Letter: When will we wake up and realize that “we have met the enemy, and he is us”?

FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, an American flag flies outside the Department of Justice in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Is the United States of America committing suicide by pandemic?

Have we become so divided that we are unable to believe in each other or in our leaders?

Have we fallen for the lie that our own presidential election was corrupt so, therefore, we do not have to work with or believe anything said or promoted by our “enemy” -- the other team?

Is this all just a game of sport?

Are we so unequally treated that many of us feel they are no longer a part of any team?

Have we stopped believing in justice because our courts are removing our rights to fair elections, or refusing to uphold laws of equality for all, or forcing us to become living incubators?

Are our elected leaders refusing to tax the upper classes in order to give the opportunities of a “life-giving” wage to those in despair, or to pass laws necessary to save our homes from severe floods and fires, or even to save our children from death by gun fire?

Are we becoming suicidal and killers because we can’t afford any place to live or food to feed our families, or find jobs with health insurance, affordable medicine, child care, or other first world “once upon a time” benefits?

Are Americans feeling replaced by technology, suffocated by debt, lost in a lower class with nowhere to go but down?

Have we become such staunch believers of myths that we will follow media voices leading us and our loved ones to their deaths?

Is this the country that we pledged allegiance to after 9/11, or that our military died for in past world wars?

When will we stop listening to fairy tales, wake up, and realize that “we have met the enemy, and he is us”?

Bev Terry, Salt Lake City

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