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Letter: Fringe element is polarizing nation, destroying humanity

Fringe element is polarizing nation, destroying humanity

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have never voted Republican for national office. I really hoped that this election would be different. However, John Kasich never had a chance of competing in a spectacle geared toward self-interest and scorn for common decency, civility and rational debate. We have become a nation of spoiled brats looking for instant gratification found in advocating simplistic solutions to serious problems in the world.

Out of fear and prejudice, we look to a strong man (or woman) to handle the messy details of governing in the land of the free and home of the brave. Everyone seems to have an opinion these days about who may be superior or inferior to whom. As we become more polarized, the “branding” of people is evermore vicious in ascribing motives and attributes to one’s perceived opponent of the day.

Every modern-day president since Ronald Reagan has been viewed through the prism of good versus evil and has been branded by fringe elements of society as either savior sent to deliver or devil sent to destroy us. But the fringes have been nibbling away at the dignity inherent in inhumanity. As Pogo said, “We have met the enemy, and he is us.” Thus we find ourselves saddled with a choice between two candidates vying to take us to the same destination – Reagan’s “rendezvous with destiny” – on different tracks. Get ready for a very rough ride.

John C. Hermes

Lackawanna

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