EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


November 10, 2012

Your view: Letters to the editor

We’re giving away

hard-won freedoms

To the editor:

Back in 1775 the colonists fought for their freedom, and for the freedom of their descendents. They believed in the cause, they believed that cause was worth dying for, and they fought a very difficult war. The colonists won, and a new country was created and a government formed. The government was supposed to ensure that the citizens had rights and freedoms that they did not have under British rule.

We have essentially given away everything those colonists fought for. Our legislative branch has created so many agencies over time that the government encroaches on every part of our lives. The legislature has also created laws that reward people for being lazy and irresponsible by providing those people with food, housing and health care. The reward for being hard-working and responsible — you get to pay for the food, housing and health care for the others.

The judicial branch has decided that personal responsibility is no more. We can legally blame someone else for everything from spilling hot coffee on ourselves while driving to being obese from eating too many Big Macs. Our child gets hurt falling off his bike — it must be the manufacturer’s fault. The cigarette companies are to be blamed for lung cancer even in people that started smoking long after it was determined that smoking causes cancer. We get arrested for drunk driving — it must be the bartender’s fault. We assault somebody, it is because we were abused as a child.

The judicial branch has also decided that immigrants, legal and illegal, and criminals have more rights than law-abiding citizens. And along with that, those criminals, including illegal immigrants, have the right to an attorney paid for by the law-abiding citizens. The illegal immigrants also have the right to an education, housing, and health care, all paid for by the law-abiding taxpaying citizens. The courts have also given more rights to tenants than to property owners and more rights to employees than employers. People no longer have the choice as to whom to rent to and whom they can hire.

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