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Basest side of pride is finding fault in others to feel superior

To The Daily Sun,

For a family man such as myself, pride is the feeling I get when I see the way my children and their children have taken responsibility for their lives. All of them are trying to be good citizens. They don't all agree with me or their mother or, for that matter, each other. However, when they gather together on special occasions they support rather than divide.

Pride has its ugly side as well. A person who has an excess of pride tends to lack humility. Pride growing out of feelings of superiority is usually demeaning others. To find faults in others in order to make ones self feel greater is the basest side of pride.

National pride is needed to inspire the citizens to pledge allegiance to democratic principles. Excess national pride leads to conflict. There will always be tension and friction between nations and religious philosophies. Those who lead need a set of principles that guide them. Otherwise, pride of position will cause them to lead with destructive behaviors that lead to misunderstandings.

We are about to enter the final phase of the presidential campaign. Already, we have seen some pretty serious challenges to common decency. Candidates need to make sure that they make cases with reasoned statements rather than prideful comments. Using words to demean by maligning the opponent adds nothing to any debate about solutions. Baleful comments, once loosed on an opponent in a debate, do harm to both of the debaters and the audience because they are aimed a stirring up hate and intolerance.

Bill Dawson

Northfield

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Leftists want America to copy societies people are fleeing from

To The Daily Sun,
Leftists don't seem to think our nation's Judeo-Christian culture, which they constantly denigrate, is anything special — that all cultures, e.g., Mexican, Muslim, Chinese, etc., are as good as ours.
I believe our Judeo-Christian based culture is exceptional as it forms the basis for our cordial, tolerant, and productive society and our successful people. What could be better than a society based on the Golden Rule, "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you?"
Nevertheless, with our limited knowledge, how would we compare cultures?
People with ultimate power over others, e.g., Castro, other dictators, and some Muslim clerics, probably think their cultures are nearly perfect. However, the people they kill, enslave, rape, starve, the homosexuals they execute, the women killed to regain a family's honor, the citizens deprived of full rights because they weren't the right race, religion, caste, or tribe, etc., wouldn't agree.
Are there absolute values that would help judge a culture? How about slavery and treatment of political critics and opponents, women, and minorities?
Slavery was common practice in the world until the Christian/Western nations outlawed it in the 1800s, completely in the U.S. in 1865. Slavery remained legal in some Muslim countries until nearly 2000. Slavery, or something very close to it, is still tolerated, if not officially legal, in various places, e.g., in ISIS territory, in the some poor countries such as Haiti, and allegedly even in Saudi Arabia.
Overly vocal critics of government or officials in some countries disappear, are imprisoned, re-educated, or killed, e.g., Russia, China, Cuba. Unfortunately we have started seeing our own government's power used against political opponents, e.g., harassment of people in organizations applying for non-profit status.
For political advantage, some American women and minorities complain about discrimination rather than taking their cases to court; gender, race, religion, and nationality based discrimination has been illegal for fifty years. Real discrimination is fairly common and sometimes the law outside the Western world; e.g., against gays in Iran, women in many Muslim countries, non-native people in many countries, people converting from Islam, or against any non-Muslim in most Middle East countries.
By comparison, America's problems seem minor. Huge numbers of the world's people abandon their countries to come here because of our safe, free, and successful society. Thousands of illegal immigrants come here weekly, 10-30 percent of the Mexican people are here, and over one million people come here legally every year. Millions more people have applied and are waiting their turns to come here legally.
Despite America's critics (e.g., Michael Moore's love of Cuba, Thomas Friedman's admiration of China, Sean Penn's adoration of left-wing dictators, and the apparent preference for Islam by many leftists) and the absence of barriers to emigration, few Americans leave for the utopias that America's leftists claim are so great. Few Americans (or others) emigrate to Cuba, Syria, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, etc. Actually millions of people risk their lives to escape those societies.
So we don't need to compare cultures, many tens of millions of people did it for us by willingly abandoning their homes, their societies, and their cultures to come to the US; few want to return home. Nevertheless American leftists seem determined to make our society more like the societies that so many people flee. We would be insane to let leftists undermine and/or outlaw the Judeo-Christian values on which our successful society is based, it's time to speak up, defend, and reinstate our Judeo-Christian heritage.
Don Ewing
Meredith

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