Monday, September 22, 2008

Debatable Opinions; Letters to the Editor

(originally published by OpEdNews)

Not long ago, I wrote, “Not many hot stories are broken via letters to the editor.” Now a letter in Boulder, Colorado’s Daily Camera makes an attempt to prove me wrong.

I don’t believe the man read my column and is responding to me personally. However, the news that he’s breaking is right in the title of his letter. It’s called “God didn’t use computers”.

Considering my non-theistic belief system, I wouldn’t presume to argue the point of the title. I will say, however, that I’ve not read anything that would lead me to know whether or not God ever used a computer.

In his latest ad, Barrack Obama notes that John McCain doesn’t know how to use a computer and doesn’t know how to send an email.

Angered by this Obama revelation, the writer reinforces his argument by pointing out other people of great stature who didn’t use computers. Among these people are “Moses, King David, Solomon and St. Paul”.

The writer even coins a word to describe the kind of horrible “prejudice” that Obama uses in the ad. The word the writer uses is "anti-cursive-ite". Clever, indeed.

The writer continues his educational treatise by informing us that God wrote The Ten Commandments on stone slabs and Jesus wrote in the dirt with his finger.

The writer almost touches on the entire Obama message.

In the ad, Obama points out those things which McCain admits to not having a great deal of knowledge. Indeed, the message does reference computers and email. Did the message have to reference computers and emails? Probably not. What the writer may not understand, though, is that John McCain most likely doesn’t mind the inclusion of irrelevance in the ad. John McCain, after all, knows what kinds of ads it takes to win this election.

What the writer doesn’t touch on is one issue McCain has admitted not knowing very well and that issue is the economy.

The other issue that McCain may not have admitted to being unfamiliar with, but his words seem to prove that he, indeed, does not know much about, is the plight of the middle and lower classes in The FUSA. When McCain was asked to define rich during the Saddleback forum in August, he jokingly asked, “What about $5 million?”

It was easy to tell that McCain was joking when he followed his statement up with, “No, but seriously, I don’t think you can, I don’t think seriously that the point is I’m trying to make, seriously, and I’m sure that comment will be distorted but the point is…that we want to keep people’s taxes low, and increase revenues. … So, it doesn’t matter really what my definition of rich is because I don’t want to raise anybody’s taxes. I really don’t.”

Asked about his definition of rich, Obama had answered “$150,000”.

To joke about tax breaks for the rich while the banks that are still in business are foreclosing on the homes of middle and lower class homeowners could very well be seen as insensitive.

McCain was correct in assuming that his comment would be “distorted” as many of those who don’t support him have accused him of being serious about when one moves from middle class to rich.

Unfortunately, distortion and lies have become the main weapons in American politics. American politics has become somewhat like a pig. One can put lipstick on it, but it’s still American politics.

Or, as the writer of the letter states, “Being an "anti-cursive-ite" is worse than sending a message hand-written in lipstick.”

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“Sure there are dishonest men in local government. But there are dishonest men in national government too.” - Richard M. Nixon

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1 comment:

WebSmith said...

The problem is that the people making $250K per year did not take our money. Neither did Tiger Woods or Sean Penn. These people just lived the American Dream and are living examples that it is still there which gives us all hope and ambition. Take away their money and you kill the American Dream that keeps us going.

The people who took our money are the elite. They are the ones who are trying to take $700 billion more of it right now.

We now have one of them, a wolf from Wall Street, guarding the hen house at the treasury. The bankers that allowed these bad loans to take place absolutely knew that they were going to fail. They pressured the regulators in Congress for legislation that would allow them to do it.

The problem is that this is being looked at from the point of view of the banks when it is supposed to be looked at from the point of view of the Constitution and the citizens. When you do this, the banks are forced to give up interest points and convert their bad loans into good loans that will be collected on. We are not asked to spend our great grand kids' money on something that is worthless.