Letter: Infringement warrants some extremism
Had our Founding Fathers the attitude Ann Mathers evinced in her letter, (see "Politics at the Columbia County Fair," Aug. 2), we would all still be subjects of the king and queen of England and living under British rule. Which means, actually, we'd all be speaking either German or Japanese, as Western Europe would have fallen to the Axis powers, ending World War II and life as we know it.
Thankfully, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, et. al. saw fit to pledge their lives, fortunes and sacred honor in pursuit of what Mathers refers to as the "rhetoric, divisiveness and distraction of 'poisoning' politics."
Because of this, we Americans have the freedom to gather at county fairs, "to appreciate the commendable accomplishments of adults and those involved with 4-H, and to show pride of accomplishment as a community."
Mathers' letter flies in the face of the late Arizona senator and conservative visionary Barry Goldwater's quote: "Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. Moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue."
With regards to her description of Chris Brumbles' original letter, the defense of all of our constitutionally protected God-given natural rights against government infringement should involve some "extremism" on the part of patriotic Americans. We should be incensed when our elected representatives traitorously attempt to take from us that which we have charged them with safeguarding and protecting, contrary to the oaths to which they have sworn. Rather, that is extremism I leave to the reader.
Fair-goers beat a path to the GOP booth to sign the Gov. Kate Brown recall petition and three others, including the Columbia County Second Amendment petition. Mr. Brumbles made the Columbia County petition more accessible.
If the Columbia County Fair representatives' goal is to serve the residents and visitors to our fair, perhaps they could give a nod to the Founding Fathers and allow for the free exercise of the First Amendment.
Columbia County GOP
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