To The Daily Sun,
The recent tragic and horrific events in Paris have opened a door, or more appropriately stated, Pandora's box, igniting a firestorm of knee-jerk rhetoric and legislative action that does not represent lessons learned nor this democracy's greatness. Hastened by the medias barrage of coverage, particularly of the often-quick responses for political gain, we are entering into very dangerous game of chaos and confusion, not serving the common U.S. or global good.
Hysteria is not an option, nor is silence. Both accelerated pre-World War II thought and actions. We must heed the lessons of the past. We need clearer heads to calmly navigate this precipice in concert with our allies. As we observe the current GOP, or perhaps the anti-GOP candidates, wrestle each other for the farthest right position, we risk them pushing us all off the ledge. We the people must tether it back to balance, giving voice to better angels.
In this regard, both left and right of middle ground is a more hopeful dais.
Our school children know better the lessons taught having paraded them for the past two decades through memorials and monuments of those interred and exterminated.
The country I know has a wide berth as big as Ellis Island that brought my grandmother here, pregnant with my father, from their native Italy.
The church I know has arms open wide, filled with compassion, reaching into the local and world community for those who are hungry and tired. We welcome the stranger because more angels than not are among them.
We understand all too well the sleepless nights when our sons and daughters are deployed, honoring their choice to serve for an America where lessons learned were that from the "Greatest Generation" who brought the world back from the horrors of World War II.
While the noise moves us to the brink off the far right now, we cannot yield the ship. The consequences are too grave, the rhetoric too loud. Evil released will be by our own actions if we leave hope, love and compassion for all humanity in the box.
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