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Letter: Incomplete history

James Kellogg, thank you for the American Civics 101. It is a sad state of affairs when we have to suffer this subject lacking in our underfunded schools, given in a thousand op-ed columns by someone using it to profess his own agenda.

Point one, free and open elections of U.S. senators didn’t make them agents of the federal government but people selected by the electorate in said state. It took the post out of the cronyism of legislator appointments and made them truly representative of their constituents. One vote one man. Something that reeks of independence.

I know this: Anything in Washington is an “agent” (of evil) undermining states’ rights, comes from the Timothy McVeigh and Randy Weaver schools of big government (having spent much time with this protofaction of the fathers of the tea party, on account of family constantly diving into that religion, in the ‘90s) so if you wish to teach us, please reference sources.

Next, the expansion of the federal government didn’t come from out of the method man has used for millennia — taxation — but industrialization’s demand for functional infrastructure, much of which was industries of mechanized defense.

Also, this wasn’t our first encounter with centralized banking. A president they called Old Hickory challenged the edifice mostly Eastern business interests created. So there are ebbs and flow in one direction or another that your abridged version of history fails to take into account. Such as conservatives present a three-decade long flirtation with the economics of neoliberalism that caused true fiscal conservative to flee the party of Reaganomics, creating your Weavers and McVeighs, and the form of anti-government you are preaching as if whole tome of multifaceted American history.

James, your Constitution class lacks one defining element also not present in those mid-90s backwoods constitutional classrooms. With all their dedicated research, they omit that the Constitution is a flexible, living document that changes with the times.

Eric Olander
Glenwood Springs

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