EDITOR: Since I was raised in Placerville and still have family here, I feel a strong obligation to respond to a couple of letters recently published.
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One of the unforeseen effects of the Internet has been a proliferation of fringe points of view, lending the veneer of legitimacy to absurd paranoia. Too many have lost their ability to verify their information. To distinguish between fact and fiction.
The letter “Wake Up” published in the Mountain Democrat on Feb. 27 curried favorable commentary, and another supportive letter “Waking up is hard to do” on March 11.
I picked over the original and pulled out the following crazy statements:
“Many people all over the U.S. have seen foreign tanks and soldiers driving through the towns, doing drills, and their tanks driving on their roads.”
“The U.S. has sold most of the waterways and ports along the U.S. borders to China and Russia allowing them to cruise around our country at will with their submarines, aircraft carriers, etc.”
“Now many cities are paying citizens money to turn in your neighbors, to spy on your neighbors.”
I call baloney…
Upon these crazy notions the author builds a theory of conspiracy worthy of the Birchers. My question for her and her supporters: By what possible right do you perpetuate lies like this?
Castle Rock, Wash.
The real problem is political polarization, but it’s where it occurs in the citizenry that’s the crux. I ask you again, by what right do you refuse to take responsibility for your information?
You must really want to see government as a megalithic enemy to fall so completely into such paranoia. You and your favorable commentators are a big part of the problems currently afflicting our country. Misinformed extremists seducing otherwise decent conservatives with delusions of righteousness.