Rather die than lose freedom

Published 5:32 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Editor, The Smithfield Times:

During my reading of the letters to the editor in last week’s edition, I read a letter about “white privilege” (“White privilege is unconscious”). I do not and will not buy into this concept of being blamed for ethnic groups feeling sorry for themselves and wanting me to give them reparations because of the conditions their ancestors lived in.

I worked hard in my life to rise above the squalid conditions of my youth. I joined the military at a young age to get a better life. Those that try to improve don’t need “privileges”; they earn it and get it.

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Black Lives Matter has become an organization to cover total anarchy for a select group that does not care about color, slavery or rights of the people. They want control, whatever they need to do. Look at Minneapolis, Portland, Seattle, New York City, Atlanta, Houston, Chicago and Kansas City.

This core group has incited the masses to do their work, and the government officials in those cities and states have bought into the BLM political beliefs. Now, they demand the federal government “grant” them money to rebuild the destruction they caused.

You have seen praise for criminals and encouragement to continue these violent acts of destruction. They want the police to be defunded and done away with, which will automatically cause chaos and anarchy.

Am I a Democrat or Republican? I lean to being Republican at the polls. But I honestly believe in law and order. If there are bad apples in the barrel, then root them out and get rid of them, not dump the whole barrel.

Beginning in the 1960s, this socialist view began to be taught in colleges. It has spread throughout our society and you see the results every day on TV. We are on the verge of moving from people with individual rights to what is best for the overall group — in other words, “communism.” It has taken the socialists 60 years to get this far.

At the present speed, in 25 years, you will not have the Bill of Rights in the Constitution — or the constitution, for that matter. You won’t have the police as you know them; you will have enforcement of the dictates by whoever is in control. The average young person in the U.S. does not have the slightest clue as to what it is like to live in a dictated society where rewards are passed out not for effort but for appeasement of the masses.

For me it is probably a good thing that I am elderly and in the last few years of my life. I would rather die than see this great country submit to a less free way of life. What you read here is not my opinion, it is my belief.


Ray Baxter