Saturday, April 28, 2007

Letter in response to Ted Celeste

Dear Editor:

In his April 28 letter, "A Little civility in society will go a long way," State Representative Ted Celeste asks Ohioans to show more civility - especially with regard to debates on public policy.

What Celeste fails to mention is that there have always been, and will always be, impassioned arguments over the uncivil desire of some to tax others. Celeste wants more dollars from my wallet to spend on projects and programs that benefit those who support him. Why should I remain civil, and simply smile and agree to Celeste's goals?

Our great nation was founded by those who rebelled against political figures who continued imposing "Taxes on us without our Consent."[1] Of course, our Rebellion was an uncivil act in the eyes of some. Yet, our Rebellion was a very worthy and noble act in support of Liberty.

Sorry, Celeste, the "long train of abuses and usurpations"[2] that you propose do not deserve a civil response. Instead, your proposed goals deserve a renewed patriotic response; a response that you will certainly consider uncivil. Yet a response that is historically correct indeed.


Notes:

1. Declaration of Independence

2. Ibid.

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