Common Sense

RECEIVED Fri., Feb. 26, 2016

Dear Editor,
    Of the 270 newspapers in Texas, yours is the first one looked at by this western Pennsylvania writer echoing Thomas Paine and delighted to find you already endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders in the presidential race ["Chronicle Endorsements," News, Feb. 12]. Almost overnight, early in 1776, Common Sense's argument for revolution and outline of a People's Republic changed British colonials into independent Americans. Their fight for economic and social justice inspired all the subsequent revolutions, from the French in 1789 to ours in 2016.
    What a thrill for us veterans of 1968. Ending the racist class war in Vietnam united the country then, while today the most urgent issue is the environment, except for Republicans and status quo Democrats like Hillary Clinton.
    There is too much carbon in the atmosphere and every day 130 species go extinct, far above normal. American ignorance and fear of socialism is the fundamental problem, making health care for all at half the cost seem unattainable, fossil fuels somehow preferable, and government of, by, and for the billionaires inescapable.
    The vast majority of Americans want and need fundamental change, and thanks to the Sanders campaign, all they have to do achieve it is register and vote. Thanks are also due the Declaration of Independence, the first post-colonial document, and U.S. Constitution, establishing the first secular federal government dedicated to the public interest.
Jim Greenwood
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