America has gone back to the 1920s

America has gone back to the 1920s

A strong desire to stem the tide of immigration and rid America of foreign scum, the desire to create a pro-business environment that wants to deregulate and offer the wealthy huge tax breaks, a willingness to reduce America's role in world affairs and create international economic instability through a protective trade policy, an administration accused of scandals, growing racial tension and hatred — sound familiar?

All of these were part of America in the 1920s, and many would argue America in 2018 as well. It is said that those who fail to learn history are destined to repeat it, and I wonder if we missed a few lessons along the way.

Unfortunately, the 1920s was followed by an economic depression of unprecedented proportion and a world war that killed millions and ruined the lives of countless others. I pray the parallels between the 1920s and today will not send us down a similar path.

SCOTT DAVIS

Champaign

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