Letter: Columnist insults nation’s founders

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It’s bad enough when Columbian columnist John Laird suggests that accepting federal aid is logical because, after all, if Florida rejects it on principle, some other state (presumably with less principle) will benefit, but when he worships at the feet of the New York Times for calling constitutionally limited government “shop-worn,” he commits his greatest outrage of the year and reveals an elitism so profound as to have few equals. (May 29 column, “All together now: ‘Thanks, Florida!’”)

Pundits like Laird who demean the handiwork of the Founding Fathers as unequal to the problems of our times are implying they are mentally superior to those who fashioned the greatest nation on earth. Really, John? We had no idea.

Thomas R. Higdon

Vancouver