Editor:

Power, obsession and confusion about sovereignty and where it is supposed to reside in our America is most likely at the heart of no respect and out-of-control brutality — deadly of late — Americans suffer more and more at the heartless hands of police/government. Power as force and extreme to the point of being insane and mindless, as well as heartless, founded upon false notions that in America government owns people, the individual and even sovereignty.

But the 1776 Founders revolted and won to get America out from under all such domineering government. Government to live with, instead of under, is what we were bequeathed and the new form of good government belonging to the people/the individuals as the actual rightful sovereign. Not to monarchy-type domineering power, and such brutish, stupidly cruel evil force. Devoid of respect.

One exception. Unlike now common “police” — or government — brutality (against Rawls also), on the rise, the Arizona Highway Patrol has my high esteem. Very respectful on the whole. Fully Arizona and America by that respect.

Sixty-one years so far as victim — one of many across the American West — exposed and revealed to this observer that government from behind closed doors is not the Founders’ version of trust government with stringent limits so as to civilize and tame it!

They know by experience, as I too found, that power as government does destroy lives when untamed, unlimited and greedily self-serving. When allowed to be freewheeling and unaccountable, as are the two federal land agencies taking down/away America furtively, maliciously replacing it intentionally with managerial power systems. Systems they rule over so as to rule over/brutally domineer victims, such as our once good, prosperous, free M.D. Rawls family.

Please open your eyes and ears, America! God bless America.

David R. Rawls

Florence

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