In response to recent letters
Two recent letters caught my attention.
On September 15, “Politics, Not Personality, What Matters,” got it all wrong about freedom and personal responsibility. As former Secretary of State John Foster Dulles said some 65 years ago, “Freedom and duty always go hand in hand and if the free do not accept the duty of social responsibility, they will not. not long “. The kind of freedom promoted here really borders on anarchy. It is clear that many conservatives believe that the answer to the eternal biblical question “Am I my brother’s keeper?” ” is a “No!“
The September 16 letter, “Our Gradual Decline,” is notable for its statement: “Defendants, blatantly guilty, sit and smile while unsavory lawyers avoid crime…” Let’s be clear here. Throughout our history, “obviously guilty” has been a code phrase to dislike the appearance of an accused. We all know the bright-eyed guy of movie fame who doesn’t seem remorseful enough, and others we call thugs. I think to suggest assuming the guilt of the accused’s innocence because of his appearance and behavior is totally anti-American.
If we really want freedom, if we really want justice, then we cannot pretend to judge people just because they are different and disagree with our views. Both of these letters failed in this regard.