This is in regard to Larry Skow’s Jan. 27 letter to the Press & Dakotan. It is always tempting to not respond to misinformation, but I cannot hope for a better tomorrow for my country unless we address ignorance and misunderstanding. I am hopeful my fellow citizens have adequate morality and sense if they have accurate information. Over my lifetime I have benefited by being challenged in my opinions and beliefs. I hope the same is true for others.
First, the presidential election was not stolen. Mr. Trump lost. If Mr. Biden had lost I would sadly have accepted that. One candidate always loses; one candidate always wins. Perhaps Mr. Trump’s victory in South Dakota was corrupt and I should forever hold on to that belief, but that would be a waste of my time and energy.
Second, Mr. Skow, there is a difference between communism and socialism and I think you should be embarrassed not to know that, assuming you are of adult age.
Third, I could not make any sense of your sentences regarding the USA “not” being a democracy, that democracy “always” turns to mob rule, etc. We are a democracy or, more accurately, a democratic republic. You should have learned that from your parents if you weren’t listening to your teacher in Civics class.
Fourth, to maintain a society that allows free speech requires some degree of honesty and responsibility. That is why you can’t falsely yell “fire” in a crowded theater. You should have learned that in high school when you should have also learned the difference between socialism and communism.