Letters: The great American way

Re: ‘Those who obey the law have no fear’ (Metro, Jan. 6)

Letter writer John Francis Fox, who responded to the letter “Who needs enemies when you have the government?” is living in a fantasy world if he thinks that we have nothing to fear from the government if we “aren’t doing anything wrong.” Need I remind you of historical examples like the Japanese internment, or perhaps the contemporary fact that the United States has by far the largest prison population per capita in the world? How about the recent Supreme Court ruling that police are not meant to “protect and serve,” as we’d always thought, but simply to enforce the law, whatever it may be. Of course, many low income citizens are already aware of that kind of policing, especially those targeted by policies like stop-and-frisk.

We owe the government no support for its brutal and vengeful actions post-9/11, even though we lost so many innocent American lives that day. The U.S. government has killed hundreds of thousands of Iraqi and Afghan civilians, including thousands of children, since we invaded the Middle East. But whatever it takes to keep us Americans safe, right, John?

Alexandra Bernson, via email

John Francis Fox has a lot of faith in our government’s infallible ability to separate those who break the law from those who do not — after all, no innocent person is ever convicted, held or punished when they have not committed any offense. The ability and desire of our government to punish only those who have done wrong should be unimpeded based on its record, and its wisdom and discernment in these matters should remain unquestioned. After all, it’s what democracy and the Constitution are all about.

John Woods, via email


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