, Salem, MA


February 27, 2014

Anderson: There's more to fear than fear


A friend recently surprised me by saying: “Remember when Michele Obama said that for the first time, she was proud of America? We all thought that showed a shocking lack of understanding of what America was for the first lady: the best country in the history of the world. Well, now I have to say I’m no longer proud of my country. I hesitated to put my flag out on Presidents Day, because it no longer stands for the country I knew.”

Later that week, at a small dinner party, a successful immigrant-American told us, sadly, “This isn’t the county I emigrated to.” He’s lived in countries where freedom can’t be taken for granted. It can no longer be taken for granted here. I understand what my two friends are saying.

But lest we let fear get in the way of productive action, let’s look at what some other people fear. Secretary of State John Kerry said last week that “In a sense, climate change can now be considered another weapon of mass destruction, perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction ... ranks right up there with” other challenges like terrorism, epidemics ... What???

Just in time to help us deal with our fears for America: We laugh. The Obama administration and other liberals will go too far, voters will wake up, and we’ll “convert retreat into advance” to make us proud of America again.

Barbara Anderson of Marblehead is president of Citizens for Limited Taxation and a Salem News columnist.

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