Kerrville Daily Times.
Letters to the editor for Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022
Editor’s note: The 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by Congress on July 2, 1909, and ratified Feb. 3, 1913. It states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”
The 17th Amendment was passed by Congress on May 13, 1912, and ratified April 8, 1913. It governs state representation and terms in the U.S. Senate.
NO COMPROMISE ON CORE VALUES.
Tim Summerlin, in his Dec. 17 editorial, called for political moderation. He lamented, “I do know that in the not-too-distant past, members of Congress of different parties could work together with civility, and that bipartisanship was not viewed as capitulation.”
That was before the Democrat party shed its disguise and came out with guns blazing to force socialism on the American people.
When Democrats call for moderation, bipartisanship and cooperation, it is code for “lets see how far we can push the socialist agenda.” It has been happening for far too long, and many Republicans are still clueless. It happens when they lose or are about to lose power. They never call for moderation or bipartisanship when they are in control.
I agree with much of Summerlin’s moderate tone, but he does not realize how deeply embedded socialism is in the liberal/Democrat psyche or for how long or how destructive it has been and continues to be.
(Former U.S. presidents) Woodrow Wilson and Franklin D. Roosevelt were our first and second socialist presidents, and both did extensive damage to our Constitutional Republic. The New Deal was not only unconstitutional overreach, its policies prolonged the Great Depression by a decade. President Joe Biden, with much of former President Barak Obama’s staff, is enacting Obama’s Marxist third term.
National consensus be damned. If the Constitution does not give the federal government the authority to do something, then the federal government cannot do that. It does not matter what “that” is.
Democrats want to circumvent the limited authority without constitutional amendments, using activist courts, or they will lie about what the amendments mean when they promote them, like they did with the 16th and 17th Amendments.
We will not moderate our desire or our actions to restore our Constitutional Republic and the Democrats show no signs of abandoning socialism.