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Reader Opinion: Fear of fear Itself

Maybe I'm a little na?ve, but I have a hard time understanding how fear and hate can drive an election result, but politicians have no problem with this concept. And they use it! When thousands of immigrants from violent dictatorships take on a d...

Maybe I'm a little naïve, but I have a hard time understanding how fear and hate can drive an election result, but politicians have no problem with this concept. And they use it! When thousands of immigrants from violent dictatorships take on a dangerous journey in search of a better life, you would think that the first instinct of Americans would be, "How can we help?" There are good factual arguments to determine who and how many people should be allowed to enter the USA, and how this immigration affects American citizens (does it take American jobs, will it put a strain on the welfare system, are these people here to engage in crime) but politicians find it easier to use these people to promote a political agenda. Human nature makes people already leery of those who look a little different, or speak a different language, or worship a different god. Politicians find it easy to exploit this uneasiness into full fledged hatred, usually with information that is totally false. Unfortunately, nobody is better at this than our president, with no condemnation from the current Republican Congress.

It is a shame that politicians think nothing about ruining people's lives, on any issue, all in pursuit of power. You can see what hate and divisiveness has done to the country, but they cannot do it without the votes. Please, when voting, try to determine the honest truth about the concerns that are of interest to you, and which candidate best serves those interests. And by all means vote!

Bob Gillespie

Brainerd

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