A Sadly Changed Country

Back in the 1970’s a man wrote a letter to the editor of the Palm Beach Post. I though that I should share it with you. Hear Hear!


By the mercy of God my grandfather is dead.

He would not recognize today the country he loved.   He would never have believed that his country would be controlled by a small group of socialist judges.  Nor would he have believed that ten percent of the population[i] would be on welfare, and another ten percent on the public payroll.[ii]

You would never convince him that in the 1970’s our children would be used as pawns in quasi legal power struggle to socialize our nation. He would have been apoplectic at their being bused from one city to another at the whim of some judge against their wishes, with little thought to their safety.  If his children had been endangered in school riots and the school could not, or would not, insure their safety he would have kept them home.

If you had suggested to him that he could not legally defend his home and family with a gun he would have suggested to you that you should try to harm his family or take his gun.  Without this right there would be no United States today.

I can just imagine some government agent trying to take 35 or 40 percent of his income for taxes.[iii]  They would have needed a gun.  And any judge that told him he could not play or sing “Dixie” or any other song would have been tarred and feathered, then placed in a mental institution.

He would have been horrified to hear that children could no longer intone the Lord’s Prayer in school, or that some children would not participate in The Pledge of Allegiance.  In his day the prayer and pledge were so important that anyone not participating was shortly convinced that perhaps they would be happier in another country.

My grandfather would have told you that a man is entitled to only what he earns.  If he accepted more he was a parasite, that a crooked politician was a traitor, and that the Constitution only guaranteed the PURSUIT of happiness.[iv] If you didn’t catch it you weren’t running fast enough and you couldn’t expect your fellow man to carry you on his back.

By the mercy of God my grandfather did not live to see the wreckage that was once the United State of America, the land he loved with all his being.

A.A. CORLEY, West Palm Beach

[i] 21% as of 2015

[ii] 14.5% as of 1999

[iii] The Bureau of labor statistics estimated 24% of income is average amount paid in taxes for income, Social Security, and Medicare in 2017.  This did not include the sales tax that is paid every day, or property taxes, or vehicle taxes.

[iv] The Declaration, actually, but apples of gold in pictures of silver…

About Louis William Rose

“I am an advocate for Liberty. What I do for Liberty I do not do for profit or fame. I seek no office other than the office of parliamentarian, and no reward other than for myself and my fellow men and women to live in a free country.” Louis William Rose is a lifelong student of parliamentary procedure and political process. He has served as parliamentarian for various organizations. A political philosopher, poet, singer, and writer, his articles have been published on-line and in pro-liberty papers in Florida, Kentucky, Georgia, and Montana. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of North Florida, graduating summa cum laude in 2004, with an additional two years of graduate work in political philosophy. Mr. Rose is an outspoken supporter of the basic rights of man, especially freedom of speech, association, religion, individual rights to personal defense and property, and of republican, constitutional forms of government. He is married to the lovely Jamy Sue Rose, an award winning nature photographer and a Florida Master Naturalist and guide. He has two sons, Edward, a hydroponic farmer in the panhandle of Florida, and Alexander, a successful real estate developer.
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