A response to “At Least Celebrate Colonists’ Sentiment” (July 7 letters by Tim Mavrides):
Attributing the American Revolution to some sort of anti-corporate movement is not only ridiculous; to some people like me it is downright insulting! Anyone who has actually read the Declaration of Independence would see that it wasn’t an anti-corporate movement but a revolutionary movement from a monarchy; from the “absolute tyranny” the king of Great Britain had over the colonies.
Jefferson wasn’t referring to corporations when he penned about “moneyed interests.” Jefferson spoke of that term when debating on a central banking system, and if put into context with his actual quote you’d see he’s referring to corruption and greed in legislation.
Blindly labeling all corporation evil is no different than judging someone by the color of their skin. Corporations are not what is evil, it is the individual(s) behind them that are evil and corrupt; along with greed and corruption in the government.
Lastly, you are right: We can thank our Founding Fathers for the Constitution because it was written with individual rights in mind. And individuals have every right to form businesses and corporations as well.
Oh yeah and we are NOT a democracy, we are a republic! (See the Pledge of Allegiance).
-- Brian Widhalm, Gilbert
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