depends upon paying more attention to experience. America, as the nation I knew, died in 1936 and commenced its decay then. Now we are living in the ruins of a once-great Republic and are about to have the dregs to our grand and great-grandchildren to cope with.

Stuart E. Buswell,
Margaretville