Letter to the Editor: We must limit size, power of government


Gloria Rickel, of Front Royal, writing in support of candidate April Moore, tells us “every patriotic American should be worried about the bribery and corruption in our government” and “the outrageous price of holding public office.”

Indeed. That price has risen to outrageous levels because of the size and power of government at all levels — federal, state, and local. Money always follows power.

Reducing or eliminating corruption and bribery in office will require us to drastically limit the size and power of government. There is no other way.

Scaling back government to Constitutional limits will hurt a lot of people. Many otherwise unemployable civil servants will be thrown out of work. It won’t be easy at all, and will take years to recover. But it must be done if we are to survive as a free nation.

Over the past few decades, we the people have become addicted to government — to the idea that “experts” and “professionals” are more qualified to make the decisions that affect our lives than we ourselves are. And as any junkie will tell you, breaking a long-term addiction is painful, even life-threatening — but it is necessary for survival.

David Malbuff, Strasburg