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Fanaticism leads to disaster


The government shutdown is yet another skirmish between two schools of fanatics with the loser once again the American people. On one hand, we have the fanatics blindly insisting on equal rights regardless of financial or moral cost and on the other, there are the fanatics driven by their religion, blind belief in doing what’s good for business regardless of what that does to the middle folks.

In the middle of this ideological war is a president short on experience and who relies more on being an expert speaker than expert arbiter of opposing factions.

Fanaticism of any kind never works and always ends in disaster.

Today America is paralyzed by a small group of fanatics calling themselves the Tea Party, conservatives and moral right-wingers. They managed to bring our country to a standstill, succeeding even to shut the government down costing billions to the economy and a million jobs.

Some of them even hail this as victory because “it’s good to have less government.” But most of these people are young, have never experienced personally what happens in a state of chaos and fail to realize that the world continues to move toward a globalized society which requires more, not less, central control and good leadership.

This, too, shall pass. The question, however, is whether it passes by the public replacing elected officials who made this happen or waiting for the United States military to decide it’s time to save our country by taking over government. Worse still, it could end by so dramatically weakening our nation politically and economically that our national security collapses to a level making it easy for a foreign nation to take control of the United States.

Will our leaders wake up before it’s too late?

Gunther Karger, Homestead

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