Dear editor,

I am writing in regards to the guest column (“Military heroes deserve a day of remembrance,” May 30).

To name a couple of old ones, the Spanish- American and Vietnam wars both left dictators in control after American blood was shed (for nothing).

It is hard for me to get a warm and fuzzy feeling about this article.

Wars are started by governments, not by populations, and it’s mostly about a government’s desire to increase its influence and power.

What is amazing are wars’ positive psychological effects. This manifestation of a threat, by the government, will create a sense of unity in the people, communal goals, sense of purpose, inspiring and raising people out of the monotony of everyday life. Kind of like viewing or participating in an organized sporting event.

It’s almost seems as if people fight wars because they like it.

Patriotism in war, or in general, seems to have a strange (romantic like) twist that boosts people’s dopamine or serotonin “feel good” hormones.

With our president’s and the GOP’s one-party government we have now — searching for a “higher plane of power” destroying our democracy — war could be inevitable?

Most wars are fought because of oppression by dictatorship and the desire of freedom. Where are we headed?

This current president and the GOP are attempting to strip our freedoms with their discrimination, humanitarian crimes, racism, oppression of the press, propaganda (Fox News, tweets), tariffs on freedom to trade, funneling poor and middle class money to the 1% wealthy, attempting to cut health care to the poor and make giant increases in our government‘s military budget.

This puzzle (if you want to call it that) is pretty easy to put together.

Richard Jones


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