"It was self-serving politicians who
convinced recent generations of Americans that we could all stand in a
circle with our hands in each other's pockets and somehow get
This will be my last column until the November election. Our InterTown Record publisher, Annette Vogel, has wisely chosen to stop the columns written by the "professional" politicians during the campaign. While we would agree with her position, we would all argue that we are not professionals since $100 per year does not qualify us as such. We are all citizen legislators who volunteer our expertise and time for the good of the residents of this great state. And we would have it no other way.
All of us, both Republicans and Democrats alike, serve our constituents in what we consider their best interests. There is no doubt that we frequently take opposing views. But none of us do so for any pecuniary gain. Each of us has a political philosophy that we believe is the best course of action for our state and its citizens. My hat goes off to all I have served with in the last biennium and in those periods in which I have previously served. All have been ladies and gentlemen and all have served nobly.
The question, as we move into the election season, is in which of the various philosophical groups do we place our trust and thus our support? Do we want larger government that takes care of everyone from cradle to grave or do we support a smaller, efficient, and limited government that looks to individuals to take care of themselves as free citizens making choices? The question does not include those who cannot fully cope with the world in which we live. There is no doubt that there are those among us who need assistance. The compassionate among us believe that "safety nets" are necessary and we support such assistance.
But when safety nets grow to assist those of moderate means at the expense of all, we say, "Stop the Spending." Liberty prohibits the redistribution of wealth. "From each according to his ability, to each according to his need," is Karl Marx, not John Adams.
This will be the basic question of the election of 2012: Do we celebrate and advance the liberty and freedom of self-determination or do we slide further into socialism? This main question will be more important than jobs, the economy, health care or any of the other issues that will be discussed. It will be the most important question in our state election as well as our national election. Each of us must decide our answer and thus our vote in November.
I thank all of you who have followed this column for the past year and a half. I have enjoyed sharing my thoughts and my votes with you. I look forward to receiving the honor you may bestow to represent this area again in 2013-2014 and ask for your support.