Letters (August 16, 2017)

Respect the right of self-government

Yes, democracy may be the best system in the present world, but there’s got to be a better way.

How do we define democracy? Does it mean that we are a part of the whole, and where everyone is dependent on another? That leads to less and less workers and more and more consumers. Consumption is self-evident. It eats itself up.

Look at what we have become as a nation. Does democracy give us self-government? The common law commands that a man provide for himself and his household. How do we survive if we all are dependent on another?

In forming a nation of free people, was the intent to have a strong central government? To rule over its people? To create a nation of consumers and self-indulgent people who are dependent on it? At the same time, to discredit the small group that provides their food, shelter and clothing, to look at them as polluters, inhumane, etc.?

Are we not to be a nation above all others in which people are free to govern and provide for ourselves? Isn’t it right and honorable to be responsible and have respect onto ourselves? To consume and indulge is to self-destruct.

A true leader respects the right to self-government, and does not take that right away for its own indulgence and power. How is it that we have allowed our government to take it away?

In regard to John Schlageck’s article about farmers’ relationship to consumers, one might say if there are no consumers, we as producers lose. I say how does the producer survive if he lives at the expense of the consumer? Because consumers grow and we decline. So for both to survive, the producer has to have the freedom to produce. As free people, prosperity comes through each providing for himself.

Contrary to what ag industry leaders and activists would want us to believe, consumers in general aren’t concerned about how their food is raised. Look at how few people go to our local farmers markets.

As Schlageck said, Americans believe that farmers know how to successfully raise livestock and grow grain for their consumption. They don’t even care how it is processed. They just want it to be there for them in abundance when they go to the supermarket.

Jerry Plett

Lincolnville