Cumberland Times-News

Letters

December 28, 2012

Controlling others for the common good is not good

The writer Robert Heinlein once said: “Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort.”

So it is where we find ourselves under single party rule?

 No difference between Republicans or Democrats. I think I can mark the official slide into serfdom after the repudiation of Ron Paul.

I guess being a serf isn’t so bad. Many Medieval serfs had good life under their aristocratic masters. But if you don’t like that and wonder what to do remember that Article V Constitutional Convention I once mentioned?

Silly, huh? Except that states are already asserting themselves. Thank you, Gov. Corbett of Pennsylvania, for stalling on the health care exchanges, the key component, without which there can be no Obamacare.

Pennsylvania joins 21 other states, perhaps more now, in refusing to start the exchanges.

Now to be sure, the Department of Health and Human Services can send in federal employees to do what the states won’t.

Good luck with that, we’re broke and even Conceder of the House Boehner would have a time selling the employment of tens of thousands of new federal workers.

So I pose this thought: If the states can nullify Obamacare what else can they do? Term limits? Neutering the Supreme Court? Shut down the IRS? Those are a few fine ideas.

It isn’t pie in the sky, because the states are already doing it.

Let’s help them out, because I’d like nothing better than to stick it to those trying to control others for the greater good. I guess it is the surly curmudgeon in me.

 James Parsons, former resident

Carlisle, Pa.

1
Text Only
Letters
  • It might not be a problem, but a possibility

    God certainly orchestrates circumstances that cause us to marvel. The recent flood In Cresaptown that Calvary Baptist Church/School endured is proving to be yet another miracle birthed out of devastation.

    July 24, 2014

  • Look to the Jubilee solution to resolve our economic woes

    Following the Lehman banking debacle of 2008, the government sponsored bailout of the banking sector to boost the economy created an illusion of recovery.

    July 24, 2014

  • Common Core curriculum is bad news for West Virginians

    If something is not done soon, the vast majority of American K-12 school children will be taught using dubious, federally backed national education “standards” that have come under fire from across the political spectrum.

    July 24, 2014

  • Please return valuable items taken from woman’s parked van

    On July 8 at 2:33 p.m. my 16-year-old granddaughter Caitlyn Cook and I arrived at Children’s Medical Group for a 3 p.m. appointment.

    July 23, 2014

  • Legion honor guard available to honor veterans at their funerals

    We in the honor guard of Fort Cumberland Post 13, American Legion, performed 196 veterans service in 2013.

    July 22, 2014

  • Remember, we’re not immune to extinction

    I’d like to pose a theoretical scenario to Cal Thomas.

    If a medical specialist said, “Cal, you’ve got a serious physical problem. Do nothing and you’ll die soon. Follow my prescription, which involves certain life-style changes, and there’s a good probability you’ll live, even if your life may be a bit more constrained than now.”

    July 21, 2014

  • America has three branches of government for good reasons

    “Mikulski Calls for Continued Action to Protect Women's Health Following Dangerous Supreme Court Decision” is the heading you will find on Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s website.

    July 21, 2014

  • Tell legislators to do what is right for America’s vets

    Without our veterans and those who made the ultimate sacrifice, where would America be today? It is anyone’s guess, however certainly not the Freedom and Liberty we enjoy.

    July 18, 2014

  • Move over Move over

    Have you noticed, in your travels, that the front end of a police cruiser usually protrudes a bit more than you would expect when the officer has it parked behind another vehicle on the side of the road?

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Use local workers in building new Baltimore Pike travel stop

    As a delegate to the Maryland General Assembly representing Allegany County, and specifically the City of Cumberland, I welcome you to our community as you prepare to construct a Love’s Travel Stop at the above referenced location (on Baltimore Pike).

    July 17, 2014

Latest news
Facebook
Must Read
House Ads