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U.S. has reached point where 'we always do what we've always done'

To The Daily Sun,

Carroll Quigley wrote in his book "Tragedy and Hope" something to the effect that, "...The argument that two parties should represent opposed ideas and policies... is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinate and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. The policies that are vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement, but are disputable only in details of procedure, priority, or method..."

We have been living a reality resembling this description for decades. It is absolutely true that the two establishment political parties are differently named fund-raising arms of the same progressive movement. It is true their policies are no longer subjects of significant disagreement. All you have to do is listen to the representatives of the establishment parties to understand this.

It is true the American people can "throw the rascals out" at any election. It is also true that doing so fails consistently to lead to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. This is why we need to return to the principles the country was founded on: life, liberty and property rights.

It is true that academic thinkers do accept and espouse the argument that the two parties should represent opposing ideas and policies. The parties don't do that ... but academic thinkers believe and talk about how they should ... and they talk as though it were established fact that the parties do represent opposing ideas and policies ... though they do not.

Academic thinkers are responsible for the intellectual dishonesty that is political correctness. Those same people foster hatreds through divisive rhetoric designed to perpetuate the system as it stands. They are on top and they mean to keep it that way.

It is true the policies vital and necessary for America are no longer subjects of significant disagreement between the establishment political parties. The problem with this is that we have arrived at a point where, as Henry Ford once said, "If you always do what you've always done, you'll always get what you've always got." Washington will never heal itself.

There can be no surer way to destroy America than to make it a nation of clones. We need to have differences and tolerance sufficient to allow discussion of them. We need to work toward greater understanding. Problem resolution requires it. Assimilation of immigrants is the descriptor for how America has historically done this.

What we are currently witnessing is the festering of an intellectual puss-filled boil. We know the boil is there. We know it is painful. We just lack the fortitude, the will to lance it. Unless we do so; healing will not begin. The boil will continue to grow. We don't have to have live with hatreds.
We need to have honest differences and tolerance sufficient to allow discussion of them. This requires an end to political correctness. It requires honest open dialog. It requires a minimization of name-calling and vitriol. It requires consideration of new ideas, maximizing individual freedom, respect for life and property rights.

Marc Abear

Meredith

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I'm glad Mr. Veverka isn't beheading those he considers 'infidels'

To The Daily Sun,

There are many religions in this world: Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hindu, Buddhism, Wicca, atheism. Yes, atheism is as much a religion as all those other faiths. Some of the world's people are very devout in their faith, others less so, and some don't think of it as a really big deal.

In my own experience, intelligent people accept that not everybody thinks alike, and are tolerant of those who follow a different faith. As long as people treat other individuals decently, what does it matter which God they choose to follow?

However, fanatics of every stripe, whether it be Islam, Christianity or atheism are unwilling to tolerate beliefs that do not agree with their own. Their obsession about their faith clouds their ability to think clearly as they relentlessly pursue their efforts to convert others to their own way of thinking.

Your frequent (letter writer) Mr. James Verveka is apparently a fanatical atheist who seems to spend much of his life trying to prove that religion, especially Christianity, is nonsense. (He doesn't seem to devote as much effort to disproving Islam, Judaism, etc. That is certainly food for thought. But I digress.) According to Mr Verveka, anyone who considers him- or herself a Christian is either a moron or at best misinformed.

Mr. Verveka, we get it. You are a devout atheist and won't rest until every person on earth subscribes to your religion. I am just thankful you are not setting off bombs or beheading those whom you consider "infidels." (If you don't get the analogy, think about it a while.)

Religion is very personal, such as someone's personal sexuality or their dietary preferences. You may disagree, but please spare us your fanatical and obsessive internet references to try and make us feel like idiots. We can find that information for ourselves if we choose to do so.

D. M. Williamson
Laconia

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