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Letter to the editor: Collective craziness

| Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, 10:03 a.m.

Collective craziness is afoot in America. Witness the collective stupidity of a sizable portion of the electorate that put someone like Trump in office. Or the collective deviltry of the Republican party that continues the anti-democratic practice of voter suppression.

There also has to be some collective force behind the mass murders that occur with regularity and cause such grief. Since the only constant in all of them is guns, my own take on it is that it’s the collective subconscious gun-nuttiness of the NRA, which, every time a massacre occurs, seizes the opportunity to rail against the “wussies” who are too wimpy to cradle AR-15s in their arms.

What can explain the complete inertia of our entire political system in the face of such craziness? It lacks the machinery to combat these mysterious collective forces that boil up from some type of nether world.

I am hoping that the Nov. 6 blue-wave election results presaged the emergence of another collective, the collective wisdom of the American electorate. However, a sustained and indomitable outcry must accompany this auspicious beginning. Trump resistance must remain strong and focused. Voter suppression must be resoundingly condemned and thwarted. And the absurd slippery-slope NRA argument against any strong national gun-control effort must be roundly ridiculed and faulted for its scare-mongering and weak logic.

Robert Jedrzejewski

Tarentum

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