LETTER: Extremism threatens AmericaI didn’t pay a lot of attention to politics when I was a young man. I knew who was in the White House and Senate and who my congressman was. I listened to what the politicians had to say on TV, and voted for the people I thought represented my beliefs.
I didn’t pay a lot of attention to politics when I was a young man. I knew who was in the White House and Senate and who my congressman was. I listened to what the politicians had to say on TV, and voted for the people I thought represented my beliefs.
Like most folks, I was too busy working and raising a family to get more involved. Now that I’m retired, I have more time to pay attention to what’s going on in our nation, and can’t say that I like it much.
For the first time in my nearly 70 years on this planet, the future looks kind of scary, not for me so much, but for my kids and theirs.
I’ve known for years that our government snoops around in our private business — I’m sure all in the name of our security — but they’ve become more intrusive over the past decade, once again in the name of “national security.”
Modern technology has made it easy for the government to spy on us. They can listen to our phone calls, read our email, know where we shop, what we buy, what we read and what we write. Ever since the enactment of the Patriot Act, they’ve gotten deeper and deeper into our personal business. This doesn’t bother me yet.
Over the past few years, I’ve written a lot of letters to the editors of various newspapers throughout the Midwest and many have been published, thus becoming part of the public domain. Most of these letters have criticized Republicans especially the extreme right wing of that party, the Tea Party.
I’m afraid if this bunch does take over our government freedom as we know will disappear in a heartbeat.
I know, some people say the Tea Party folks are fighting to keep Americans free, but I don’t know how many people will appreciate the kind of freedom they espouse. They want to keep us free to practice our religion, as long it’s a religion they approve of. They want to keep us free to make choices in our lives, but only those they approve of. They want to make sure we keep our freedom of speech, as long as we say things they want to hear. They want to keep our voting rights sacred, as long as we vote the “right” way.
When the Patriot Act was signed, it took away some very important rights, one of which is habeas corpus that keeps citizens from being detained indefinitely for any reason the government comes up with.
I’m afraid that a government run by a bunch of right wing zealots could find writing’s such as mine offensive, perhaps even treasonous? Could this happen? Wasn’t it during the last Republican administration that people who spoke loudly against going to war with Iraq, were called traitors in the conservative media? Would it be much of a stretch to believe that a government under control of the extreme right would actually treat dissenters as traitors? Who knows?
New Richmond, Wis.