Letters to the Editor

Civiello letter: Socialism

After watching the RNC and DNC conventions I needed something to decompress from all the boasting, half-facts, outright lies and the canonization of the candidates. I didn’t think anyone could promise to accomplish so much, unless, of course, they had delusions of grandeur, were a legend in their own mind, allowed themselves to lie (which people accept) and were working with OPM. To escape this self-aggrandizement I read “Insane City” by Dave Barry. It has more reality than either candidate’s promises.

But I was intrigued by President Obama’s charge to the people — to make change you will need to get involved at every level of government (community activism). That is exactly what happened to rural Vermont in the ’60s and ’70s. The community activists got involved, took over Vermont, and the USA wound up with avowed socialist Bernie Sanders. Now the younger citizens feel they are entitled to free college tuition ($360-750 billion) along with lifetime protections of every kind to be provided by the government. Anything and everything is a “right.”

To quote Alexis de Tocqueville: “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”

Michael Civiello, Boise