Be skeptical of radical changes

Updated 9/8/2020 9:41 AM

When we broke free of England and the United States was formed, Ben Franklin was approached by a lady who asked what had been established.

His alleged answer was, "A republic, ma'am, if you can keep it." Let us hope our wonderful experiment can continue. History shows civilizations form {Egypt, Greece, Rome, etc.} and then fade. President George Washington voluntarily stepped down and returned to his rural background, as did Cincinnatus of Rome. Term limits should be established for all politicians, not just presidents. Many who go to Washington stay many years,


Hence the "swamp" label. Many in government never ran a business or their own endeavor and feel we should change. Bernie Sanders, and others, feel socialism is preferable. Freedom of choice, private property, paying your own way is not ideal. Government handouts, redistribution of wealth would make things better.

Newt Gingrich tried to address the problem with "Contract with America." The request for term limits did not go far.

A hundred years ago, Argentina rivaled the U.S. and England for trade dominance. Socialism ended that. Venezuela failed also. Cuba's people

flee if they can. The Bolsheviks did away with the church, private property and initiative. Alexander Solzhenitsyn fought for Russia in World War II and

was imprisoned. (The Gulag Archipelago). He lived for a time in Vermont, upon release. He was apprehensive of our future and wrote, "A Warning

to the West." We should be skeptical of those who are determined to undermine and change our wonderful country.

Jim Skog

Hoffman Estates

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