American government should inform and prepare its citizens for war, economic crises and unforeseen maladies. But there is nothing wrong with fear if it emboldens, prepares and motivates people to be psychologically ready for dangers, whether they be from foreign adversaries, off-the-chart inflation or even a food shortage.

Human beings have a capacity for incredible endurance and discomfort while maintaining the ability to protect their families and fellow citizens. Just look at the social pressures we have endured so far: an attempted (public-acquiesced) coup on a president, the nefarious impeachments of a president and the catastrophic incapacity of the present president, who lacks all clarity of intention when it comes to Russia, China, Iran and North Korea.

Furthermore, Americans need to grow up and behave like the Americans of history. It is deafening to hear to the wailing of the crowds about inflation, all the COVID-19 variants, food shortages and the inability to find “meaningful work.” Try fighting Nazis in France or North Vietnamese in the jungles of Vietnam. Try living through the Great Depression. Oh, that’s right — most Americans have not been taught about these catastrophic events or how people overcame them.



ANDY FARKAS

Traverse City, Mich.

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