Letter to the Editor: Let’s Celebrate ‘Dependence Day’


It is a well known fact (among certain circles) that our government, run by communists and socialists, continues to grow without resistance. It has increased its power and control over the ignorant masses with a simple, but effective plan: it simply purchases our freedoms, one at a time.

By creating dependence on entitlements we spend, spend, spend.

Dogs will never bite the hand that feeds them. And as long as the masses are provided for, they will not interfere with the government’s good works.

Here’s just a single example of how this works:

In order to keep the fossil fuel industry subservient to our wishes, we hand them between $10 billion and $50 billion a year. One could certainly think that abuse of this kind would certainly keep them quiet and obedient for a while.

But this is only the first link in the chain — the fossil fuel industry is also adept at playing this game.

In 2020, for example, the fossil fuel industry (which rakes in hundreds of billions of dollars every year without paying taxes) began to feel the need to gain some independence and self respect. In a touching and personal way, the industry returned the insult, slapping individual blue legislators in the face with $12 million and engaging the red with $64 million.

Bringing this concept down to an immediate and local level, we recently had six oil company executives testifying about price gouging before a House committee’s panel on oversight. Every member of the inquisition got paid off, with the chair (Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers R-Washington) receiving the most at $134,000, combined from corporate “donors” BP America, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell and a few others. I do believe this investment kept everybody happy. I know it makes me smile every time I fill the tank.

This sort of thing is an ancient phenomenon. It is nothing new. In fact, in ancient Egypt and Greece, it was symbolically represented with an image of a snake with its tail in its mouth, continually devouring itself and being reborn from itself. Isn’t it interesting that the serpent (once called Ouroboros) is now broken and is an emblem of independence. I guess we can combine the two into a single unified message: “Don’t tread on me while I’m consuming myself.”


Dennis Shain