Capitol dome

FILE — The dome of the Capitol is seen in on Capitol Hill Washington, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

To the editor —Americans haven't actually become stupid. They have become blindly complacent.

Fifty years ago, people had animals around the house, but not in it. Most livestock lived outside because people were smart enough to understand that God provided them with a fur coat for a reason.

A half century ago, a generation who was still wet behind the ears didn't change the definition of words and condescendingly see it as their duty to explain the meanings to the older generation.

Fifty years ago, attorneys practiced law. Now, we see many of them, who have become millionaires, wrangling election to Congress to become billionaires and pursuing their own narcissistic dreams rather than the needs of the people they were elected to represent.

Meanwhile, we've fallen into conditioned complacency.

MICK PHILLIPS

Yakima