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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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Mr. Wiles is ignoring the humanity of what is happening in Orlando

To The Daily Sun,

Russ Wiles of Tilton is doing what everyone on the right has done since early Sunday morning's shooting in Orlando: he is blaming the president. The fact that the shooter's own father stated that he had serious issues with the thought of men kissing apparently has nothing to do with it. The fact that he has a violent past has nothing to do with it. That he abused his own wife has nothing to do with it.

The shooter was a homophobe. Yes, even a Muslim homophobe. He was born here 29 years ago and lived here his entire life. His parents are Afghani. And his own ex-wife said he was not particularly religious. An act of terror? Yes. An act of hate? Yes. But some form of premeditated religion-based attack meant to disrupt our political state? No. That is Mr. Wiles job.

How fast he brings Donald Trump in as some form of hero, when nothing Mr. Trump has suggested would have made a single difference. Perhaps if it was possible to prevent the sale of weapons to people on the FBI's Watch List, a difference could have been made. But no — the NRA and its stooges have ensured that cannot happen.

You know, if I was to take an AR-15 and open fire in Walmart while yelling "Christ Compels Me!!" I'd be labeled a nut. But yell "Allahu Akbar!" and suddenly you are a Islamic terrorist? Mr. Wiles is missing — just like after Sandy Hook and Aurora — that if simple measures were in place then these assault-style weapons would be out of the picture. But no. People like Mr. Wiles use the Second Amendment as a crutch without ever understanding the true nature of the amendment itself, its wording, and the limitations inherent to it.

Finally, Mr. Wiles is simply ignoring the humanity of Orlando. Forty-six men and three women, plus the shooter, are dead. Brothers. Sons. Sisters. Daughters. All expendable under Mr. Wiles view of our Constitution. Remember it was Ronald Reagan himself who advocated for the banning of assault-style weapons after his own shooting. It was George Bush who let it lapse. But somehow President Obama gets the blame because he doesn't use the words "Radical Islamic Terrorist?"

Ludicrous. Mr. Wiles simply is using this to his advantage to get Donald Trump elected. And if he does, Mr. Wiles, who will you complain about next? Because our country will go straight to hell in a hand basket, and you can sit there in Tilton and watch our economy tank, our status in the world evaporate, and attacks on this country accelerate.

Alan Vervaeke
Gilford

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