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Letter: Republican candidates are big disappointment

Republican candidates are big disappointment

I tuned in to the Dec. 15 Republican presidential debate hoping to hear some ideas from the candidates on how they planned on helping the ever shrinking middle class deal with the skyrocketing cost of college education, housing, etc. What I saw was basically the usual sniping between the millionaires (OK, at least one billionaire) on stage and a debate mostly filled with fear-mongering rhetoric. I should have known better and watched the Sabres game instead.

As I continued looking on, I couldn’t help but think of a couple of quotes from two former U.S. presidents and what their thoughts would be today had they witnessed this spectacle.

Franklin Roosevelt once said that “we have nothing to fear but fear itself” and Dwight Eisenhower warned us of the dangers posed to our democracy by “the military-industrial complex.” Both FDR and Ike got it right. Sen. Rand Paul got it right, too, when he said, “We defeat terrorism by showing that we do not fear them.” Unfortunately, the other folks on stage did not, and only seem to care about fanning the flames of fear and hatred for their own perceived benefit.

Daniel Glowacki