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First of all, I wish to pass on my appreciation for the Lansing City Pulse. As a longtime Lansing resident, your publication is often the only reliable source for local news available. Thank you for your talents and efforts.
I would like to comment on your recent article entitled, “MSU’s longest year” from May 9th. While the article itself seems well grounded in today’s context, it would be enhanced by placing the current situation at MSU into a longer term perspective.
Our American experiment has faced and successfully overcome two crises while facing the 3rd today. The 1st crisis was the American Revolution where we told the British Empire that we, the American People, would govern ourselves. The 2nd crisis was the Civil War when through the struggle of a bitter war it was resolved that we would remain united and indivisible. Slavery was an important but secondary issue. Lincoln would have accepted slavery if that was a condition for remaining united. He had faith in the conscience of the American people to ultimately resolve the issue.
The 3rd crisis is the spirit of lawlessness we are experiencing today. Our Republican form of government is being turned on its head. Rather than relying on elected Representatives to do the bidding of the citizenry within the limits of the three branches of government, elected State and local officials along with unelected bureaucrats are becoming a law unto themselves.
When did the Department of Education and Title IX officials become responsible for criminal sexual assault investigation, prosecution, and determination? This sounds like being the judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one person. This is not the America way of the Rule of Law.
The University has tried to limit the 1st Amendment by preventing persons, who they dislike from speaking on campus. They have created what President Engler defines as a “culture of yes” with little oversight or control. Further, the University seemingly rejects outright our roots in Western Civilization and its Judeo- Christian Foundation. The University has no boundaries, anything goes.
Why then should a Larry Nassar surprise us? Within the permissive culture of the University and the East Lansing Community, it was only a matter of time. What is scary is that something even worse could be happening right before our eyes and we would not recognize it.
Our historical form of Government is the only assurance we have to protect our Country and therefore our legal rights. Let us not abandon the only workable solution we have. Thomas Hamlin