Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor 12/6

Deadlock not bad

After recently and continually hearing from the president about how we have a do-nothing Congress, and if he could bypass Congress to get things done, such as his jobs act, I was inspired to go back and read philosopher Friedrich Hayek.

In 1944 he wrote “... the position which precedes the suppression of democratic institutions and the creation of a totalitarian regime. In this stage it is the general demand for quick and determined government action that is the dominating element in the situation, dissatisfaction with the slow and cumbersome course of democratic procedure which makes action for action’s sake the goal. It is then the man or the party who seems strong and resolute enough ‘to get things done’ who exercises the greatest appeal. ...

It is here that the new type of party, organized on military lines, comes in.”

Sometimes, a deadlock in the Congress should show the American people that the system the found-ers set up is working properly in preventing any rash ideas being made law.

Greg Larson

San Luis Obispo

We let it happen

In today’s society, it seems we all have become more and more lazy and complacent.

I mean, it really seems most people care more about animals’ survival rather than human survival. I care about the environment and cut down on driving my car and recycle and use low-water plants around the home. It just seems that all through the ’80s and ’90s we sat on our collective hands and let these disasters happen. Gangs, drugs, overpopulation and oversized government are just the tip of the iceberg. War, environmental disasters, slow government responses to the needs of the population — has it occurred to anyone what’s wrong here? We let it happen, and now we’re running to catch up and fix it.We as a people need to consolidate our thinking on the same track and fix it. Our own government has let our jobs get outsourced overseas over the past 30 years, and now we are in an endless conflict that is draining our resources and money into an endless money pit.

I hope this hits home to many out there.

Raymond C. Porter

Paso Robles

A letter to Obama

Why is my country supplying weapons and supporting the corrupt and oppressive Egyptian army while they brutally murder and maim their own freedom-seeking people?

If this reprehensible, immoral behavior on our part is consistent with “American interests,” then we truly are a bankrupt nation.

Can we hope for nothing more than appeasement and capitulation to the powerful, or do we actually stand for anything?

I appreciate many things you’ve done.

Certainly we are much better off than had your opponent won. I know you are in a tough bind. Welcome to the club.

Things I never imagined — except in science-fiction — have already become “normal” in our country. How has America come to tolerate torture and blatant police brutality? How is it the rich and powerful can break the law at will, while others are punished for doing nothing wrong? What happened to blind Lady Justice and our “rule of law”?

It’s time to get on the right side of history; the human side. Please start by immediately doing what is right to stop supporting the bloodshed in Egypt.

Tom Dorsey

Santa Margarita