- - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Leftists in Congress make no secret of their disdain for the Constitution, which they have pledged to uphold (“Amend the First Amendment?” Commentary, May 11). Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and 36 of his colleagues have promised a vote to stifle free speech. Has anyone else noticed lately how the left’s political correctness machine has cost certain conservative individuals and businesses their livelihoods — to the total silence of the mainstream media?

The First Amendment is again under attack by Democrats. The Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, continues to be under attack by Democrats. The Fourth Amendment, our right to be secure against unreasonable searches, is under attack by this administration’s use of drones and its systematic retrieval of our phone records.

The president and the Democrats in the Senate have bypassed the House and are now making laws. This is an unlawful and unconstitutional abuse of power. Our freedom as individuals, ordained by God and written in ink as best as the greatest minds of the Founders of the Constitution could fathom, are being chipped away at insidiously by those hungry for total power over our lives. These are the ones the Founders warned us against.

Ignorance and apathy may very well be the undoing of America. In 2016, we must vote as though our lives depended on it.

LORRAINE RYAN

Berwyn Heights

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