To The Daily Sun,
You know, Thomas Jefferson once said that if a people think that, in a state of ignorance, a nation can exist as a free and democratic society, then they wish for something that never was nor ever can be. Democracy depends on a well-informed and educated citizenry. They have to believe in scientific, substantiated evidence and not on hearsay. They have to reject ill-advised statements such as Goldwater’s “ Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice; moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.” There are too many people in this country who are naive, ill-informed and short-tempered. And the wide availability of guns doesn’t help either. I don’t know if anything can realistically be done about this state of affairs. We do not have a homogeneous society. Historically no such society has survived long. There are too many different nationalities, beliefs, priorities and economic classes for this republic to continue in its present form. No attempts at real compromise; too much “ my way or the highway” way of thinking. Maybe Lincoln was wrong. Maybe we should have split into 2 more homogeneous nations.
(The writer is a Massachusetts resident who works full time locally.)