Reader's View: ‘Preparedness is hardly paranoia’

Cheating isn’t democracy, crime and recidivism don’t define civilized society, and propaganda hardly portends inevitability.

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Thirty years after the 1972 invention of the microchip, millions of technology workers who’d pursued information-sector careers, laid off after the 9/11 attacks, faced anemic reemployment and fallacious claims of labor shortages and skills gaps. Technological advances, increasing productivity, became the de facto narrative explaining unemployment. Workers who’d recovered had just started processing how failed housing-for-all policies caused the 2008 financial collapse when a 2009 report proved epic trade-policy failures caused decades of U.S. manufacturing declines. Failed foreign-trade policies, enabling U.S. manufacturing to be exported to places like China, caused massive transfers of wealth from middle-class Americans to the globalist elite.

Where were the union protests against those trade policies? They enabled a communist country to endanger American national security, and only during a pandemic have Americans perhaps become prescient enough to see that the administration of President Joe Biden is compromising the American workforce and incentivizing compliance rather than hard work — at the exact moment it’s facilitating an illegal invasion of immigrants.

President Donald Trump, like a point man drawing fire, stood against a litany of lies and hateful attacks from many benefiting from those failed policies. He exposed deeply corrupted bastions from within government and American corporations and proved America’s core manufacturing strength could be restored — an opportunity that could quickly be lost, like a planet spinning away.

Letters in the News Tribune crying about election laws updated to thwart cheating sound more like somebody moved their cheese. Wisconsin’s care-facility cases and illegal ballot harvesting contradict claims of needing thousands to perpetrate voter fraud. Cheating isn’t democracy, crime and recidivism don’t define civilized society, and propaganda hardly portends inevitability. American liberties, the basis for America’s founding, are the essence of our uniqueness. We are “the people,” America’s our country, and preparedness is hardly paranoia.

Warner Gouin


Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota

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