I was rather alarmed while reading Mr. Laitres' letter a couple of weeks ago to learn that I was such a horrible person, self-centered and egotistical. Actually, the reason I registered as an independent quite a few years ago was that I was totally fed up with the shenanigans of both of our major political parties. All the "Rah, rah! Up with us and down with them" in a constant quest for power combined with a complete and total disregard for the good of the country and her citizens. In addition to this, take a look at the candidates for the presidency they have been offering us for years. Anything from mediocre and downright dangerous, and here we go again with a choice between front runners, one of whom is a demagogue and the other a habitual liar. Surely we can do better than this! All I ask for is an honorable person to vote for.
What really frightened me, however, was Mr. Latires' blanket condemnation of a group of people who number in the millions, most of whom he does not know personally. This was an example of what I feel is the great danger to all of our country -- blind, unreasoning hatred of one group for another and a complete unwillingness to tolerate another's point of view. Democrats vs. Republicans, liberals vs. conservatives, pro-life, pro-choice, religious differences, racial differences, socioeconomic differences, vegan vs. meat eaters, you name it. We are being encouraged to hate anyone who doesn't think, look or act as we do. Where is this divisiveness stemming from and how can we overcome it?
It used to be that when there was a difference of opinion, a lively and often enjoyable discussion would follow. Now it seems that any differences are only to be shouted down and denigrated with vitriolic rancor rather than reasoned discussion.
If we are to solve the problems of today's world, it can't be done when we are all pulling in different directions. I believe it was Ben Franklin who stated to his fellow rebels that "We must hang together or we will surely hang separately."
If we do not work toward a more unified front and learn to tolerate one another's opinions we won't have to worry about terrorists or global warming destroying us. Fueled by intolerance, we are doing a superlative job of that on our own.