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Mullins Letter - 08/19/09

For those who recognize and value the freedoms we have enjoyed as individuals and as a nation, it seems prudent to consider life without it, because that appears to be a looming reality. The District of Columbia (DC), noted in the Constitution as the seat of government, has been perverted to the point that it might be more aptly called the district of corruption.

To support this assertion, it behooves one to reflect on our beginning. The Declaration of Independence states that we do have certain unalienable rights, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and noted the denial of those rights as the reason for our separation from an oppressive government. The preamble to our Constitution reads, "We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." In neither document do I find even a hint of a guarantee that we will amass wealth, or achieve happiness, just the right to make the effort to be successful.

Over time, self-serving politicians have perverted and expanded those concise promises to now make up an untold number of benefits called "entitlements" to perpetuate their stay in office and to enrich themselves. The more one investigates, researches and learns about the source of the corruption, the more they realize just how widespread it is, and how difficult it is to identify a single source. It is like a maze, or trying to find the pea in a shell game. The tentacles of government are far-reaching and without restraint are like a cancer that feeds upon itself to ultimate destruction.

One obvious area of corruption is in the voting process where there have been numerous reported incidences of fraud, which prompts the question; did voters or politicians defile the process? Politicians know that they can impose a tax on the masses to provide a benefit of value to someone who hasn't earned it and buy their loyalty in the voting booth. For example, Social Security was intended to provide a worker the means of survival when he became too old to work. Over the years, Democrats Johnson, Carter, and Clinton expanded it to incorporate Medicare, Medicaid, and other benefits. Bush added Medicare Part D. I am not sure anyone even knows how many "entitlement" benefits exist, which I can find no authority or obligation for in our Constitution. (See 10th Amendment). I see many of these benefits as mere fabrications of politicians, using taxpayer money, with the intention of buying loyalty to a political party.

The nation cannot survive the weight of these entitlements, and Democrats are pushing a monstrous health care spending bill, when we are now borrowing money to pay the interest on money we have already borrowed. They surely know this so what other conclusion can a sensible person draw than the objective of this democrat administration and Congress is to bankrupt the nation? Should I dare mention subversion?

Grady Mullins

Conyers