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Here is something to consider on this Independence Day.

About 240 years ago the founders of this country fought a war to free our people from the rule of kings. They established a liberal government based upon the principles of democracy. This is the event we celebrate on the fourth of July.

The revolution was successful, and gave us a government by the people and for the people — at least for the better part of a century. But then some men began to accumulate enormous wealth. Wealth brings with it power, and they used their power to influence government.

Today our government is ruled by new kings. They control what we hear and see in the news. They play money games to increase their wealth and influence. They control business and industry to siphon off more and more wealth from the general population for themselves. They plunder the environment for personal gain, with no concern for the future. They make a mockery of democracy.

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And now the fools among us have anointed one of these kings to be our president.

We have lost the revolution. Hail the new American monarchy!

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Phillip Hays

Corvallis (June 23)

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