To The Daily Sun,
I read Tea Party supporter Don Ewing's recent letter to The Sun about "radical-leftist protesters" with a bit of amusement and not a little nostalgia. I was reminded of my childhood living on Air Force bases at the height of the Cold War. As usual, Mr. Ewing's words invoke memories of such groups as the John Birch Society, which blamed anything with which it did not agree with on "communism" or "socialism." (And yes, the Birchers are still around, at least they were a few years ago, in the Lakes Region).
According to Mr. Ewing, opposition to Donald Trump seems to be part of a communist plot led by the Democratic Party! What about sex education in the schools, the Civil Rights movement, and the diabolical fluoridation of our drinking water and the sapping of "our precious bodily fluids," Mr. Ewing? Are not these things also still the product of an evil, well-orchestrated Kremlin master-plan working through lackeys, fellow travelers and dupes masquerading as loyal American citizens? Thanks for the trip down memory lane, Mr. Ewing!
Mr. Ewing's charge that the left is working to "silence" the right is as amusing as it is ridiculous. With Mr. Ewing's "side" controlling the White House, Congress, and probably eventually the federal judicial system, who is trying to silence them? Even if one really did want to silence them, it would prove near impossible to do so!
The American Right, including the wackadoodle right, seems to be doing just fine as far as freedom of expression and media are concerned. The Constitution protects even their hate speech, something which is not protected, even in many other democratic countries. As for any violence at anti-Trump demonstrations, it is certainly wrong and should be condemned by all, but most demonstrations have been peaceful. But, many conservatives falsely equate disagreement with intolerance or censorship.
Has Mr. Ewing perhaps considered another possibility, that it is President Trump himself who is the "Russian plot?" After all, Mr. Putin, Mr. Trump's best buddy, was a KGB officer for years.
E. Scott Cracraft
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