Michael Morin’s April 8 letter struck a chord with me, despite our disagreement on guns. I also disagree with his bias against corporate money in politics. It is selective in the extreme, as leftist groups spend millions bribing politicians in amounts that would make most CEOs blush.
However, Morin’s point that “When citizens fail to batter down our representatives’ doors and tie up their phone lines in protest, our freedoms will be eroded ” is spot on and an area in which he and I can agree.
James Madison wrote in The Federalist 51:
“If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary ... A dependence on the people is, no doubt, the primary control on the government; but experience has taught mankind the necessity of auxiliary precautions.”
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To Mr. Morin’s point, the “people” (both Republican and Democratic) have not fulfilled their responsibilities as citizens, allowing money to usurp their control on government for all manner of special interest. Consequently, the government is too powerful, out of touch and out of control.
I think Madison would have considered gun ownership an auxiliary precaution.