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Booker T. Washington, the African-American statesmen born in slavery who eventually becoming adviser to presidents, observed “You cannot make a lie a truth, a bad a good or a wrong a right by majority consensus.” Or, I might add, by stating grand assertions formed from, at best, marginal proofs

These things, however, are truths; throughout all of human history, no matter what forms governance takes, there have always been the rich and the poor. And the middle class has always pondered whom they were actually working for, the rich, the poor or themselves.

The politics of the last couple of years, including the last election, has done little to clarify this confusion. Instead we see socialism spreading through the country. As if it has been so successful anywhere else that having it in our City Council seems “progressive.” And oppressive partisan violence, allowed to run unchecked in the streets of Portland, has now spread here to Corvallis (check CVANTIFA online).

Let us be thankful that the founders of this country had the foresight to write down our freedoms and basic human rights, rights that are ours by grace of existence, not by determination of the present or future government.

The struggle for the human condition is not between the rich and poor but rather between oppressors and those who seek not to be oppressed either morally, politically, economically or by bigotries.

These truths cannot be made lies, because they are self-evident.

Ronald Garnett

Corvallis (Nov. 21)

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