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Real threat to freedom is apathy in population

July 14, 2012 at 2:14 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

The stability of a republic such as ours is directly proportional to the character and awareness of its people. That is the heart of a recent article in a Prague newspaper, "Prager Zeitungon." It reads as follows:

"The danger to America is not necessarily Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It may be easier to limit or reduce the damage he has done than to restore the necessary common sense and principles to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president."

"The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast number of fools that made him their prince. The Republic might be able to survive a Barack Obama, but it is less likely to survive the multitudes of misguided people who made him their president."

It is ironic that someone in the Czech Republic understands the tenuous state of our freedom better than many of us do. It underscores how apathetic and delusional we have become as a nation.

Coincidentally, it takes someone living in a country that had lost its freedom, and regained it, to recognize and have a clear comprehension of our impending road toward self-destruction.

Will we have to lose the few remaining freedoms we have left before we wake up? Will there be enough enlightened voters this November to right the wrongs? Or will we go down in the annals of history as did the Greek and Roman empires?

Jerry Janak, Hallettsville

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