It is at best difficult to comment on a few hundred years of American history, our national and state constitution, the intent of our founders, etc. in a few short words in a letter to the editor.
For those who would like a good start on it, I suggest Clarence B. Carson’s six volume history series. Clarence Carson’s book The American Tradition is a must read also.
Over the last 50 years or so, I have read and pondered hundreds of books on American history and related subjects, as well as made a living. I have served one term during Bicentennial of our national constitution as a Stevens County Commissioner. Using Thomas Jefferson as my example, I took no expenses nor did I sign up for pension benefits. I left the County out of debt and with a reduction in the County property tax.
If I have learned anything from all this, it is that there has always been a great deal of disagreement on the intent and meaning among Americans, (the Civil War being our most tragic example), of the proper scope and limits of government.
I don’t think there is any question that we have strayed quite far from the concepts of constitutional government and the rule of law…or in two words, limited government. Let us hope in this century that we can repair the damage and continue to live in a free society.
John C. Hodde