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by Ken Bylund


May 11, 2009

Mr. Hanger, do you believe that defending your political religion with the fervor of Pope Gregory IX is persuasive, or productive? Many, especially non-partisans, non-believers [like me] have had enough of this religious inquisition rhetoric from all sides... leaves a bitter history, all this constant sniping, the compulsive disorder to shout down, accuse, and pitch divisive epithets; peculiar [as it is repulsive], is the tone, that hollow echo of past totalitarianism. My recommendation; provide logical, persuasive arguments for specific concepts, [scientific method] to be studied, tested, and proofed; resist all the blustery energy aimed at destroying the reputations of them who disagree with you [not very scientific]. Listen and think about what skeptics are saying, much of it is justifiable, offer reasonable, constructive alternatives.

I must thank you for recommending reading material on economics; your first letter, where you say anyone who didn't vote with you were racists, or rich bastards [need to work on that]. Found Friedrich A. Hayek -- so eloquent in his The Road to Serfdom; his attempt to warn the western world of problems of nationalism, market socialism, and economic planning. The Definitive Edition edited by Bruce Caldwell, is fascinating, and on page 23 of the intro, John Maynard Keynes had written Hayek that "it was a grand book, and that morally and philosophically I [Keynes] find myself in agreement with virtually the whole of it." Good man!

It is important that them who disagree, speak without being accused of racism, homophobia, and the rest of that quiver of "shut your mouth" intimidation. In case you were going to label me, here's a bit of information; We are all ignorant -- ignorant is having the capacity to understand but not having been exposed to the information -- stupid is not having the capacity to understand the information presented, and -- dumb is, having the capacity to understand, having been exposed to the information... and still doing it wrong. These are not epithets, this is reality, and we all have our limits -- we are, in fact, not equal... except before the law.

Here it is then; those of us who served in the military... are not racists. We lived with and worked, shoulder to shoulder with them who wore the uniform, no one gets more equal than that! Them that say with conviction that anyone who didn't vote for Obama, is a racist... are ignorant, dumb... or in need of psychiatric intervention. We choose our associates mostly on 'like interests and values', perhaps these are exclusivities, but even in the military, if you are a dumb-ass... doesn't matter if you are white, black, brown or purple. Respect is given for what you are, no pretty face gets special treatment when wearing a uniform... doesn't count for squat!

In your last letter, you claim secession is treason; let's look at this [now I'm going to be accused of treason?] -- In the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776... 56 men signed off on the following; --"Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security." -- Good Men!

And yes, these fifty-six men were committing treason of the highest sort. I think of Cambodia, The Killing Fields... and back to Mao Tse Tung, Stalin, Hitler, and Pope Gregory IX, of his Grand Inquisition; totalitarianism is not just old bedtime stories of imaginary boogeymen to keep children docile. Transient evil happens. Corruption collects in all parties and we shouldn't think our Republic is immune to fascism; it can appear quickly to snuff out liberal free market democracies. We need to keep a middle road course and attitude, if we surrender, them aristocrats in control will rule without consent, and we are all slaves. My party -- non affiliated; my religion, Reason -- Buddhist ['Follow neither the satisfaction of your cravings, nor extreme mortification. Lead a moral well-ordered life.' Siddhartha Gautama - no priests!]

Ken Bylund
North Point Higgins
Ketchikan, AK

Received May 11, 2008 - Published May 11, 2009


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