Opinion

May 12, 2014

Letter: Support those who aren’t career politicians

— Government in any form — although a necessary evil — is simply control over individuals like you and me. Our freedoms are being taken from us because we have allowed our many career office holders to nibble them away. America’s founders were brilliant, and subsequent generations intelligent, but bureaucracies created, allowed and expanded by career politicians continue to take our freedoms. Can you and I stop and reverse this trend? Yes!

First, we must recognize that career politicians from all political parties are a danger. History provides ample evidence that power corrupts. Our statesmen founders simply could not visualize anyone’s making a career of public office; therefore, our Constitution leaves us with only the ballot box as our instrument for change. An unused tool has no value, even for the finest craftsman. We, who actually care about our children’s futures, must not only use this tool, but we must use it wisely.

Next, career politicians must be identified. Many who now hold office are poised to be another career politician. These will not interfere with their personal ambitions. You and I must do it for them at the ballot box. In northwest Georgia we have at least two opportunities for curtailing growth of career politicians starting with the May 20 primary.

Two candidates, David Perdue and Ken Herron, have not held elected offices, but both have had responsible and successful business careers, internationally and domestically. Perdue seeks the open U.S. Senate seat, while Herron seeks Georgia’s District 14 congressional seat. May I suggest both are worthy of consideration?

Frank Barnes

Dalton

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