Obstruction and fear-mongering...
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James A. Hoffmann presented an interesting essay regarding President Obama’s recent State of the Union speech. Without any reference to the fact that many Americans had no access to an annual checkup before the Affordable Care Act, he used a healthcare analogy to make his point regarding the state of our national union.

The baseline that he chose was 18th century America, when leeches were the standard option for medical care and patent medicines were prescribed by self-proclaimed “physicians.” Of course, Mr. Hoffmann was making a point about the health of our freedoms. According to the narrative of Mr. Hoffman, we are deprived of our freedoms every day by a tyrannical government bent upon our destruction.

This is the quick and simple summation that is often used by those individuals who would enslave us all if it were not for the fact that we are ruled by the law, enacted by those we ourselves elect (however imperfect) and enforced by a government empowered by those laws.

After stating that we dismiss our government and place our trust in the whims of those powerful individuals who are above the law, because they are endowed like the rest of us with certain inalienable rights and a lot of money, Mr. Hoffmann went on to justify his belief in an American theocracy. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people,” Mr. Hoffmann quoted John Adams as saying.  

Mr. Hoffmann I call your John Adams and raise you one Thomas Jefferson, who stated in a letter to a Mr. Peter Carr dated Aug. 10, 1787: “Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must more approve the homage of reason, than that of blindfolded fear.”

Like Bible verses we can toss the quotes of the Founders and affix our meanings accordingly, yet human nature remains the same.

Finally, considering the performance of our twice-elected President of the United States, I see no reason to place my faith in the mindless doubt prescribed by those who cannot offer any alternatives other than obstruction and fear-mongering.

—Mike Benefield

Terrebonne, Ore.

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