We can’t let political correctness erase history

On Monday, July 1, the City Council of Charlottesville, Va., voted to replace the official paid holiday celebrating the birth of Thomas Jefferson with an official paid holiday celebrating slave liberation in the city.

The City Council revoked Jefferson’s holiday during the week of July 4, the American holiday celebrating the Declaration of Independence, which Jefferson drafted. This is more of the insanity of the political correctness movement that is trying to erase our history and rewrite our Constitution to fit the whims of the current majority.

Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was the framework for freedom and self-government — affirming that our inalienable rights come from God — not from a government that is ever-changing. This “rule of law” — not “rule by majority” is the essence of freedom. Jefferson laid the groundwork for freedom, even for those who were slaves at the time. There has never been a perfect moment in time — a nirvana or utopia that we somehow lost and are trying to re-discover. Slavery pre-dated our nation and our founding fathers. Our republic they created is part of an evolutionary process toward freedom for all people. That evolution will continue if we adhere to the rule of law as they created it. Their brilliance should be honored and preserved — not erased from history by the transitory whims of political correctness.

PHIL CHILDERS

Fruita


Columnist should stick to simply misinforming readers

I see that Rick Wagner, the Grand Valley’s own, decided to use the hoary old Thomas Friedman schtick of venturing down from his ivory tower to talk to out-of-state lesser folk such as “cable television installers, roofers, and plumbers” in his July 3 column in the Sentinel (although Friedman usually sticks to Cairo, Peshawar, and Kandahar taxi-cab drivers to introduce his own thoughts on whatever matter piques his interest at the time).

Perhaps Wagner sees himself as more of a David Brooksian “intellectual,” carousing at the non-existent Applebee’s salad bar to discover that the common folk agree with him on his topic of the day rather than whatever strawman he is posting up for the beat-down.

C’mon, Rick, just come out and spread your usual right-wing disinformation without trying to trick your readers with Friedman-Brooks “stoop to conquer” tactics. The next thing you know, you’ll write a Bret Stephens-George Will-David Brooks style column sadly telling Democratic candidates that you won’t be able to vote for them unless they start adopting Republican policies. Oh, wait, that’s next week’s column, isn’t it?

STUART JONES

Grand Junction


Presidency should be more than a popularity contest

I believe the arguments for the National Popular Vote movement to be misguided. Proponents say that every individual, regardless of state line, should have a single vote and that a plurality of votes counted nationwide should elect the president; sort of the way we vote for a class president, which is essentially a popularity contest.

Further support for the NPV says that the current system is archaic and out of date, much like a floppy disk is today. I’m sorry, but principles such as federalism and individual statehood do not become obsolete like floppy disks but stand through time as indelible principles that resist the negative impacts of popularism. Ironically, proponents of the NPV resist a popular Colorado vote to institute a National Popular Vote. Just think about it. Why do all states have two senators, regardless of population? States have both equal (Senate), and population derived (House of Representatives and president) representation in the federal government. It’s designed to protect the distinction among states (Federalism) from an overbearing central government. The state of Colorado must ensure that its interests are represented in the president, and not abdicated to the whims of national popularism. If you believe in the NPV, why not call it the United State (singular) of America, because that is what you’re advocating. I’m ecstatic that Colorado provides a distinct and unique option to live over any other state, as I assume most Coloradans are. Let’s keep it that way. No to the popular vote movement.

CODY DAVIS

Grand Junction


Point out a past mistake and you’ll be labeled as unpatriotic

Sean Goodbody makes one serious assumption in his recent column. He believes that pointing out past wrongs committed by the U.S. will encourage citizens to want to avoid repeating the same mistakes in the future. From my experience, those on the right will ignore the evidence in front of their faces. Instead, they will accuse those of acknowledging past wrongs as being haters of the U.S. and only out to create disruption.

I agree with his position but, brother, you are preaching to the choir. Sometimes you need to do the right thing regardless of the opposition.

By the way, where are all the evangelicals? Christ took up the cause of the poor and abused.

DANIEL HARRIS

Fruita

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