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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taking America back from Washington

- The Washington Times - Monday, September 13, 2010

Patrick J. Buchanan's speech at the 1992 Republican National Convention laid out the concept of the ideological "culture war" in the United States between the progressive hard left and traditional American economic and social values. This is a war that has continued to escalate to its current height under the Obama-Pelosi-Reid coalition.

Rarely in American history has there been as sharp a clash as this between competing value systems. Since 2010, the hard left has engaged in an all-out assault, expanding its footprint into areas properly reserved to individuals, families, businesses, local communities and the individual states. The possibility of crippling "stimulus" spending and the invasive Obamacare were unfathomable to most Americans just three years ago. These are akin to a Cold War on America and American values and institutions.

We have lately failed to heed the advice of Thomas Jefferson: "In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution."

The first order of business is cleaning house in the November elections. However, we cannot put blind faith in those we send to Washington, regardless of political party. Individual citizens and grass-roots movements must keep the pressure on elected officials to stay within bounds and to roll back the decades of abuses - including Obamacare - that have been imposed on the American people.

Finally, the states must truly step up and protect their citizens by asserting legitimate rights under the 10th Amendment. The federal government is not the final word, and the states can say no to it. Twenty-five states have opposed Real ID, and lawmakers in 30 states have introduced legislation that would declare certain provisions of the national health care bill to be null and void within the state. This legislation passed in Arizona, Idaho, Utah and Virginia.

Only through accountability driven by citizen and state action can we hope to rein in Washington and end the hard left's cold war on America.

JAMES VETTER

Furlong, Pa.

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