Letter: Worrisome precedent to angry MAGA crowds

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To the editor:

Maybe it was the phrase "question authority" from the '60s that stuck with me. Maybe I'm just obstinate. For whatever reason, I have always been blessed/cursed with strong feelings of doubt and skepticism that come whenever I am in a group situation and feel the tide pushing me to go along with a group decision. I often find myself wondering, "Should I speak out in disagreement; maybe it's me that is wrong." More often than not, I have ultimately believed it best to speak my mind (sometimes to my detriment) and let the chips fall as they may.

Maybe we think it can't happen today in the USA, that fever that grabs mobs and whole countries in its grasp, causing normally sane, moral people to buy into terrible things. We've seen it in Germany, in Italy, in lynch mobs here not that many years ago. It is described in the Gospels, the crowds of people changing virtually overnight from welcoming Jesus as a hero to crying out for his crucifixion.

Do those MAGA crowds really believe the malarkey the orange one is telling them? Whatever happened to weighing the facts right in front of our eyes? What glories, power or riches can possibly be worth it, the willingness to go against our own beliefs and principles? I only know when I look into the eyes of Lindsey Graham that the answer for me is that nothing is worth it. He looks haunted and well he should. I may not see a handsome face when I look in the mirror, but at least it's mine and I recognize it. I wonder what Lindsey or Marco Rubio or Susan Collins see?

Shakespeare said it right when he said, "to thine own self, be true." What else do we really have?

Scott Haskell,

Lenox

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