To the Journal editor:
Never before in my 77 years of life have I ever directed correspondence to the editor of our Mining Journal or any other publication in reference to a political issue.
However, as a grateful descendent of early colonists and everyday heroes who honorably served our nation from those freedom seeking revolutionary times forward, I can no longer remain publicly silent regarding the outrageous arrogance and deluded self-righteousness increasingly manifest among far too many state and federal Republican Party power-brokers.
To me, the deceitful, self-serving reign of Gov. Rick Snyder and his associates exemplifies an absolutists' path to despotic oligarchy, i.e. "government by the few... in which a small group exercises control esp. (especially) for corrupt and selfish purposes" (Merriam Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary, p. 822).
Such ruinous philosophical tactics are the antithesis of our traditional American principles of honorable representative democracy.