Recent tragic events have deepened worries about terrorists and how we should cope with the evil and the deranged in order to safeguard our security and freedom. Sadly the president’s first response to the callous carnage in San Bernardino, Calif., was for more federal gun control — even though such a plan would only have further aborted our ability to defend ourselves and our families.
Further and since that dreadful day, government public-service messages have been urging us to report any “suspicious activities” of our friends and families. Of course, we should have prudent protective programs, but that “suspicious activities” message also invokes a chilling reminder of other, darker kinds of government.
Will our nervous nation now stumble toward a bleak and blighted Orwellian future? Will we anxiously abandon what James Madison once defined as “everything to which a man may attach a value and have a right”? Will this now become our own “Brave New World”? I don’t know — I’m just asking.
LARRY D. KUMP
Falling Waters, W.V.