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Vote for our future

Published on -8/3/2014, 11:42 AM

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Vote for our future

Our forefathers created a system of government unlike any the world had seen at the time. It was based not on oppressive monarchs and kings. It was and continues to be based on freedom and responsibility of each and every citizen. This freedom and responsibility is being threatened almost daily by a form of government today that has changed from the time of our forefathers.

The Bible in Mark chapter two says, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Now substitute the word government for Sabbath, and you will understand perhaps where our forefathers were heading when they created our form of government. Government is to serve its citizenry, not the other way around.

Our government in recent years has been good at mandating various programs that threaten to take away choices we have taken for granted. We now have such programs as the HHS mandate, which essentially says we are to get and accept only these specific services in our health care, whether we oppose those things or not based on our personal views. Holding such a position on this or any issue that is contrary to what our government, or the current culture define as the "standard" can result in criticisms or worse, investigations by the media, the courts, or any number of an alphabet soup list of bureaucracies.

When we as a society do not stand up and realize our freedoms and responsibilities as citizens are being taken away, then we will lose them. If muscles are not used on a person, they become atrophied and wither away. If we do not stand up and say no more to our government through the power of the ballot box and vote, then our freedoms also will atrophy and wither away.

In Kansas, we the citizens have an opportunity Tuesday to begin a change away from an essentially out of control government. You as a citizen have the right to vote. Use it.

Our forefathers on July 4, 1776, did not risk all they had to have a silent majority of the citizens sit back and let someone else do the hard lifting. Vote on Tuesday in the primary election. Vote again Nov. 4 in the general election.

Your vote will ensure this and future Fourth of July days will continue to be celebrations of freedom and individual liberties for everyone.

David Gittrich,

Wichita

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