To the editor:
Republic comes from the Latin words res publica, meaning public matters. Our government is and always has been of the people, by the people, for the people, and derives its authority by consent of the people. It is we the people who give our leaders the authority to govern us. We had a revolution against living under a ruler or monarch.
Recently we have seen some of our elected leaders act as rulers over us. Our president, for one, has used Air Force One to fly the parents of the Sandy Hook tragedy to lobby at his behest on legislation he wanted pushed through Congress that would limit our Second Amendment rights.
His administration has also misdirected and stonewalled Congress when we want to know what happened and why our people were left to die in Libya. Just a few days ago, we learned the IRS, one of the most powerful agencies of our federal government, has feebly apologized for targeting Tea Party and other conservative groups. Their choice to target groups with whom our president and his administration openly disagree was wrong.
Mr. Obama initially ran for office as a man who would lead our nation. He has since several times over shown himself to be a man who prefers to rule over a nation. That role didn't work out well for George III and his rule over the American people. It has been said that leaders cannot lead if they don't have followers, so it may also be said that rulers cannot rule those who do not want to be ruled. Mr. Obama has himself made the remainder of his days as president of our republic more difficult by trying to rule Americans rather than lead them.