Reader letters, Dec. 2

Nov 29, 2013

Americans fear their government

To the editor:

Our country has now reached a place in it’s history that has only occurred once before in it’s 237 years.

With Benghazi, fast and furious, the IRS, the NSA, Obamacare and a president that has no qualms about outright lying to the American public for personal political gain: We now have a populous that rightly fears the government.

I believe the only other time in history that any number of American citizens feared the government was immediately before the civil war.

Are we ready to turn over the few remaining rights we were guaranteed by our Constitution?

Inch by inch, day by day, we are slowly beginning to smell like a banana republic led by a clone of Hugo Chavez.

Then, with our current political environment, I thought I had seen the height of hypocrisy. I was very wrong.

A few years ago, as I was touring the Vatican and their museum, I could not have been more offended by the incalculable wealth represented by wall to wall priceless art and gold appointments.

A great deal of the assets of the Vatican were extracted from some of the poorest people on the planet in South and Central America, as well as their assistance to many of the Nazis, providing them ways to disappear to South America in exchange for stolen artwork during WWII.

There are rumors of retired nuns literally starving while the occupants of the Vatican enjoy the life afforded them in the wealthiest country in the world.

Just yesterday, the Pope issued an 84 page condemnation of capitalism and criticizing the wealthy for not redistributing their wealth. This is truly the most hypocritical thing I have ever seen.

Bruce Gardner

Waynesville