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Tsongas' Star Wars views are dismaying

I enjoyed Paul Tsongas' speech Wednesday, Oct. 2. On the whole, I found him to be wise, charming, and all that. I am also glad that he at least briefly discussed the infeasibility of Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative.

I was, however, a bit dismayed when he assured us that the Star Wars program is nothing for us to worry about. He said the program would eventually disappear because the American people would realize it is not in their best interests before long. According to his "keel" theory, our government sooner or later does what its people want.

There have been situations, though, in recent US history in which our government seems to have acted against the will of the majority of Americans. One example is Nixon's secret bombing of Cambodia during a time of intense anti-war demonstration. Another example is Reagan's push for cuts in social security benefits, farm subsidies, and higher education financial aid. Do Americans really want these cuts?

The "keel" theory does not say how much time or public demonstration is necessary before the government responds to the needs and desires of the people. For SDI funding to cease, we may all have to go onto our grooves and shout for an end to this technological arms race. Even when Congress finally stops funding Star Wars, a large part of the trillion dollars estimated for it may already have been wasted.

Julian Joseph '85->