In response to Jim Thackers July 19-25 article, Thank the lunatic left for the Republican majority.
I think its more like Dorothy arrives in the present-day U.S. and says, Toto, were not a democracy anymore. (Democracy according to one definition, Government by the people… The principles of social equality and respect for the individual within a community). Toto, its been real and all, but Ive gotta ditch ya; gotta get an above-minimum wage job, or Ill have to cook you up.
Im not going to defend the lunatic left by name-calling to the right. I would never call a person attempting to think outside the box, and keep government under a watchful eye by reporting their wrongdoings, a lunatic. Its those people who keep society balanced (a word that our executive branch doesnt understand in terms of power, as this administration holds more power over all three branches than any in the past). Sure, radicals exist from either side, and those from the far left do make a bad name for us. Peter Beinart, author of The Good Fight, calls it doughface fantasy when liberals denounce the governments actions without accepting the consequences or producing better alternatives. I dont agree with these people. However, if they didnt exist, we would all be too busy trying to make ends meet, to notice our administration incrementally stealing power and constitutional freedoms.
I see the world quite differently than Mr. Thacker. Upon waiting on Jim, weve had several political debates, although I always respect his beliefs. Surely, he wouldnt be name-calling. Even I know better, professionally and characteristically, than to childishly call people with different views lunatics. It resolves nothing. It only produces more aid to a vicious cycle of discrimination and corruption, resulting in unconstitutional actions to prove false claims of whos right. Simply put, its immature!
When are people going to realize that brutal attacks on opposing political parties dont unify our people, yet were trying to unify other countries? What makes us different from radical/murderous opposing parties in other countries? We use money and politics to manipulate society and kill the evildoers/opposing communities in a slow, quiet and legal way. I sat with Mr. Thacker one afternoon and inquired as to why our government can spend billions of dollars overseas but cant resolve our poverty, education or energy issues at home. He stated that too much government aid only produces additional problems, using welfare as an example. Well, since everyone can agree that welfare is completely unsuccessful, why does it still exist? Perhaps it makes for a useful tool in legally permitting slavery.
We have welfare-dependent areas in this country where police wont even enter. The residents are simply left to die, like those in New Orleans. So, this country has managed to stay on top this long, and we cant improve internal education or poverty? You may argue that aiding these bad areas would be a waste of taxpayers money, that they dont want to change. Well, I dont think the Iraqi community was begging for the American way of life, either, yet we are pouring billions their way. If we truly are this great hero, why havent we brought this much aid to Africa, whos faced despair for decades? Because its very much about oil; Cheney wasnt a top dog at Halliburton coincidentally. So we can liberate the Iraqi people but not our own? We cant fund programs like Habitat for Humanity to give these people something to work for and be proud of, get police, counselors and EDUCATION in these areas? (JFK started the Peace Corps.) Another vicious cycle: most people born into these areas are taught to survive by any means necessary, the same means by which our politicians survivecorruption. How did the economy survive WWII if not for FDRs government aid? (Oh, yeah, and a true reason for being at war!) We need to educate people, encourage them to think outside the box, and promote political/governmental interest, no matter whose side theyre on!
How can you claim George W. Bush is a smart man? Im sure involvement in an elite secret society (Skull and Bones) and an abundance of money can earn anyone an Ivy-league educationits politics! Lets take a moment to appreciate what his education has earned him:
Im the commander… I do not need to explain why I say things. Thats the interesting thing about being president.as quoted in Bob Woodwards Bush at War.
We need an energy bill that encourages consumption.Trenton, N.J., Sept. 23, 2002
Do you hate blacks, too?to Brazilian President Fernando Cardoso, Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2001
My plan reduces the national debt, and fast. So fast, in fact, that economists worry that were going to run out of debt to retire.radio address, Feb. 24, 2001
See, free nations are peaceful nations. Free nations dont attack each other. Free nations dont develop weapons of mass destruction.Milwaukee, Wis., Oct. 3, 2003
I dont know where bin Laden is. I have no idea and really dont care. Its not that important. Its not our priority.Washington, D.C., March 13, 2002
We found the weapons of mass destruction…for those who say we havent found the banned manufacturing devices or banned weapons, theyre wrong, we found them.Washington, D.C., May 30, 2003
Theres an old saying in TennesseeI know its in Texas, probably in Tennesseethat says, fool me once, shame onshame on you. Fool meyou cant get fooled again.Nashville, Tenn., Sept. 17, 2002
Our enemies are innovative and resourceful, and so are we. They never stop thinking about new ways to harm our country and our people, and neither do we.Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2004
From Wikipedia.com: A lunatic is a commonly used term for a person who is dangerous, or unpredictable…
Unpredictable? Dangerous? Whos the lunatic? Who cant see the myriad unanswered questions from the public regarding almost every action deriving from this man? And now, were faced with the hate of the entire world…thank the Bush votes!
Well, Jim, I hope I didnt go too far. I dont want to be a leftist ruining this great countrys name. I believe in a very strict interpretation of the Constitution. I believe in a strong judicial, legislative and executive power, which are equal, which produce results beneficial to America as a whole. I dont have a masters degree, a lot of stocks to protect, or a fancy title, but I have a voice backed by a lot of experience from many angles of life. Ive been poor, Ive been a successful network administrator, Ive been a communications and computer operator in the United States Air Force, Ive briefed some of the presidents right-hand men touring our facilities, Ive lost a marriage to a heroin problem raging in Rockford, Ive seen the world, and it can be done betterperiod!
Respectfully, an apparent lunatic, Kathryn R. Larson.
Kathryn R. Larson is a resident of Rockford.
From the Aug. 9-15, 2006, issue