Over my lifetime, I have watched personal liberty and freedom slowly ebb away by what appeared to be reasonable explanations about what was "for the public good" from our federal government.
But I am horrified to see how quickly, in the last few months, the federal government has encroached on so many of our individual rights and freedoms - to the point of total socialism. Perhaps the former Soviet leader, Kruschev, was right when he said that America "won't accept communism outright, but we'll keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you'll finally wake up and find you already have communism."
Our own government now wants to force me to have health care, pay even more taxes, limit the amount of money I can make, limit the size of car I drive, and not allow me to choose the school my child attends. What on earth has happened to the Land of the Free?
I have had it. I, along with many Americans, have had it. I want my country back! But I am exasperated that so many people seem to swallow this without thought.
I encourage others to call, email, fax, and personally visit on a regular basis their state and federal senators and representatives to express their opposition to anything that expands government.
I don't consider myself an activist but I will gladly join the ranks at the Capitol Steps in Salem on September 12, 2009, in a show of numbers supporting the March on Washington, D.C. on that same day to protest taxes, the socialization of our nation, and violations of our constitution.
Others like me can sign up for the March on Salem at www.marchonsalem.com.
Dane Smith, Springfield