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Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was president of the United States during two of the most fearful periods in our history, the period of the great depression and the time of World War II, was a man who overcame personal fear and worked to allay national fears during these two turbulent times. He famously told the American people, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

Once again we find ourselves in fearful times and responding to them with fear. Ttoo many of us are giving into the fear and allowing it to change who we are. We are a nation built on faith in God and in our fellow human beings. Fear begets anger and hatred. It short circuits reasoning and humaneness. By allowing a small percentage of misfits to control us through fear, we are losing sight of what is most precious to us. This is precisely what they want.



Today I saw a post by Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau. He said: “Fear doesn’t make us safer, it makes us weaker.”

Perhaps we can’t help but be fearful but we can help how we respond to fear.

Only by setting aside our fears can we reasonably expect to begin to figure out the best way to solve the dilemma and enjoy the blessings of democracy again to the full.

Until next time readers and writers,

Ellie Pulikonda, Author/Writer


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