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Letter: Public foundation needs strengthening

Thank you to two letter writers: First, thanks to William Medellin, Lt. Col. USAF-Ret. on July 25 for firmly rejecting an intimidating "threat strip" that was put under his windshield wiper by someone who opposes Obama, and suggests that support of our president makes Bill a socialist.

Second, thanks to Lee Purrier on July 4 for supporting government's public services to private citizens and business enterprise. Their concerns for "domestic tranquility" and "the general welfare" are both in the Preamble to our Constitution.

The public is necessary for the private, as George Lakoff and others insist. None of us is his/her own dentist and attorney and cardiologist and minister, all wrapped up into one private person. We all travel on roads we did not build and use airports others built. The social contract obligates all of us to its defense and extension, including the right to state on our car's bumper what presidential candidate we recommend to others. It is not socialism, but Constitutionalism, to support Obama's efforts to strengthen the public as foundation for the Private.

Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was right: "There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody." Our democratic Republic has the moral mission to protect and enable everyone equally. That includes protecting and enabling their rights to be in business, and to vote - without voter ID impediments that target students, minorities, and others who predominantly vote for progressive policies.

Brita Sailer as our State Representative would strengthen the public foundation of the private by carefully balancing the state budget, restoring the Homestead Credit, and renewing state funding to school districts. At the federal level Rick Nolan and Amy Klobuchar likewise propose policy actions to strengthen the public through such legislation as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.

On the other hand: To shrink government and privatize its functions is to replace elected government with unelected corporate governments. Corporate profit then increases while the public's common good shrinks.

We need enough tranquility to support civilized political discourse. We need enough government (through "your taxes at work") to secure the general welfare in such areas as: health, education, energy use, resource protection, and investment in our future.

John G. Gibbs

Park Rapids