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Editorial: We will not tolerate the tyranny of the minority
• The Associated Press-GfK survey show Congress’ approval rating at 5 percent.
By Frank Schier
Editor and Publisher
Since most people are so boringly apathetic or totally disgusted with our government, this is probably an exercise in futility but yes I’m going to ask you to call your U.S. senators and congressmen.
You’d better do it if you don’t want the economy to get worse.
Many business people I know have observed to their friends, employees and even me the federal stalemate is having a negative effect on their revenue.
Their customers either do business with the federal government or their customers’ customer s do business with the federal government. The federal government is now entering the realm of disrepute so blown out by the State of Illinois not paying its billings some businesses have shut down or laid off employees.
Then, we have consumer confidence being blasted by the idiotologs, with a 133-point drop in the stock market on Monday.
International confidence was expressed by world bankers coming to the U.S. last week. If Congress does not act, and U.S. bonds are defaulted on, we are going back into a world-wide recession, and your mutual funds, IRAs and 401ks will falter because they are all invested in U.S. bonds.
Say “thank you for making me poorer” to three primary problem-makers and their two leaders, as noted in a petition by Creadoaction.org: “The petition John Boehner, Paul Ryan and the rest of the House Republicans reads:
“Your attempt to use the government shutdown and the threat of a default on our national debt to exact concessions from the Democrats is nothing less than hostage-taking. Any attempt to use this crisis, which you created, to cut Social Security, Medicaid or Medicare benefits would only add another shameful layer to your already reckless and deeply irresponsible behavior.’”
Right-wing Republicans have fostered long-term hate for Social Security and President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as Medicaid and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
These radicals have gone ballistic over Obama and that “black” president.
This is tyranny of the minority. Both Alexander Hamilton and James Madison warned about the tyranny of the minority and the majority as this nation was formed.
Hamilton wrote: “Give all power to the many , and they will oppress the few. Give all power, to the few, they will oppress the many. Both therefore ought to have power, that each may defend itself against the other.”
Madison, who became our fourth president, wrote: “If [one] sect forms a majority and have the power, other sects will be sure to be depressed.” While he was referring to religious sects, we see the evil spirit of “No Compromise” becoming a religious fever. The unholy 5 percent want us 95 percent to be their peasants once again.
Want another recession? Want your business to fail? Want to lose your job? Well, peasants, watcha gonna do? Get some guts and tell your congressional representative, “We will not tolerate the tyranny of the minority!”
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D)
1009 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
119 N. Church St.
Suites 207 & 208
Rockford, IL 61101
U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R)
1221 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Fax: (202) 225-3521
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D)
711 Hart Senate Bldg.
Washington, DC 20510
9 am to 6 pm ET
Fax: (202) 228-0400
U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R)
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington DC, 20510
From the Oct. 16-22, 2013, issue