Where real power lies

Knowledge is a powerful motivator. The precepts thought of and known to such humanists as John Locke, Thomas Hobbes and John Stuart Mill should be part of the knowledge instilled in students of American public schools. It is valueless, for example, to teach students golf but not cursive writing.

One forgotten philosopher who should be studied by American students is Sir Thomas More, advisor to Henry VIII. More believed that “genuine and legitimate power” does not come from above (the divine) but from below – the community that is governed. Society functions as it should, according to More, when the government acts in harmony with the people.

The parliament of whores in Washington, D.C., and the American people have forgotten the concept and failed in their respective responsibilities.

It is up to a few intelligent and well-versed American citizens to attempt to redress the failure of the system. Those with the best educations and best critical thinking skills are those who will have to sacrifice so democracy in the United States does not remain in chaos.

Victoria E. Antonacci

North Augusta, S.C.

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