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Reader Opinion: Imposed Solutions

Bullets are effective ways to impose solutions. They quiet voices we do not want to hear. They take care of our frustration of not getting our way. They can be instruments of imposing our will on those who see the world differently ... those who ...

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Bullets are effective ways to impose solutions. They quiet voices we do not want to hear. They take care of our frustration of not getting our way. They can be instruments of imposing our will on those who see the world differently ... those who have different priorities and goals. They are an attempt at social engineering, changing the natural course of events or the natural directions of society by eliminating voices, resources and leadership we prefer not to hear or deal with.

That is what a bullet did on June 5th, 1968, with the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy 47 years ago this Friday.

That year culminated a period of several years beginning in 1963 with the assassination of the other Kennedy brother, both killed trying to be of service to the American public ... the highest price any political family has paid for public service, in our history. After that came growing pressure away from the democratizing forces in this society and toward more control of dissent and difference. In that process Martin Luther King, Jr. is also killed, Kent State happens, the anti-war and civil rights movements grow and the police over-react in Chicago at the Democratic Convention.

In the process, important American voices and leadership were forever silenced. And we continued our slow progress toward a society controlled by the rich and powerful with full surveillance of its citizens in which dissent and exposing abuses become very dangerous.

Bullets are final and forever. There is no do-over or a chance to change your mind ... you must be absolutely sure before that bullet leaves the gun.

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Our bullets continue to try to impose solutions, refusing to regulate any kind of domestic gun ownership and trying to impose "American Solutions" around the world with our massive armies.

Bob Passi

Baxter

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