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The right to vote is our salvation

Published: Thu, July 25, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

The right to vote is our salvation

The Second Amendment will not save us from tyranny, the vote will. Every attempt at revolution to this date in the world has led to more tyranny, not less [see French or Russian Revolutions]. We can change our government at the ballet box. We don’t need to gun down anyone. We only need to vote them out of office.

So what we better start protecting is our right to vote, which is under attack in almost every Republican controlled state house. If we don’t see this as more of a threat to democracy than making us register our guns, then we are lost. Remember more than one freedom is given to us in the Constitution.

The framers put the most important of these in the First Amendment: Freedom of religion, speech, and the press, rights of assembly and petition.

These freedoms are under attack on all fronts. When people assemble to petition government they are pepper-sprayed with little or no outrage by anyone. When people report on government wrongdoing to the press they and the reporters are threatened with jail. Government officials openly advocate that their religion be imposed on everyone, without a loud cry from the public or the press. As for free speech, everything you say will be recorded and used against you. We better all start fighting — at the polls — for these rights or we will lose them. If these freedoms are lost, no amount of gun play will ever get them back.

Paul D Shanabarger, New Springfield


1redeye1(5107 comments)posted 2 years ago

Paul I totally agree with your letter . But a lot of people think the last election was FIXED and so they have become very leery about voting. But I myself , I would like to see all INCUMBENTS who will be running in the next election thrown out of office in the next election.. From the federal Gov't down to the municipal gov"t Throw them all out!!!!!!!!!

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2chuck_carney(499 comments)posted 2 years ago

Paul, Lest you forget the greatest revolution of all, the American Revolution where militiamen beat the tyranny of the King by their strong belief in individual rights including the right to bear arms against the Crown.

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3Alexinytown(246 comments)posted 2 years ago

So does someone care to explain how in particular this gentleman's right to vote is being infringed upon? Seriously, this letter is all over the place and he is being accusatory to Republicans in particular?

Apparently someone is not aware how the federal government, led by President Obama, tried to force Catholic institutions into honoring laws that went against their religious beliefs. If Mr. Shanabarger would be so kind as to point out which Republican tried to infringe upon those religious beliefs, it would be welcome.

Or maybe he would like to comment on how the IRS was used as a political tool to go after opponents that were exercising their right to free speech when conservative groups were specifically targeted for audits while their liberal counterparts got a free pass.

Or maybe he would like to comment on freedom of the press or lack thereof when the AP had their phones tapped by the Justice Department or when Attorney General Eric Holder lied about having knowledge of the warrant against FOX News analyst James Rosen when in fact his signature was on the warrant itself.

The only person threatened with jail time for reporting government wrong doing to the press was Edward Snowden reporting on the government surveillance at the NSA, and it is Obama that is trying to get him, not the Republicans as this writer alludes to.

Yes, Republicans are definitely the problem in 2013, because they must be responsible for all of these blunders. Obama may be in charge of the White House and all the agencies that fall under him, but who knew it was the Republicans all along that really controlled things.

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4Woody(469 comments)posted 1 year, 12 months ago


The gun can be used to protect the vote.

I would google Battle for Athens (McGinn County Georgia).

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