Letters to the editor on the West’s demise, war on immigrants

03/17/2014 5:57 PM

03/17/2014 5:57 PM

The West is not worth following

The American Conservative magazine recently commented on China’s and India’s unwillingness to join the West in condemning Russia for intervention in Ukraine-Crimea. It observed: “China, Russia and India may be laying the groundwork for a coalition free of what they perceive to be the latest form of Western imperialism: sanctions, exclusion from summits, and influence in the United Nations.” And who can blame them?

The West, led by America, has filled the world with its unbridled materialism, counterfeit central banking and unprincipled political subversion. Look at the recent U.N. conference on climate change in Poland: Nearly everyone except the West walked out in protest. The West is no longer leading because the West is no longer worth following.

It is only a matter of time until the great Western monolith, which was long ago unmoored from the unique Western values that made it great, must come crashing down. Nature abhors a vacuum, and the West is now bereft of foundations capable of sustaining civilization. Something else must rise from the coming chaos to fill the civil void, and five will get you 10 that it is not going to be good news for those who love individual freedom and social justice.

BOB LOVE

Wichita

Failed wars

The failed war on undocumented immigrants is just like the failed war on drugs. Both pseudo wars are focused on the wrong people by design to give the illusion of a real attempt to fix a problem.

The war on drugs focuses on low-level street dealers and fills our jails with young black and brown people while never making a dent in drug use or violence and while costing the U.S. taxpayer billions of dollars each year. The war on undocumented workers also focuses on the black and brown people by creating idiotic voter-suppression laws, mass incarcerations and deportations, and by ripping apart families while making it harder for everyone to exercise the right to vote and costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

The real reason we have so many undocumented workers in this country is because corporate giants, with the help of politicians, manufactured the North American Free Trade Agreement. NAFTA created the demand for immigrant workers to bust unions and lower wages. It destroyed the small farmer in South America, causing massive immigration into this country by innocent people who just wanted to make a decent living for their families.

Once they got here, politicians like Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach played on the worst fears of the majority. Fear allowed Kobach to find a solution in search of a nonexistent problem to protect the very corporations and politicians that have corrupted the American political system.

REUBEN D. ECKELS

Wichita

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