Writer was un-American


Published: Friday, January 12, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 11, 2007 at 11:46 p.m.
On Friday, 5 January, The Sun published a Speaking Out by Kal Rosenberg titled "Loyalty oath is simply un-American." Rosenberg's praise of County Commissioners Paula DeLaney and Mike Byerly puts him in the same category - un-American.
Of course, the very document that he (and the commissioners) refuse to support and defend, protects their right to decline the oath of allegiance. I have to ask, why would any American not promise to support and defend the Constitution of the United States? This is the document that forms our government, that proscribes the rights and duties of all our citizens. It is the reason DeLaney and Byerly are free to be members of the commission and Rosenberg is free to write.
Since its inception many of our citizens have died to protect and defend the Constitution. If these fine citizens decline to support this instrument of government, then to what do they pay allegiance? The almighty dollar? Developers? Surely not the rights of the average citizen who, unlike them, supports it.
We all are free to agree or disagree with our government, to vote for who we please and live our lives in freedom and security - all because of our Constitution. I am going to exercise one of those rights next election day.

Richard F. Coleman,

Gainesville

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