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My recent Americanism letter to the editor

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Here is a letter that I mailed today to the Chanhassen Villager and the Star Tribune concerning the present political labeling and name calling.
Chanhassen Villager
P.O. Box 99
Chanhassen, MN 55317

Oct. 27, 2004

Letter to Editor:

I was recently told that to be Anti-War or Anti-Bush was Anti-American. I was told that “it is impossible to support the troops if you do not support this President”. This statement deeply upset me as does some of the present political rhetoric being put out.

I love my country deeply. I have family that is presently involved in the war. I vote and take an active part in various voter education and turn out programs. Finally, I am a disabled Marine Corps Veteran. I fly my flag proudly and I would rise up to protect my country again in any capacity. I have also lost a friend due to hostile fire. I know what patriotism is and what it is not. Blind obedience and name calling is sub standard for any American worth his or her own salt.

To disagree with a person and intelligently debate with them part of democracy. Throwing out rhetoric and labels is beneath the Nation that I love. It will be impossible for our county to follow the legacy of its founders and create a better world for our children if we can not get past labels and name calling. I would be inclined to listen to the views of an opposing side if intelligent arguments were used but as soon as the labels and names start to fly then I refuse to participate. Children can call names only intelligent adults can work for positive results.

American need moral courage and intelligence not rhetoric, blame and name calling. Republican, Democrat, Green or Independent we should be striving for a better America for our children not political one ups man ship. The lasting victory of Democracy will not be measured by which party is elected but in the lives of our children and grandchildren.

Respectfully Submitted,

Edward Working
Chanhassen, Minnesota

“A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
GK Chesterton -“The Everlasting Man” 1925
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