Here is my most recent letter to the editor:
It seems that the latest snipe hunt the Republicans want to take us all on is to scapegoat the Syrian refugees. They would have us turn away an entire population of victims because there MAY be SOME evidence that ONE of the Paris terrorists entered France disguised as a Syrian refugee. But wait! Weren’t most of those terrorists French and Belgium nationals? Should we close our borders to all citizens of those two countries? And what about domestic terrorism? Mass shootings are committed by people who own guns, should we intern all US gun owners to keep safe?
Just when did America become a nation of over-reacting cowards? When did keeping Americans safe become more important than keeping Americans free? In the name of “keeping America safe” we have spied on American citizens with domestic surveillance, redefined torture as an “interrogation technique,” thrown out due process and jailed suspects indefinitely, falsified intelligence to excuse invading other sovereign nations, condemned and persecuted an entire religion, and otherwise gutted and turned aside much of what Americans believed in and what America stood for. You simply cannot protect your ideals and way of life by compromising them.
But the fact of the matter is that the GOP does not really care about protecting Americans. The GOP does care about keeping Americans angry, afraid, and behaving irrationally – like voting for even more Republicans. Without fear-mongering, scapegoating, and stoking up the fires of anger and hatred, the GOP would not win many elections.