Arms at the ready

March 23, 2010 

Democrats in Congress advanced their ideological goal of socialism by passing health care legislation that the majority of Americans don't want or need and can't afford.

In the Declaration of Independence, our Founding Fathers observed that when government ceases to listen to the will of the people, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it and to institute new government, and that when a long train of abuses and usurpations evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government.

At the hands of successive Congresses dating to Roosevelt's New Deal, Americans have suffered a "long train of abuses and usurpations (designed) to reduce them under absolute despotism," and if it continues, Americans have the right and the duty "to throw off such government," peaceably if possible, but by force if necessary.

I hope that Americans will have the wisdom to vote in November such that armed conflict is avoided, but if force ultimately becomes necessary, I pray that Americans will have the courage, faith and determination of our Founding Fathers.

Paul Wilms


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