In the Saturday, Dec. 7, Tribune Chronicle on page 7B there is an article titled "Ohio won't comply with new federal driver's license rules." I want to personally thank the leadership in Columbus for their stand on this issue.
Our state officials recognized that the Department of Homeland Security is over-reaching and intruding into our private lives by wanting to store and share copies of Ohioans' personal records. Our privacy, or our ability to keep our life private, is fading fast. As bureaucrats impose more laws in the guise of keeping us safe, we are losing our freedoms inch by inch.
President George Bush escalated our society down this path with the signing of H.R. 3199, USA Patriot Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005. Under President Obama this act has continued its expansion to the point that assassinations of U.S. citizens have taken place, indefinite detention without due process, warrantless searches that violate our Fourth Amendment right and the continual monitoring of U.S. citizens. Hard for me to believe that people are so fearful that they would forfeit their rights for a false sense of security.
Our media, coupled with the rhetoric from our elected leaders, have instilled fear into the hearts of many Americans with anxiety of terrorism, economic inequity and health care shortages. Our executive branch has too much power, which impedes the ability of our checks and balance system to work properly.
As we put all of the pieces of the puzzle together and then add in the new Affordable Care Act (ACA), you can clearly see a massive shift in power from the individual to the government. When the bureaucrats can legislate that we have to buy a product or pay a fine and they are exempt from that very law, we have an out-of-balance government.
A recent letter to the editor by Dr. Gina Reghetti, D.O., brought up an excellent point about the ACA. This new law will severely inhibit a private practitioner's ability to practice medicine - if not shut them down altogether and force them to belong to a large health care network.
It would appear that the ACA is throwing small business under the bus and limiting the choices for all individuals. Now, does that sound like freedom to you?
The biggest threat to our freedom is not North Korea, Syria or the jihad terrorist of the Middle East, it is our own government with its ever-expanding reach for control into our lives. This may all sound like something out of a best-selling fictional novel, but the reality is, our democracy is falling with little or no resistance, with carefully crafted power shifts and skillfully produced propaganda productions to misinform the public.
Not sure who came up with this quote but it fits: "The greatest slave is one who believes he is free.'' I pray that God will shed His grace once again on all of us and impart wisdom on our leaders.
-- Tim Santell, Kinsman