To The Daily Sun,
Two recent letters submitted to this wonderful paper were within a month's time of one another, yet seem to hold conflicting views. This is odd only in the sense that they were written by the same person. The first, under the heading: "Yes I do hate President Obama, but for all the right reasons." The other: "We stand against the darkness of intolerance, hate and violence."
My first question is, well which one is it? I'm sure if you get your "news" from a channel called Fox, you can rationalize believing both can be true. What or whom you hate is okay, but no one else is allowed to hate what you believe to be just, or right. And of course the second letter is based entirely on a conversation between two comedians.
Now I was raised to not hate anyone — strongly dislike, maybe, but to not hate anyone. Actions, and even some ideas can be hated, but that you shouldn't hate anyone. You may feel sorry for someone who does something evil, but hate only hurts the hater. As this came from my devout Christian parents, I think it has something to do with true Christian teachings. And the first letter was published five days before Christmas, the conveniently reassigned day Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus.
I am not a follower of any organized religion, but I celebrate Christmas because I was brought up celebrating it, and I believe Jesus' message of love, forgiveness, and acceptance are wonderful ideals to live by, Christian or not. And I certainly stand against intolerance, hate, and violence.
Now let's look at the first letter. The idea that the YouTube video was a fake obscure video that no one had ever heard of is, of course, just plain nonsense. I recall hearing about demonstrations being held about the video prior to Sept. 11, 2011. I guess this is a case of: if you tell a lie often enough, people may just start to believe it. Obviously the targeted audience had heard of the video, hence the protests. It was therefore quite logical to believe, rightly or wrongly, that the tragedy in Benghazi began as a protest about said video.
Yes I, too, wish the terrorist had let us in on their plans prior to the attack, but I don't believe that warning us about their intentions is something they try to do. And just to be clear about the video itself, it was what is, in the movie industry, called a trailer — or preview — like you see before the main attraction at theaters these days. It was made by an extreme right-wing hate group here in the U.S. and was made to rile up the Muslim populations of other countries. Which could be called the pot calling the kettle black.
As to the idea that "everything is sunshine and light," where do you get this from? Yes, things in this country are far better now than they were six years ago, but it is in spite of right-wing obstructionism. As anyone who cares more about people than they do money will tell you, we still have a long way to go.
To those who back the idea of fewer taxes on the corporations and the wealthy, where do you think the revenue to run our country is going to come from? When states are getting fewer dollars from the federal government, local taxes are going to rise or services are going to be cut. And if you believe the Second Amendment gives you the right to attack the U.S. government, you have little to no room to say someone else thinks our laws are optional. And if you use phrases like "bro's from the hood" when speaking about our president, calling someone else a "race baiter" is another venture into the pot-and-kettle thing.
Wouldn't it be nice if racists could just come out and admit their racism, but that would take a "hint of honesty" and guts that they just don't seem to posses.
In reference to Obamacare, or more correctly, the ACA, first, as I have pointed out previously, it is a right-wing plan and therefore requires much fixing. Again, as I have also said before, it was a mistake to use the Heritage Foundation's plan in the first place. Why our president chose this insurance industry benefiting plan is beyond me, and I think it was one of his major gaffes. I still believe it was a way of getting the right-wing obstructionists to work with him. It didn't work. They vowed on his first day in office to block anything he tried to do to make our country better, and make him a one-term president. They, as usual, failed miserably.
Now on to the hysterical second letter (hysterical, as in funny). Here we have an extreme right-wing religious extremist decrying the actions of extreme right-wing religious extremists. Yes, the irony runs deep in these parts. No one has excused the actions of the extremists in France, no one. I remember years ago, when, I believe it was, the National Lampoon ran a "story" lampooning the extreme right-wing Christians' belief that Jesus was coming and he'd be armed with an assault rifle. The cover cartoon was a depiction of "Rambo Jesus". The death threats came fast and furious, so to speak. But what is truly funny about that letter is that we are talking about two comedians having a discussion. I didn't see it, but I know Bill Maher's position on this matter. He, like everyone else in this country, is welcome to have any opinion he likes. That doesn't make it right, or true. It's an opinion for crying out loud.
If you can't tell the difference between a fact and an opinion, stop watching a channel called Fox and gain some common sense. When we liberals use things that John Stewart says on "The Daily Show," we are scoffed at for getting our news from a comedy show. That in itself is nonsense, because Mr. Stewart uses mostly items taken straight from the headlines of current events and lampoons them. He even lampoons some silly things some liberals do.
If you are a right-wing extremist, and try to pass yourself off as a moderate, you have no room to say anyone is or isn't liberal. The time for all of us to act like big boys and girls came long ago.
Now, two of my favorite things from the last year. The best thing is that people who claim to watch no news shows at all, are more well informed than those who watch Fox. I didn't need any proof of this, hey, I read this paper all the time. But the second comes from a comedian, yes a comedian! Stephen Colbert said something like, "Global warming is no longer an issue, because I was cold today. And world hunger is fixed, because I just ate." Now he was in his right-wing persona when he said these things, but it's funny because that is what I think they believe. You see, that's an opinion.
One more thing to cover. If you honestly believe that Al Sharpton, Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, and President Obama are to blame for the deaths of the two non-white police officers in New York, you are welcome to believe that. But then who should be blamed for the shooting of two white police officers in Pennsylvania? One who died. The NRA? Maybe Mike Savage? Rush Limbaugh? Which one of the right-wing heroes is responsible, or is it all of them? I'm sorry, but if you are going to stupidly blame anyone but the mentally disturbed young man who did the shooting in one case, you'll have to come up with blame for someone in the other.