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Bill Maher & Roseanne Barr have broken with liberal orthodoxy

To The Daily Sun,

I'm asking the left just how wrong can I be when two of the pre-eminent liberal celebrities of the past 30-40 years agree with me.

I know the name Bill Maher is no stranger to the ears of liberal progressives. He has been at the forefront of liberal philosophy for decades; he drives conservatives like myself crazy most of the time, yet it is he who has been taking other liberals out behind the shed for their stands on Muslims. Maher, on one of his programs, recently called them to account when he told them that he was the liberal here and that their support of Muslims issues was not right. He reminded them that the Muslim religion stands diametrically opposite to every liberal value they say they stand for. Not easy words for the left to swallow but so true, so very true.

Now we have Roseanne Barr, the lady Donald Trump loves to insult, all of you on the left have cheered her for years. Well bad news, Roseanne has sworn off the Kool-Aid it seems. Recently in Israel, she gave a speech saying some shocking things. She was talking about the (BDS) Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions crowd. A few of her comments: "I had to admit that many of those I considered comrades were naked bigots who had absolutely no interest in peace talks between Israel and Palestinian Arabs at all as I did." Also: "Everything I'd ever believed about the left was severely shaken and the scales began to fall from my eyes in many ways. Then too: it was shocking to realize that what I considered criticism of Israel many times gave way to garden variety antisemitism."

She has come to recognize that our collages and universities have become BDS factories whose members have no interest in peace or even peace negotiations. She calls them "Brown Shirts" who try to shout down opposition voices.

Now any of those on the left who are busy typing out their letters deriding my previous letters and calling me names may now start eating those words.

Steve Earle


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Should Ayotte abstain from Senate votes until the people speak?

To The Daily Sun,

Kelly Ayotte is reaching new heights of hypocrisy and double-talk, even for her, when she tries to justify stonewalling the Supreme Court nomination by saying that she wants to "ensure that New Hampshire citizens have a voice."

What she doesn't say is that she's taking the voice away from every American, including the 52 percent of those who cast ballots in New Hampshire, who voted for this president. In 2012 they elected him for a four-year term — not a three-year one. Maybe she thinks we are only allowed three-quarters of a vote.

Of course if she really was being honest when she claims that "the people of New Hampshire must have a say" she wouldn't have already voted against the majority opinion of our state's citizens by voting to defund Planned Parenthood, to make access to contraception harder, for Paul Ryan's plan to end Medicare as we know it, to eliminate Medicaid expansion, against clean water protections, against paycheck fairness, or to allow potential terrorists access to guns and weapons.

And if she really believed her doublespeak, there is one other step she should take.

We have a hotly contested race for her Senate seat this year in New Hampshire. And as in the upcoming presidential election there are many important issues at stake. So, if she was telling the truth when she said that New Hampshire voters "deserve an opportunity to weigh in given the significant implications" she should abstain from all votes in the Senate "until the people have spoken" in November's election.

Think she will? Don't hold your breath. Hypocrisy fits her too well for her to practice what she preaches.

Ed Allard

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