Letter - Socialism holds many meaningsPastor Knappen has written letters injecting religion into government. What he is promoting is a form of government called theocracy. Theocracy is defined as “government of a state by priests or ministers as representatives of God.”
To the editor:
Pastor Knappen has written letters injecting religion into government. What he is promoting is a form of government called theocracy. Theocracy is defined as “government of a state by priests or ministers as representatives of God.”
Does Pastor Knappen seriously think he knows more about government than Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin and the rest of our founding fathers who wrote the Constitution?
What makes him think a Baptist theocracy would be installed? It might be Catholic, Mormon, or even Southern Baptist. There are only a few theocracies left in the world, such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
For a theocracy to survive, the people must be kept uneducated and ignorant. This is becoming harder to do because of technological advances such as the Internet and the cell phone. Recent events in Iran are a good example of the decline of theocracy.
Pastor Knappen condemns the actions of the Democratic administration as socialist. A more accurate description would be “government intervention.” What is socialist to one person is charity to another, such as health care. What is socialist to one person is economic development to another, such as the stimulus package.
Does the good pastor seriously believe that America can be a world-class country without being able to build a car, have decent health care or have a banking system? The goal of the stimulus package is not for long-term government ownership, but to fix the problem and return to private ownership.
For every example of failed socialism, such as the Pilgrim gardens cited, there are many examples of successful government intervention (socialism), such as the American railroads of the 1850s or the airports of the more modern era.
Let’s work together to solve the problems created by the Bush administration’s faith-based government, and stop calling names.