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Letter: Rights eroding

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Posted: Sunday, December 11, 2011 7:00 am

American citizens face an important crossroad when voting in the next year. At stake are the very foundations of our country. Few can deny the movement to remove basic American tenets for which our founding fathers fought and established in our Constitution.

Article 1 states: "Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defence [sic] and general welfare ... but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States." Our tax code is a mess and not uniform. Our federal debt compromises our national defense and welfare. Our politicians seem unable to accomplish anything.

The First Amendment declared: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." It doesn't say the government should tear down crosses or force a religious school to deny its doctrine. Changing "Christmas" tree to "Holiday" tree prohibits the free exercise of religion. Christmas trees have everything to do with the birth of Jesus Christ. And so I will say "Merry Christmas" and "Christmas tree." My constitutional right does not take away from the right of others to celebrate their religion.

The Right to Bear Arms, guaranteed in the Second Amendment, also is eroding. This right protects us from our own government: " ... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." More and more restrictive gun legislation is being passed in the states. The purchase of ammo is now being controlled. Where you may shoot is being restricted. Our own government is giving weapons to our enemies.

My fellow citizens, think carefully before you pull the voting lever this year.

Sandra Stump Wilson



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