Letters to the Editor

No one predestined to govern America

Recently, I watched Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip of Great Britain regally descending a flight of stairs, which reminded me of a similar scene of a former president and first lady in Texas. The similarities were striking.

Today, the Republican national convention seems to have presented the public with another wealthy candidate, along with the endorsement of that political dynasty in Texas.

Hereditary tentacles extending from Michigan to Massachusetts, Massachusetts to California, Texas to Florida and Tennessee, are beginning to threaten our republic.

Massachusetts, with its iconic universities, was recently governed by a wealthy carpetbagger, implying Massachusetts's citizens are incapable of governing themselves.

Before the birth of our nation, questions arose concerning our system of government, monarchy or republic?

An immigrant from England, Thomas Paine, wrote a pamphlet called "Common Sense" in defense of a republic. An excerpt: "For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have a right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and though himself might deserve some decent degree of honors of his contemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them. Men, soon grow insolent, selected from the rest of mankind, their minds are early poisoned by importance; and the world they act in differs so materially from the world at large, that they have but little opportunity of knowing its true interests."

The pamphlet, as a reminder for future generations, should be required reading in public schools.

Robert Pielli

Hilton Head Island