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Our culture was ready for the abortion lie, we wanted it, we embrace it

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank E. Scott Cracraft for his recent column (Tuesday, Oct. 13) in which he has brought clarification to the subject of misinformation and disinformation. Although I believe some of the examples he has offered are more political than academic, I appreciate the "teaching moment" he has presented to us.

I disagree with his assertion that the German population, during the rise of Hitler, were a "smart people" although they were an educated people for sure. Educated does not necessarily mean smart. Mr. Cracraft alluded to the evil method used by the Nazis to persecute the Jews to illustrate that a population can be indoctrinated into a "Big Lie" if it is told often enough. Mr. Cracraft also instructed us that "empirical evidence" should be part of any statement for it to have any "weight".

I believe this to be the case in the ongoing and hotly debated subject of abortion on demand. There are "opinions" on both sides of this issue which certainly seem reasonable to the person defending either side. Some say it's a "womens' health issue" and others say "it's a life". Some say it's my "choice" and others say "choose life".

Mr. Cracraft also brought up the subject of "Innocent vs. Willful Ignorance". His definition of "innocent" ignorance is simply believing false information. Whereas, "willful ignorance" is believing something you want to believe in spite of all evidence to the contrary.

Does this sound familiar to the "Big Lie" the Nazis told the German population? Millions of Jews were exterminated based upon what thought process? Innocent or willful? If they were so smart, why didn't they reject the lie? I would make the case that they were ready for the lie, they wanted the lie, they embraced the lie. I would also make the case that there has been a "Big Lie" circulating within our culture that has resulted is the loss of "empirical life" within the wombs of our population under a similar evil propaganda method. We, as a culture, were ready for the lie, we wanted the lie, and we continue to embrace the lie. We too, are an educated population, but we are not wise.

You want empirical evidence? When the heart of a human being "stops beating" we are declared dead. Under Mr. Cracrafts criteria for an opinion to have weight then I say when a heart "starts beating" it is life, it is human, it is worthy of defending. How do you form your opinions? Are you influenced by media and popular culture? Are you really thinking things through?

Mr. Cracraft is wondering which category different writers to the editor belong to. I have a pretty good idea what category he belongs in.

Joe Higgins

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Ted Cruz was winner of 603 Alliance caucus; good luck with that

To The Daily Sun,

For anybody who didn't know or didn't care, Ted Cruz won the (603 Alliance) caucus, followed by Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina.

Now that it is over the 603 Alliance thinks all those attending are going to unite and support Cruz.

As soon as I heard about the caucus and looked them up on Facebook, and the people that organized the event I knew this was a far right movement. And supporting Cruz, the winning candidate, proves it.

To show you how important this was to the candidates, only Cruz showed up. Some others did have stand-ins speak.

On the final vote Cruz took 72.3 percent of the vote. Being the main objective of the caucus was to unite for a candidate, it will be real interesting to see how many people voted on the last ballot. If all the people who voted on the first ballot weren't there at the end, I guess that shows not all were planning to vote for the choice of the Alliance as they claimed.

One of the organizers of the caucus, Fran Wendelboe said one of the reason that other candidates didn't show up was they didn't like to engage unless they think they can win. Like I read on Facebook right after the caucus, many people felt they had a good idea Cruz was going to win. Probably the reason more people didn't attend.

Being this is New Hampshire, I don't think 700 people are going to tell us how to vote.

Good luck people. You're going to need it.

L. Michael Hatch


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