In response to a letter appearing Jan. 5 column, “Another civil war?”:
First, the article compares the end of slavery to a new civil war whose purpose would be to deny liberals the freedom of speech enjoyed by conservatives. Hardly a legitimate comparison.
Second, the writer complains of “forced submission to political correctness and liberal ideology.” The publication of his article shows no such submission has taken place.
I do understand the idea of forced submission in terms of paying taxes that support activities we do not personally agree with. That is a burden common to all.
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Third, the article says: “Will another civil war be necessary? Sadly, human nature does not change.” This sequence begs the answer: Yes, but sadly so.
I disagree. Our forefathers had to fight for their freedom and ours because there was no such representative democracy. Slavery required a violent confrontation because the words from our Declaration of Independence, “all men are created equal,” were not practiced.
Today we enjoy much more equal representation than our forefathers, even in this day of aggressively partisan redistricting. Talk of civil war being “necessary” is both dangerous and unjustified.
— Bill Lanford, Haltom City