Letters to the Editor for Feb. 22, 2012

By Baker City Herald readers February 22, 2012 09:43 am

Government and liberty: The dilemma

To the editor:

The excellent letters from Jay Boyd and Gary Dielman illustrate the dilemma of human society. Because human nature cannot be trusted to be always good, government tries to check the blossoming evil as when capitalists have "no regard for the welfare of their fellow man." (quote from Gary Dielman's letter.

Eventually government, made up of humans, also becomes a power-hungry entity. Jay Boyd's letter described government forcing the Catholic Church to act against its teachings. The outcry has been great. This intrusion may be averted — this time.

In our past, capitalists had an exceedingly strong hold on government; hearts ached for workers who were treated like throwaway cogs. Labor unions were formed and reined in their cavalier attitude. Given enough time, labor unions also became power- and money-hungry, and have recently begun to decline in acceptance. And around we go.

Socialism and Communism tried to create by law an economic system that would eliminate the evils. Lenin's "from each according to his ability; to each according to his need" is from the Bible (Acts 4:32-35) and sounds so good. (It is good, but only works for those whose hearts have been changed by God Himself.) Now we see its evil blossoming: the growing welfare entitlement mentality. Laws are so intertwined in people's lives — look at Greece — that even hard-working people cannot keep up with the "needs" let alone the need for capitalists to make a decent profit. What is a decent profit, anyway — the Quakers' 10 percent?

I wish we would sing "America The Beautiful," including the verses quoted by Gary Dielman, a thousand times a year until "May God thy gold refine til all success be nobleness, and every gain divine!" and "God shed His grace on thee, til selfish gain no longer stain the banner of the free!" becomes a reality, and we truly are our brother's keeper.

I would add yet another verse: "God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self control, they liberty in law."

Suzanne Kahle

Baker City