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October 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM

State of the union

Liberty and chaos

Some see America as a temple to enlighten the world: “The brightest light in the sky.”

Others see it as a tool to dominate the less-well-armed: “The biggest dog in the yard.”

Some see America as a place where the government guarantees freedom and opportunity to all.

Others see it as a steppingstone to self-enrichment and personal wealth.

Some believe the Constitution, and the courage defend it, are all the “Homeland Security” we need.

Others believe “Homeland Security” means unlimited surveillance: “A camera at every crossroad.” “Let no wire go untapped.” “Create a national ID card.” “Build a fence.”

The last three decades have seen some huge changes in the heart and soul of this nation.

Some cheer. Others weep.

Some believe dissent is liberty. Others see it as rebellion.

Some believe both: “Liberty” is borne on the battle between “chaos” and “doctrine.”

The victory of either will be Liberty’s demise.

The question in this election is not: “What kind of America do we want?”

The question is: “What kind of Americans will we be when we get it?”

Define “Liberty” and you define “America.”

— James Moffat, Lynnwood

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