, Newburyport, MA

January 1, 2013

Not so happy new year to America

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

This year we get to acknowledge but not likely celebrate the hundredth anniversary of the great betrayal of 1913. That being the keystone year when the majority of our elected leaders decided that they would rather look out for themselves than the American republic.

We get the fiscal cliff smoke-screen presentation in the continuation of the we didn’t do it, they did game. All we have to keep asking is are we better off than our representatives in Washington, D.C.? History always reminds us that power corrupts and the truth of that fact is obvious today if we care enough to blow the smokescreen away and place the blame for our fiscal troubles where it belongs, that being in the laps of those who are running the dog and pony show on the daily news, trying to pretend they are working hard to seek a solution to the problem.

The president is upset he had to miss a couple of rounds of golf to impress the people on just how worried and involved he is with the problem. Here is my opinion of the solution: Go back and look at what was done to us in 1913 when the great betrayal was in its infancy and undo that damage and then we the people will be able to get the train back on the track. We need new leadership and followers of the truth. The current gang of self-aggrandizes must get out of the way.

It’s always a good idea to start the new year with a recognition of the changes that have happened in the past in hope we find a path of repair for the sins we have ignored in our past. Knowing the problem gives us the opportunity to seek a solution. History also tells us that new Year’s resolutions often get forgotten. Are we going to stand up for our great heritage or not? That is the question of the year!

Brendan Kelly