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We are losing PR battle to a freedom-sucking socialist agenda

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To the editor,

Apologists for President Obama's energy policies in the letters to The Sun are at best ill informed worshipers and at worst amateur propagandists. Either way, they are propagating the statist mantra that capitalism is inherently bad and responsibility for rising gas prices can't possibly have anything to to with this administration's policies. Also, that the encroachment of government into our lives is the way to prosperity. Liberal, socialist ideology has inculcated ...

To the editor,

Apologists for President Obama's energy policies in the letters to The Sun are at best ill informed worshipers and at worst amateur propagandists. Either way, they are propagating the statist mantra that capitalism is inherently bad and responsibility for rising gas prices can't possibly have anything to to with this administration's policies. Also, that the encroachment of government into our lives is the way to prosperity. Liberal, socialist ideology has inculcated itself into popular, public opinion. Tis time for a reality check, if you please.

Deep water oil drilling is a result of government intrusion. President Obama continued the moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf even though his own hand picked advisory panel recommended just the opposite. Oil rig companies don't wax nostalgic as their rigs collect rust. They move elsewhere. Our president continues to put the kibosh on oil drilling while misleading the public into believing he is responsible for an increase in oil drilling. Under his watch, it has decreased on federal lands. He has given two billion of our federal dollars to the Brazilian oil company, Petrobas while promising that the United States will be a reliable customer. Then, President Obama feigns compassion for oil by promising to accelerate construction of the "southern half of the Keystone XL pipeline".

Obama's energy policy message to the powerful and persuasive environmental movement is Semper Fidelis — always faithful. His relationship with this movement is mercenary, incestuous and self-serving. Despite green technology companies folding faster and faster even with substantial subsidies, our president continues to waste tax payer monies on them in a scandalous example of crony capitalism that those on the left love to rail on about.

The average price of gasoline in January 2009 was $1.84. Today, the national average is $3.94 and climbing. The repeated quantitative easing of our currency, a misnomer if ever there was one, is devaluing our dollar, which makes gas and oil more expensive. This inflationary measure is affecting all goods and services. It is one reason why this recovery is taking much longer than it should, thanks to our government's shenanigans. Entrepreneurial, capitalist technology has vastly expanded energy reserves which would not have happened under a dictatorial, socialist regime which seems to be President Obama's utopian dream. Even if becoming more energy independent through expansion of our oil and natural gas reserves doesn't bring the price down to previous levels, shouldn't we do it just so we can stop purchasing oil from tyrannical countries abroad?

Modern day liberalism is the antithesis of classical liberalism. It brandishes hope and change, cleverly cloaked in the cutesy sounding phrases of social justice, fairness and redistribution of wealth. It hasn't worked in Europe. The Pilgrims almost starved to death, actually some did, while implementing a fairness agenda which created a culture of laziness and irresponsibility. They learned their lesson and thrived with a novel version of free enterprise. While Canada and Australia understand that capitalism is far superior to socialism in all its forms in creating wealth and providing a better life for the lower classes, we are heading in the wrong direction. We are losing in the arena of public opinion to a freedom-sucking socialist agenda which has most of the elitists, most of Hollywood and the vast majority of the media on it's side. The left is attempting to distract us, marginalize us, make it personal and polarize us. It is up to us to again turn the tide of public discourse though the odds are long and the days grow short. If we remain silent in the face of this adversity, then Pogo will be right, "We have met the enemy and he is us".

Russ Wiles

Tilton