The lessons of fear

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - COMMENTARY -

We have not learned the lessons of mis­placed ir­ra­tional fear.

We baby boomers are the Viet­nam War gen­er­a­tion, a war en­gaged in be­cause of the fear of com­mu­nism, and yet a sit­ting pres­i­dent, Richard Nixon, was cred­ited with opening trade with China.

Com­mu­nist China en­abled by a pres­i­dent and Wal-Mart did all but de­stroy the Amer­i­can mid­dle class, and his­tory shows that de­spite the war and com­mu­nism, U.S. and Viet­nam re­la­tions couldn’t be bet­ter!

We have been send­ing our chil­dren to war in Afghanistan for 15 years, and there is no out­rage. And at home, the cur­rent pres­i­dent seems to be stok­ing the fear of im­mi­grants as well as any do­mes­tic res­i­dent who does not think the same way he thinks. Where is the “life, lib­erty and pur­suit of hap­pi­ness” in that?

Your free­dom ends where mine be­gins, and that re­quires tol­er­ance. Pay at­ten­tion to your life, not mine, and things around us will au­to­mat­i­cally be more peace­ful.

Lastly, if you like your re­li­gious free­dom, then let me have mine and keep them ALL out of our gov­ern­ment in any way, shape or form. Do you re­al­ize that the more you im­pose your re­li­gious dogma into pol­i­tics, the more we be­come like our Mid­dle East­ern en­e­mies? John Begg


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