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If you think fascism can't be repeated here you'd better think again

To The Daily Sun,

If the pen is mightier than the sword, consider this my Lexington Green on this election year:

There is a strong fascist undercurrent that runs just below the surface of this election. Corporations and bankers, in collusion with their congressional patsies, get away with "legally" stashing away billions in lost tax revenue. They single-handedly created the 2008 recession. They have manipulated bank rates worldwide. They have fearlessly opened new accounts illegally — well, you read the papers.

Congressmen routinely work for these, and other, institutions to fill their re-election coffers — all at the cost of diluting your vote. And now, it is apparently okay to simply ignore vacancies in the Supreme Court. But what really scares me is the number of people in the electorate who sanction these behaviors, either through their lack of participation, or, their tacit support.

I hear loud and clear the herd's ubiquitous trash talk, probably not unlike the conversations coming out of a 1938 Berlin beer hall. Everywhere you go, canned vitriol full of gross misinformation is spread by people who never listen to or read about or try to nuance or evaluate complicated issues.

There's an old saying: If you have to tell a lie, make it a whopper. Say it loudly and rinse and repeat and repeat. To appreciate the cancerous nature of this behavior, just watch (any) one episode of the old Morton Downey trash talk TV show. Morton's old audience members are the unemployed, uneducated, down-and-out people who now populate vast areas of the electorate.

Everywhere you look there are pickup trucks flying Confederate flags. This is done, of course, for the benefit of anyone who has misunderstood the real American way. Believe me, for these people, that is the real American way. And many of them are just itching for you to finally understand it.

Now when the rare political argument occurs, you've seen how it turns into a childlike series of finger-pointing rebukes. Following this revelation, it's easy to see how our esteemed, adult legislators have come to behave. The finger-pointing circus is now fully embedded in the never-ending, politically motivated congressional hearings and judicial cases.

Over the last several decades, millions of taxpayer dollars have been spent on bogus congressional hearings. Going further, almost all of this wasted effort and money has resulted in an astonishing amount of nothing, especially legislation. Gasbags in Congress spend their time (and they don't even work a full year) in forming and conducting investigations. This results in nothing but free 'news' coverage as the memory of it drifts away and is finally forgotten.

But meanwhile, the hurt runs deep. For starters, America has been frozen in time. Regardless of your desire to expedite important issues, nothing in this country gets accomplished. And we have suffered an abysmal loss of esteem abroad. How often has a foreign country dared to disrespect a visiting American president? Well, for example, it just happened in China and in the Philippines. In this void, you'll find no road maps to the future, no modernization efforts, no new law — zilch. And all the while, other countries take up the slack in the quest for global leadership.

So much for the do-nothing Congress. That brings us to the November election: if you've read this far, you know who you are, and what this article is about.
So —
If you loathe politicians who, given the chance, do not denounce or rebuke David Duke, and
If you secretly fear gangs of para-military types roaming the streets to protect real Americans, and,
If you secretly fear that after two or three state of emergency/martial law episodes, your basic American way of life will be devastated, and
If you think European history of a scant 70 years ago can't happen here, you'd better start to review your vote in this death spiral...
...real fast, pal.

Paul B. Utiger

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We've a chance to vote for a man who's experienced & gifted

To The Daily Sun,

Wouldn't it be nice to vote for a person who is both experienced and passionate about public service, who has a record of reaching across the aisle in a spirit of consensus and compromise and is gifted at listening with civility? You have that by voting Charlie Chandler for state Senate, District 2.

The first thing Charlie did when he filed for the Senate was to contact his competition to let them know he was running and to assure them that he would not be talking badly about them in his campaign. He then traveled throughout the district meeting with selectmen, holding house parties, going door-to-door to share his message and to find out what's important to the citizens.

Charlie is pro-education funding including local, community colleges, and state universities as a way of creating better jobs. He will fight for ways to treat opioid addiction while stiffening sentences for drug dealers. He will champion expanded Medicaid that has already provided coverage for nearly 50,000 Granite Staters. He will push hard to improve the state's infrastructure of roads, highways and bridges. He will oppose the ever increasing trickle down policies at the State level that shifts costs to the already burdened local taxpayer.

While living in Northfield, he had been the Northfield town moderator for 25-plus years, is a selectman in his town of Warren, and was formerly a state representative.

Born and bred in New Hampshire and being a local small-town lawyer for years gave Charlie a sense of the struggles facing everyday citizens. Check Charlie out on his website: charliechandler.org. Charlie has my vote and I hope yours. He is the real deal.

Pat Clark

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