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Letters to the editor, May 20

Defend our rights

Busybodies snoop and tell us what to believe, what to do, what to say. They’re obnoxious wanna-be totalitarians with words.

Much of political correctness involves the prejudices and demands of busybodies.

Nevertheless, although “Sticks and stones may break my bones,” words can’t hurt us unless we let them. We can ignore busybodies.

The dangerous are those willing to make us do what they want by using “sticks and stones” (violence) or the power of government, which can legally confiscate, imprison, kill.

These dangerous include criminals and gangs motivated by personal interest. The Second Amendment and government itself can work against them

Most dangerous are fanatic totalitarians motivated by emotionally charged belief systems and in mass movements, such as militant Islam and various forms of Marxism.

Such fanatics are a constant danger everywhere for hit-and-run raids and attacks by foreign states, North Korea and Iran, for example. Government can also work against them — unless political correctness is more important (Boston? Benghazi?).

In our country, leftists — including some politicians and unelected bureaucrats — are the ones now most likely to use our own government to “fundamentally transform” America as they wish, whether we like it or not.

We must be eternally vigilant in defending our protection against them, our constitutionally guaranteed inalienable natural rights, including “life” and “liberty,” the essence of which is being left alone as much as possible to pursue “happiness,” to live our lives as we wish, not as busybodies, criminals or foreign or domestic totalitarians demand.

Lee Nahrgang,