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June 22, 1986
Goodwin's column is right on target, for he accurately portrays the mind-set that is guiding our present military policy. While President Reagan's policies appear to be new, they are not. We in the West have a rather ignoble tradition of vigilantism. California, especially, was known for vigilante actions in the period of 1850-1900, when the respected middle-class businessman, eager for swift justice, bypassed the law and directly pursued the alleged criminal. I believe we are seeing a repeat of this action today.
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June 22, 1986
I was left with a feeling of frustration and helplessness when I read Goodwin's column. I quote from his warning sentence "Public men must be judged by their public acts. By that standard, the only possible standard, President Ronald Reagan is a very dangerous man." Has the President's much publicized popularity gone to his head? How dare he threaten our very existence. "The Great Communicator" is now communicating world destruction and chaos. His overriding conceit sees himself as a "man on horseback," a Commander-in-Chief of a nation at war. Is there no way that his "public" can understand the danger we are in?
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