Neither Party Offers Much

While I'm still in this "taking a clear stand" mood (a reference to my last letter), I thought this would be a good time to tell the people of my community what I think of official national politics in America.

I believe the Republican Party is so full of stupid, cowardly and impotent people, it has nearly lost its usefulness to the general public.

I'm sorry if I have offended some people by saying this.

On the other hand, I believe the Democratic Party is full of people engaged in denial, walking around in despair and ignorantly attempting to destroy the very foundation which America was spiritually established on.

I'm sorry if I've offended more of you by uttering this statement.

Just in case you Perotistas (Ross Perot supporters) are thinking I'm acknowledging your "good judgment" for abandoning one of the above poor excuses for a political party, then I had better say something so you don't feel left out.

You small percent who voted for the billionaire for practical purposes might as well have stayed home. By supporting an independent (or third party candidate, as supporters of the Libertarian Party do), you literally cast your votes to the wind.

I fully understand your argument that "the lesser of two evils is still evil." But can't you see you have merely bought a revised argument that "the least of three or more evils is the least evil"? And you still end up with one of the other evils!

Now that I have dispensed with the shock treatment, let me explain what prompted me to write a letter such as this. In thinking about our Fourth of July celebration this year, I realized it has been reduced to an event of a nation full of people who gather together for the sole purpose of making a bunch of noise. (Read it again if you don't believe I said it.)

I can't help but reflect on our Declaration of Independence, where it begins, "We hold these truths to be self-evident…"

Most of our children don't even know what truths our founding fathers held, and many of us have taught our children that nothing is self-evident any more.

Maybe for a few years we should save the money we spend on expensive fireworks and hire a few public speakers to stand on some platforms at our beautiful park. These speakers could read to us the explosive words of Washington, Adams, Madison, Hamilton, Jefferson and others.

I realize such a public reading would anger a lot of Democrats and embarrass a lot of Republicans, but these oral presentations once turned the whole world upside down when they were first set off like dynamite.

Right now, I can hear some of you saying "But, Mr. Wolf, hardly anyone would show up for such a Fourth of July Celebration." I fully realize that, and isn't that the very problem I am addressing here? The sad truth is that very few Americans would show up.

But imagine the effect on those few, all around the country, who took a chance at hearing liberty exploded into the sky so intelligently, courageously and authoritatively.

Lest some of you think I'm a killjoy who wishes to dampen the spirit of the loud fireworks celebrations which we now experience, you sell me short. After a few years of the readings of our American founders, I would argue that the spirit of the fireworks celebrations would be deeply enriched.

Both political parties -- the cowardly Republicans and the despairing Democrats -- would be affected by such a revival of Americanism. And so would our wandering people who have forgotten where we came from, don't know where we are and presently have no idea where we are headed.

We need to stop,
think and
love liberty.

---Kenneth J. Wolf #33 (07/09/94)

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