- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

It has been prognosticated that the two momentous and consequential events of 2012 will be the end of the Mayan calendar and the possible re-election of President Obama. Both events have the potential to cause some dismay and discomfort.

Before you vote, please consider the following questions: Do we voters so lack responsibility for our own actions that we need government to direct and control us? Must we yield our individual rights to a ruling class that makes any laws it wishes and forces them upon everyone in any manner it wishes? Do we desire to institute the welfare-state policies of Greece and other European Union countries, whose economies have been devastated to the brink of ruin? Do we really believe we can legislate the poor out of poverty and multiply wealth by dividing it?

Ayn Rand, author of “Atlas Shrugged,” warned: “When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work; and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you, you may know that your society is doomed.”

Should we prepare for more than one cataclysmic event in 2012? We can’t change the Mayan calendar, but we can vote.

ED KONECNIK

Flushing, N.Y.


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