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January 28, 2013

Readers' Forum 1-28 | Power-mad government the real enemy

JOHNSTOWN — To historically challenged casualties of modern education, I explain: The Second Amendment to the Constitution states: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

What is a militia? George Mason, considered a “father of the United States’ Bill of Rights” said, “I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few public officials.”

One reason Americans were successful in the fight for independence over the redcoats was their superiorly accurate, handcrafted Kentucky rifles compared to the less-effective smoothbore British muskets.

Gun-grabbing progressives argue that ordinary citizens have no business owning so-called “assault weapons,” but as one applies the context in which the Second Amendment was written, to maintain freedom from tyrannical government, the citizenry must be armed at least equally and preferably superior to the government forces sent to suppress their freedom.

Our government, and this administration in particular, is obsessed with power and arrogantly tramples the Constitution that they have sworn to uphold.

They fear an armed populace, so they’ll use any tragedy to disarm us, even though their actions cannot prevent these tragedies. Using class warfare successfully subverts unity among the people, but when Marxism has won, we’ll all be peasant-class subjects.

Our only hope is for all Americans to join in resisting the real enemy: Tyrannical, power-mad government.

Barry W. Billings


America no longer ‘united we stand’

While looking at a coin of our American currency, my attention was drawn to the inscription, “E Pluribus Unum,” “United we stand.”

Lately, our country is not one of unison; we are a country divided. So very pitiful are we.

The president is looked down upon in every aspect. It seems Congress constantly calls the shots here.

The president wants to do for the middle class and poor. There are always restrictions from Congress.

Also, the corporate-world “fat cats” who have sent industries to China and other foreign countries for cheaper labor don’t give a darn for their fellow Americans.

American craftsmanship no longer exists. Our department and hardware stores mostly carry products made in China. These materials, by majority, are cheaply made and of poor quality, but not cheaply priced.

If we keep going this way, our official language will possibly change – and it won’t be Spanish. Get ready to learn how to read and write in Chinese because this is where America is headed.

American English will also become extinct. Maybe we as Americans need a real wake-up call.

We need to re-unite before it’s too late.

Please, wake up, America.

Jeanette Calderon


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Controlling folks moving into city housing.
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