To the Editor,

Societal “armageddon” is upon us because the government is “shut down.” So we hear from  the leftists in Congress, from the administration, and from the mainstream media. But is it really?  There are four lessons we have learned from this “shutdown” that are worth noting:

• The hysteria over this is just that. The government hasn’t “shut down;” it is merely “slimmed” down. There is sufficient incoming tax revenue each month to cover our critical needs.

• As the work of many departments and agencies have been stopped or curtailed, we are realizing that not only are these unconstitutional, but we can function much better without them.

• Given the arbitrary, vindictive, and punitive exercising of executive power during this time, the government — especially the president — can easily become tyrannical and must be cut down to its constitutional “size.”

• The Constitution, with its system of separation of powers (despite lesson number three) works. The Constitution was designed to thwart the tyranny of the majority over the minority, and this is precisely what we see being played out in the battle between the Republican-controlled House and the Democrat-controlled Senate and Administration.

So be of good cheer and get involved, my fellow Americans.  Our country is learning the value of a constitutionally-limited government as a result of the current stalemate in Washington.  We deserve better! We can do better!

Frank Kuchar,

GOP Congressional candidate

Arlington, Texas