Sunday June 30, 2013

To the editor of THE EAGLE:

After reading letters June 14 by Dennis Croughwell ("Who do we trust with our information?,") and Alexander R. Morrow ("Corporations have same information,") I’m reminded of how history repeats itself.

Before the American Revolution, there were the loyalists who were OK with England’s bullying because England supposedly offered them protection. That protection never did pan out. By contrast, the patriots were willing to put life on the line for true liberty. We celebrate the patriots and pour scorn on the Loyalists.

During that time, an honest press made all the difference in spurring the Revolution. Thomas Paine’s "Common Sense" turned the loyalists into patriots. Today, our nation has a press that is compromised. If a news company leans liberal, important stories may be skipped if doing so benefits the news company’s opposition to conservative ideals. Instead of just reporting the news and letting the people figure it out, stories are simply omitted if they somehow help the opposing viewpoint. One example of an important story discarded by almost every liberal leaning news company is that the IRS demanded access to a conservative group’s website username and password. The targeted group has since filed a lawsuit against the IRS.

What Mr. Croughwell and Mr. Morrow do not fully understand, or willfully overlook, is that a corporation is bound by laws that the U.S. government simply is not bound by. If a corporation breaks a law and you are harmed, you can sue that corporation (including for legal fees), people can choose not to do business with that company, or competition may force that company to reconsider its ways.

While corporations are subject to laws, the federal government isn’t subject to much. With narrow exceptions, it cannot be sued. It also need not abide by constitutional dictates as witnessed by its recent violations of the First, Second and Fourth amendments. If the IRS pesters you, you cannot sue it to recoup legal expenses necessary to defend yourself! This is why the Declaration of Independence says, "That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government . Š"

Of course, infringing upon the Second Amendment nullifies the Declaration of Independence as "abolishing" government would be unlikely without military-type weapons. Our Founders understood tyrannical rule and placed safeguards in our system to prevent government from becoming overlord and big brother.

JEFF BRANCA

Pittsfield