- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 30, 2013

The city of Sardis was once considered one of the greatest cities in the world. It was approximately 1,500 feet above the valley, built on a mountain spur. It was considered impregnable to military assault. But the citizens of Sardis let their guard down, and Sardis fell, first to the Persians and then to the Greeks. Sardis had become overconfident and complacent.

Today, the citizens of the United States have also become overconfident and complacent. We are about to be overrun by a totalitarian government run by corrupt officials.

Before it happened, I could never have imagined a government sending the IRS to investigate and harass a group of people and organizations because of their political viewpoint. Then we had the Justice Department targeting journalists and their families. I guess the First Amendment to the Constitution does not matter to this president.

These actions are reminiscent of Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union and communist China. We complain about human rights abuses in other countries, yet 50 million babies have been aborted in the United States. The country is moving in the direction of national approval of homosexual marriage, while simultaneously banning God from our schools.

I cannot stay silent any longer. I urge everyone reading this letter to get involved. Do not sit on the sidelines and watch our freedoms disappear. As Thomas Jefferson said, “When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty.”

HARRY McCLUNG

Daniels, W.Va.