Dehumanization has a natural progression. It starts by defining a whole race or ethnicity by its worst members, say Muslims or sex offenders. It moves on to enforce generally applicable laws and rules that especially hurt a targeted group. Then, as the public at large becomes desensitized by governent-sponsored declarations of doom and gloom, the group can be singled out for hatred and harm. Thus begins the descent, step by step, into a moral abyss.
Letters to the Editor
A word in response to Mr. Hartley from Salem. Trump cheating? Huh! You/we all need to be truth seekers and fact checkers. Most of all, we have to stop electing career politicians in both parties whose power and greed come before the good of the country.
In last week’s paper Elizabeth Foster says some good things about dealing with differences of opinion, such as "Solutions are never easy, but careful, consideration, could move all humans to higher ground."
Women of Missouri: Stand up with Beverly McInnis (5/23/19) and all the educated, thinking women like her. Don’t let men legislate our bodies!
Our nation has once again stepped into a morass. It continues to amaze me that thinking and rational minds of people remain polarized. Neither willing to take a step from entrenched beliefs, to begin a search for a solution. Instead each side try to fault, find the other side, attempting to make more noise than the other.