Friday, August 7, 2020
Aug. 7, 2020

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Letter: Beware of real danger


To my still relatively free fellow Americans:

To make sure you don’t run out of things to worry about, let me add what might be the most dangerous eventuality of our current pandemic.

For as long as there have been tyrants in high office we’ve seen them use crises as a way to seize power and erode or even eliminate our freedoms. After 9/11, it was some of our privacy. In 1938 in Europe, it was the removal of elections followed by the worst atrocities of the century.

With the emotional adolescent in the White House surrounded by ever more dangerous advisers and now calling himself the “wartime president” (miraculous recovery from debilitating bone spurs?) we must remain vigilant.

For more insight, read Chapter 17 of Timothy Snyder’s book, “On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century,” titled “Listen for Dangerous Words.”

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