What do history's most notorious despots have in common with many of the flag-waving, patriotic politicians of our day? Both groups rise to power through the exploitation of fear, which has become a societal plague. There have been widespread casualties. We need an antidote. Feardom offers its readers a much-needed immunization.
The following is a letter I wrote for a class assignment on April 7, 1992. I was 10.5 years old at the time.
There have been a lot of jokes about what happened when we went to war with you. Some are super scary!! Most are about your military going on revenge because you don’t treat them well. They aren’t pleasant jokes and they can’t be stopped! I’m GLAD!! The jokes vary on different topics and scenes. One is about a missionary coming to visit you and he throws you into a lava pit. Another one is when you marry an American and she runs you over with her 4×4. She received the 4×4 because she was a Jeep & Eagle dealer. You go to a cemetery in January because you died.
My teacher’s written response on the top of the assignment reads:
Well…. what can I say? You accomplished the task… and eliminated a world menace… all at the same time! :)
Apparently my affinity for politics and world events started at a younger age than I originally thought…