The presidential campaign is transitioning from the comic entertainment phase to a truly disturbing trend. History teaches us that bad things come from extremist leaders who arise in times of crisis by appealing to the basest instincts of the population.

It is imperative now that reasonable people make their voices heard and reject extremism in all forms.

South Carolina, by virtue of having one of the early primaries, has an opportunity to make a major contribution to the country by soundly rejecting extremist candidates.

For too long we have been viewed as the whoopee cushion of the nation, and more recently the source of much worse.

Let’s finally let the country see something good come from our state.

Daniel R. Knapp

Farmfield Avenue

Charleston