To the editor of THE EAGLE:

As we approach this election season, we should all beware of candidates who profess they "just want to do what’s best for: you, the city, the town, state, country, etc." because it’s a sure sign they don’t understand the real role of government or the fundamentals of freedom.

All these politicians can think of is doing what’s best (in their minds anyway) for other people, or else lining their own pockets and polishing their résumés. The problem is, what they’re always doing for others is done with other peoples’ money. They never stop to realize that all they do in the name of "progress" isn’t necessarily so and may, in fact, be just the opposite.

Loading someone else’s just and rightful burden on the backs of others against their will in the name of charity and so-called social justice (whatever that is) has delivered nothing but decades of unending tax increases, ever-expanding budgets, mind-boggling waste, fraud and abuse, incompetence, and outrageous scandals. We’re over $17 trillion dollars in debt and it’s climbing faster than a hijacked jet! We taxpayers must be dumber than a box of rocks to let this go on.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had enough of these idiots "doing what’s good for us" and it’s way past time we elected candidates who will work to throw off these chains and shackles of "public good deeds" that only serve to rob and enslave us.

I’m reminded of an old saw my Dad used to tell me on occasion when, as a broke and downtrodden teenager (self-inflicted) I went looking to him for a handout. He’d say: "OK son, what did you do to earn it?" And when I couldn’t come up with a good answer, he’d say: "I never do for others what they should be doing for themselves, for all that serves is to harm them and make them weaker." End of discussion; lesson learned.

It’s about time we all learned that lesson and put a stop to this particular insanity we presently have masquerading as a "progressive" government.

WILLIAM LEE

Dalton