Tyranny lurks everywhere

Nathan Jolles wrote an interesting letter to the editor (“Distinguish wants, needs,” Oct. 15). Mr. Jolles makes a very good point, but he misses the point entirely.

Our federal government is tyranny run rampant. If you want to see organized crime, go to Washington, D.C. The federal government is the greatest criminal enterprise in history. Whenever the federal government engages in some business not authorized by the Constitution, it is a crime.

In truth, our federal folks deserve a long stretch of incarceration without pay. But we can’t do that. It’s our fault for electing them in the first place, and for not holding their feet to the fire and insisting they obey the Constitution. The Constitution is plain reading. I carry a copy of the Constitution inside the front cover of a book titled Civil Liberty and Civil Rights, by Edwin S. Newman (a book the Augusta-Richmond County Library discarded, to my great boon).

Of course tyranny isn’t limited to government. Whenever any bureaucratic enterprise enjoys absolute power, it becomes corrupt. That’s an absolute truth throughout history. We find tyranny everywhere. Even the Augusta library is run by tyrants.

A year ago I was informed by officials at the library that my privileges had been suspended for a year because of some alleged misdeed on my part. I explained to them that the alleged misdeed never happened, and in any event I was not warned three times – not even once. (Show me a copy of the counseling statement.) “One year,” said the tyrannical bureaucrat in charge of my case. When I returned a year later to have my privileges restored, it apparently never happened. I still cannot use the computer. When I put in my name and number, the computer just says “Access Denied.”

Well, I’m not just being selfish. I need to use a library computer. For the past year I’ve been using the computer at a VA library. But lately they seem to have taken out all but one computer at both the uptown and downtown VA’s libraries. Veterans only get 30 minutes. Well, that doesn’t cut it for me. I use the computer for:

• personal email with family and friends;

• email for business correspondence;

• listening to music;

• applying for employment;

• looking for stuff to buy;

• researching interesting topics;

• reading Astronomy Club of Augusta newsletters;

• writing letters to the editor.

I sometimes need more than 30 minutes. I’m 69 years old, living on Social Security and don’t have a lot of other things to do.

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