Letters: Political critics part of a healthy democracy

I question George Morin's recent pronouncement that past administrations should just shut their mouth and not criticize new administrations ("Old administrations should stop the 'advice' after they are gone," March 22, Page 11A). Perhaps Morin has not noticed that it has long been routine for members of "the deposed administration" - as Morin put it - and opposing political parties to be critics of the new administration and we should not want it any other way.

It never ceases to amaze me that defenders of current administrations seem to demand a free ride and lust to smother opposing opinions. It is this political opposition that informs us as to political agendas and political corruptness that otherwise would be concealed. How else would we know what is going on behind our backs? I think we are intelligent enough, hopefully with a free press, to discern between rhetoric and fact.

I, for one, welcome political criticisms of current administrations because political divisions are what make our nation strong. Heaven help our individual freedoms when all politicians agree with each other and are allowed to implement their agendas without public input.

Morin and several other recent letter writers decry any criticism of the current administration, but our founders wisely structured our government to purposely make it unwieldily and unable to easily agree on narrow agendas.

Only monarchies and dictatorships stifle opposing political conflicts. The founders of our nation and the writers of our Constitution knew what they were doing when they structured our government.

Morin and others who decry the animosity between political parties should actually be thankful. Although we may often object to the current intensity, differences in political philosophy are necessary for the survival of our nation.