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March 21, 2013
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Letter: Good leaders protect our rights

Good leaders protect rights

If you know anything about the history of the United States, you know that the founding fathers pledged their lives, property and sacred honor to free this nation.

What does this mean in the 21st century? Recently, a young United States senator, Rand Paul, stood for a 13-hour filibuster. The result was that he did obtain a letter from the attorney general stating that drones would not be used to kill U.S. citizens within the United States. Sen. Paul is not a career politician, yet he was criticized by career politicians for taking up the time of the senate. Still, the real question was ignored. Why was it necessary for Sen. Paul to filibuster to force the attorney general to recognize your rights to due process as defined in the Bill of Rights?

How does this look right here in Douglas County? Our sheriff, John Hanlin, raised here in Douglas County, stood up for the rights of the local citizens. The result was a series of critical letters to the editor in the local newspaper.

Is there a relationship between the above-stated actions? Absolutely. You have a right to due process and trial by jury. You have a right to keep and bear arms. Free citizens are free to bear arms. Free citizens have a right to a trial by jury.

Fortunately, there remain leaders in this country who understand what liberty really is.

Fred A. Dayton Jr.

Roseburg


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