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Letter: I'll tell you what Democrats are worried about

Hulse writes, "Whether anyone reading this is a 'Democrat, Republican, Conservative or Independent,' we should all be concerned when so many Americans of voting age demonstrate the effects of propaganda—that is, parroting phrases verbatim crafted by the spin doctors for democratic destruction."

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Here’s my answer to the question " What are Democrats so afraid of? " posed by Dennis Gullickson in a recent letter to the editor.

My answer: Whether anyone reading this is a “Democrat, Republican, Conservative or Independent,” we should all be concerned when so many Americans of voting age demonstrate the effects of propaganda—that is, parroting phrases verbatim crafted by the spin doctors for democratic destruction.

Fear is indeed a tool favored by oppressors, but I would think twice if I were Gullickson before pointing a biased finger at the FBI, a federal agency constrained by congressional oversight. If anyone weaponized anything, it would appear to be the folks selling—and buying—all the Alex Jones-style conspiracy theories featuring, front and center, the “Deep State.”

Fear can be a learned behavior. Stupid is most often a well-deserved outcome for the intellectually lazy. For democracy to succeed, voters must be well-informed, not pawns for the power hungry.

Dean Hulse lives in Fargo.

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