- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Former major-league slugger Darryl Strawberry to speak at La Croix (9/20/17)
- Young entrepreneurs add fresh ideas, unique offerings for area market (9/18/17)
Hard to support nation doing something wrong
To the editor:
In response to Jack Stapleton's recent column "Everybody loves a winner -- maybe not": Stapleton seems to be saying that the administration's policy may be wrong, but it is rather hard to oppose it. He gives all the reasons why the alleged transfer of democracy to Iraq is like a ghostly figment of the imagination.
Stapleton is the only columnist I have read who says something I also say: that Saddam Hussein must be useful as a kind of example. He shows us what we could be if we took just a slightly different turn.
Stapleton also seems to be saying that you kind of have to go along with this. Everybody went along with Saddam, didn't they? But America has coercion without the killing. The idea that you can't oppose it makes sense, because you have to be a good citizen, and it's hard to find the alternative without being hateful yourself.
I try to envision a way to actively oppose these anti-democratic invasive policies of unilateral interventionism. This is a nation which makes a special class out of the rich, ignores the poor and then tries to buy elections, and we have to love these people and be part of the nation. But how can you be part of the nation when the nation is doing something wrong? We are like a third-world dictatorship. Somebody has to come along and lead us without hatred and divisiveness.
River Forest, Ill.