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Vail Daily letter: Need a few more tea parties

Fredric Butler
Vail, CO, Colorado
newsroom@vaildaily.com

“(It’s) very clear that peoples are strong when they are moral in the sense that the good of the group or the nation takes precedence over the selfish good of the individual. And we know from many examples of the past that when this is reversed and the individual raids the public good for his own purposes, the laws of decay have set in. In short, a nation comprised of a group of individuals governed by a common morality is stronger than an agglomeration of atomistic individuals acting solely for their own benefit.” (John Steinbeck, 1960.)

There is big medicine in the statement that “a nation comprised of a group of individuals governed by a common morality is stronger ….” The various Indian nations survived for thousands of years under this precept until their common morality succumbed to the greed of aliens from far away places.

The latter did foment a charter to memorialize a common morality, and that was the Constitution of the United States.



But with the “selfish good” of individuals such as the gold miners, the homesteaders, the railroaders, the farmers/ranchers et al, the laws of decay had its beginnings in the latter part of the 18th century.

Now the end-game is in sight, owing to the efforts of an agglomeration (as Steinbeck put it) seeking to impose its morality upon the rest of us. We call that a trust arrangement between members of Congress, the executive branch and vested interests of individuals the likes of corporate CEOs and the principals of other lobbyists.



The majority of Americans have lost touch with their endemic morality by the intrusion of government in general, and its incessant drive for power and wealth at the “ruling class” level.

Rather than public servitude that facilitates the good nature of the historical American, we have the caretaker omnipotence of government that leeches out the individualism and Judeo/Christian morality of today’s rendition of that nationality: “America is not a Christian nation ….” (Obama , 2009.)

For those Americans that are still in touch with their better nature and core values, the rule of law has meaning and substance — quite different than the rule on the Potomac. A few more tea parties would go far to return us to our common morality.



Fredric Butler


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