To the Editor:
In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America reflected on much in America during that period.
If he were capable of a return visit today, his reflections on contemporary America might be quite different.
• For half of its citizens, if a president says anything loud enough and long enough, it is the truth.
• As a reflection of the groups of people they represent, political parties exist not to solve problems, address the needs of the people, and participate in the protection of the nation. They do not exist to compromise for the common good. They exist to dominate.They exist to control. They exist to prevail.
• Sacrifice for the sake of society's well-being is no longer highly regarded. Personal entitlement, in all things, is expected.
• Greed, especially among the most wealthy, is encouraged.
• Guns, of increasing magnitude and destructive power, appear in the unrestricted hands of anyone. Children, like everyone else, can be targets.
• In spite of a great deal of public pronouncements to the contrary, some lives simply do not matter.
• Pretending has become an art and a science. It has replaced thorough observation and factual analysis in the solution of problems. Citizens, and their elected officials, have extended "Fantasyland" beyond all Disney boarders.
Surely, de Tocqueville would comment on these changes in America. Just as certain is that, sooner or later, the world's communist regimes will realize an alternative to costly conflicts or "interfered with elections" to impose their dominance.
Simply leave America alone, and in time, she will destroy herself.