My father, who was raised in a Catholic orphanage somewhere in southern Italy and traveled the Atlantic at age 17 to come here in 1909, taught me a valuable lesson.

He said, “If we have a goof who knows they’re a goof, it’s OK, we’re safe. But, if we have a goof who doesn’t know they’re a goof, they can be very dangerous.”

Today, if we believe this corporately controlled, two-party monopoly we’re all goofs, and it’s very dangerous.

Constitutionally, we’re all “republicans” by definition because the word, democracy, doesn’t exist in the Declaration of Independence, nor the Constitution.

The founders considered pure democracy as mob rule. We have a constitutional republic with co-equal branches of government elected by the people, for the people and of the people.

But, with unfettered corporate money buying congressional votes, we have a government by, for and of multinational corporations, which have no allegiance to you, your family, our constitution or this country.

The Supreme Court has ruled that corporations are people. Well, people who steal our liberty can be eliminated. How do we eliminate corporations who steal our Republic? We do it with the only power we have, our educated vote.          

We need to seek the truth, embrace the truth and “bare witness to the truth,” as Jesus taught. But, finding the truth takes effort.

These paid-political-perpetrators of deceit make millions to lie to you. Hannity’s salary is $36 million.

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play,” said Joseph Goebbels, Nazi propaganda minister

As a strict constitutional conservative, son of immigrants and a baptized gospel Christian, I’m obligated to vote a progressive agenda, not controlled by corporate money, that does the works of Christ: Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick and free the captives, because, “Faith without works is dead,” said James 14:26

Real gospel Christians of courage want a society where even the homeless have shelter, food and health care. Because we know, “Faith takes no courage. Only love takes courage, and to love the unlovable takes the most courage.”

The words of Jimmy Carter, the only president of the 20th century to boast: “We never dropped a bomb. We never fired a bullet. We never went to war.”

Joseph Colella, Mentone