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October 18, 2013

Letter: Default close call should be wakeup call for all

To the editor:

I join with, I dare say, the great majority of Americans in this country who gladly see that our government is “up and running” again.

My hope for the future of our democracy remains intact because courage subdues unpalatable tactics.

Make no mistake.

This debacle was not truly about the Affordable Care Act, nor fully about the debt ceiling but about bringing down the government down to be shaped according to a universe occupied by a frenzied few. These frenzied few have gathered strength in the boldness needed to bring about their extreme adherence to a far right agenda.

They do not realize, yet, that the bulk of this nation’s ideals lies squarely in middle America’s ideals, which are steady, patriotic and mixed in with great doses of common sense.

The tactics of blackmail, when uncovered, never bode well. We Americans will keep our individual views of what we want for our country (our precious freedom of speech) but we need to be careful of how we bring our views to bare.

The tactics used in this chaotic delirium brought our country to the brink of disaster.

Much has been lost in terms of hardworking Americans living from paycheck to paycheck, in terms of legitimate subsidies to feed our children and a big dip in credibility worldwide.

I do not despair that we can never fully recover — of course we can. Just know that in dollars this shutdown has cost us $24,000,000,000,000. Count the zeros. It is a truisim that one needs to “be careful what you wish for.”

The “survivalists” in our country have been preparing for the end of the world during these past two weeks: no joke. They have shifted from going up in flames to fearing an economic meltdown of disastrous proportions. Extremes come in all sizes — a sidebar of individual freedoms.

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