Response To "World Government"
By Bob Caldwell
January 09, 2006
A world government as described by Bob and Miriam Harmon would
be a wonderful thing. If all the people of the world would
live in peace with each other, sharing the bounty of nature and
their particular homeland with no wars it would be a terrific
culmination of world history so far. Problem is it will
probably never happen. Human nature has not changed.
Some people, maybe a minority of people, are greedy for power
and wealth and they find followers appealing to nationalism,
tribalism, religious zeal or just to plain old greed. Those
people strive to take more than their share of nature's
Wouldn't it be great if we
could eliminate all spending on police and prisons and jails
and use that money to help the truly needy? Great idea
but does anyone really see it happening? The Harmons' ideal
world is a pollyannish view that just can't happen which is too
bad but we have to protect our families and our own nation, the
United States which for all its faults is closer to the Harmons
ideal than any other kind of government in the history of mankind.
I have been reading your Opinion Section for more than two years
and I applaud you for being so fair in publishing all viewpoints
and I have tried to be openminded as a young person myself in
evaluating the various ideas and philosophies of your contributors.
I wish the Harmons were correct. Unfortunately Mark. Neckameyer
and the others who counsel a strong defense are more practical
and are more correct.
My own ancestors lived in the British Isles and were farmers
who had to defend themselves against Viking raiders who wanted
to take away the goods and crops my forebears had earned through
hard work. It is no different today. Right here in
the US we have have built a prosperous society through the hard
work of many immigrants to this nation and because of our free,
capitalistic system. We must protect what we have from
today's equivalent of the Vikings. We should improve the
world by converting others to our system but we have to remain
strong and free.
Thank you Americans in the armed forces today and thank you to
those who served in the past. Thank you for everything
we have and for our freedom and prosperity. Mark Neckameyer
and his family, being in wars every generation, are representative
and typical of the individuals who have made us free and safe.
If we are not willing to fight and sacrifice we will not be free
Portland, OR - USA
About: Bob Caldwell is
an accountant. He graduated from Oregon State U. four years ago.
Caldwell writes, "I have been reading your newsletter for
a couple of years, ever since my bride and I took a cruise on
Holland America and fell in love with everything Alaska and Ketchikan.
You are so fortunate to live in "God's Country"!
Government By Bob and Miriam Harmon - Juneau, AK - USA
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