Our forefathers created a system of government unlike any that the world had seen at the time. It was based not on oppressive monarchs, and kings. It was and continues to be based on freedom and responsibility of each and every citizen. This freedom and responsibility is being threatened almost daily by a form of government today that has changed from the time of our forefathers.

The Bible in Mark Chapter Two says, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath." Now substitute the word government for Sabbath and you will understand perhaps where our forefathers were heading when they created our form of government. Government is to serve its citizenry, not the other way around.

Our government in recent years has been good at mandating various programs that threaten to take away choices that we have taken for granted. We now have such programs as the HHS mandate, which essentially says that we are to get and accept only these specific services in our health care whether we oppose those things or not based on our personal views. Holding such a position on this or any issue that is contrary to what our government, or the current culture define as the "standard" can result in criticisms or worse, investigations by the media, the courts, or any number of an alphabet soup list of bureaucracies.

When we as a society do not stand up and realize that our freedoms and responsibilities as citizens are being taken away, then we will lose them. If muscles are not used on a person, they become atrophied and wither away. If we do not stand up and say no more to our government through the power of the ballot box and vote; then our freedoms will also atrophy and wither away.

In Kansas, we the citizens have an opportunity on August 5thi to begin a change away from an essentially out of control government. You as a citizen have the right to vote. Use it. Our forefathers on July 4th 1776 did not risk all they had to have a silent majority of the citizens sit back and let someone else do the hard lifting. Vote on August 5 in the primary election. Vote again on November 4th in the general election.

— David Gittrich,  Wichita