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Letter: Danger of hearing without thinking

Posted: March 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 13, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

We use words and rhetoric to express ourselves, our opinion. But in today’s politics, there’s such a spin that you can no longer take words at face value.

Do you remember when the United States declared war in order to go to war? We don’t do that anymore — we just go to war. We redefined war.

So why should I believe we won’t redefine non-combat, especially as it pertains to droning American citizens on U.S. soil?

I’m no fan of drones. They should all be dismantled and we should work toward world peace, but this is a pipe dream because people refuse to acknowledge its viability.

Just as we hate both our candidates every election, we file in vast majorities to the same two evils we call out every year. Expand your mind, expand your thinking; if we continually think we are powerless, it will be made so.

Obama has proven to be a hypocrite and a warmonger; he’s a puppet of the status quo. As would Romney have been, as are the majority of candidates and people in politics: they are defenders of the status quo.

We hear their words and we nod as if they speak for us, but no, they speak to us. If we get in their way, they speak at us.

And if we cross them, they will silence us, be it death or detention.

What are we doing? Why are we so short-sighted? Why don’t we read between the lines and think critically?

What good is your mind if you’re not using it except to remember your name to tell the Starbucks employee so they can spell it wrong on your cup?

 

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