It’s time to reflect on ourselves

To the editor:

There is no doubt we as a nation are experiencing a societal change and the path to socialism, or whatever it might be, is built with ups and downs, truth and half truths, good intentions and ignorance.

Facts are hard to find and computer technology is giving us fits. The twists and turns in Washington, D.C. politics in recent weeks are causing all kinds of havoc to us all.

Computer glitches are making headlines, thousand of letters have been written, thousands of hours of TV news is mind boggling. The strong language, the name calling, the lies being tossed around make me sick. Is this something new?

I went back in time to our colonial period and asked Brian Hackert, our library researcher, to dig out some references way back when guys like Patrick Henry,Sam Adams, Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were in their prime.

Brian came up with several books that included papers, speeches and debates expressing universal thoughts of the country’s heavy hitters of the colonial era. Let me pin point language used in the colonial era. Terms like “pungent,” “shameless,” “vilification” and “back stage antics.” It is obvious their battles were just as intense, just as mean spirited and ongoing as we have today. You’d think our politicians of today read every one of those speeches of bygone days.

Washington D.C. hasn’t changed much. Politicians still rant and rave, still make huge mistakes and frequently tear each other apart. Truth is hard to find, compassion a scarce commodity. The road to socialism is proving just as rocky as the fights in the colonial years. Our problem is we are computerized and our mistakes are compounded.

We spend money like we have it, we borrow money to fight wars and we have scandals from within. I believe we can improve the performance of the Tory’s Whigs, Federalists, etc.

Let me close with a snippet from the prayer to St. Francis of Assisi. “Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith: where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy.”

Fran Chapman


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