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Letter: Total freedom nullifies social contract

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Posted: Thursday, February 21, 2013 6:21 pm

It is too bad that, these days, so many citizens seem to hate “the government.”

If one remembers from Lincoln’s famous address, we have a government of, for, and by the people. Human beings decided long ago to save themselves from the elements, and from themselves, by joining together into societies governed by means of a mutually beneficial social contract.

The hate mongers of modern “conservative” press, radio, and television decry, discredit, and demonize “the government.”

One is reminded of Oliver Perry’s famous wartime dispatch, “We have met the enemy and he is ours,” which was later modified by Walt Kelly to “We have met the enemy, and he is us”!

Those who do not like their own democratically elected government need to make it better, and not dismantle it.

They would do well to remember that their government is performing those services which they wanted done, but which they were not willing or able to perform by themselves.

Those who claim to want total freedom must first abrogate and nullify the social contract.

George Johnson


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