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Citizens need to get involved

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 I recently attended a Spending Revolt rally on the lawn of the Hillsville courthouse, a perfect site for such a rally.

The historic courthouse, Main Street Hillsville, small business owners, citizens gathering, simple symbols of America’s promise of a free and just society, an opportunistic society.

Sadly the promises and the opportunities that go along with America’s promise are being eroded by an ever‑intrusive government mounting ever‑increasing debt on the people.

This was not a political rally, as there were no candidates and no endorsements of candidates. ‘This was a public meeting of patriotic citizens concerned over the deterioration of the American dream.

We citizens must become fully informed and must be fully engaged with our government if we want to keep America’s promise for future generations.

“The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progress through the following sequence:

“From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back to bondage.” From Alexander Tyler, Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh.

The above was penned in 1787 at about the time the original 13 states adopted the Constitution after 11 years of fighting for independence.

Eerie how one can track the 223 years of our democracy through this progression.

It seems that even our elected officials have become complacent and apathetic. To leave their appointed tasks unfinished and to leave the people uncertain at this time of great difficulty is truly an arrogant, selfish and unconscionable act.

Where do you think our country is in this sequence? Is it time to get involved?

Michael E. Stevens

Galax