All my life I have wondered how the German people could have let Adolf Hitler come to power.

Today, I am learning how that happened. What were the German people thinking?

What are Americans thinking today?

Article 3 of the Bill of Rights (United States Constitution) states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

Because South Carolina is an early primary state, its residents have the opportunity to reject extremism and to send a message to the country and world as to what we are thinking. We should do so not as so-called conservatives, liberals, Republicans or Democrats but as individuals who are proud American citizens.

Charles Moore

Wildcat Point

Johns Island