The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

April 8, 2013

Your View: Power struggle

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — On March 21, George Will commented on the increasing practice of presidents to unilaterally wage war. This is a symptom of the struggle for power within our governmental system.

Since President Bill Clinton, the practice has developed of replacing the title president with that of commander in chief, which is the English rendition of “emperor.” The speaker of the House of Representatives continues to take on the trappings of prime minister, with special treatment and assumption of authority. The Supreme Court has assumed the authority of overruling the Constitution. This replaces the Constitution with the decrees of judges. The federal government continually encroaches on the rights of the states and the people. Some of these areas are education, voting and the right to bear arms.

England has gone through this struggle. The tyranny of Charles I was replaced with the tyranny of Oliver Cromwell. We can only be thankful that our divided government has so far staved off tyranny. But a system is not better than the people.

The decree of a judge that the concept of intelligent design may not be taught in our schools is an example of the tendency to establish control. If dissenting voices cannot be heard, then it is easier to maintain power. I remember when young civil servants were excited about repealing the law preventing government workers from being active in politics. They were unaware that this law was enacted to protect their jobs and eliminate the spoils systems.

Donald E. Corder

Baxter Springs, Kan.

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  • Your View: ‘Right to Farm’ is wrong

    On Aug. 5, voters will be asked to make a decision about Amendment 1.

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  • Your View: No on Amendment 7

    The Missouri Department of Transportation is wanting more money through a three-quarter-cent addition to the sales tax. Consider one example of how it spends your money.

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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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  • Other Views Other Views: Symptom of bad policy

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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