They Are Not Worthy

I read the quip about `Barack` Obama being right because now he is playing to the center `Letters, July 3`. Basically, the gist of the opinion was that this is what Obama needs to do to win the presidency. I say “F” that! That is what all politicians do. When are we ever going to get a person to tell us what they really stand for? This political tactic that we have been exposed to since I can remember is wearing thin these days.

Tell me who you are and what you stand for and let me vote on that basis. Don’t tell people in Pennsylvania one thing and people in California another because you just want to get elected. Every four years (maybe now every two years) we hear the same BS regarding abortion, gays and now global warming, and whether we should be fighting a war we started/ended … whatever.

It is not that these things aren’t issues, but that despite the rhetoric these things have/will never change and these people have no intention of changing them. We are simply being played like fools every election cycle. Obama is showing us exactly who he is and what we asked (voted) for, that he is another “politician.” Removing the center teleprompter has not fooled me. This year we are again given the choice between two people not worthy of being president.

Eric Dirga, via the Internet

Calling Lou

As a volunteer who worked hard to get `Florida Hometown Democracy` petitions signed, I can testify that I had few people turn me down and most were eager to sign. I thank you for your effort `“Not over yet,” June 26`. I would like to see Lou Dobbs at CNN get hold of your story. Perhaps you could forward it to him.

Gordon Williamson, Holly Hill

Dig Deeper

Justin Strout, please tell me you’ve been paid off by the music industry. I can’t imagine why anyone would recommend the new Martha Wainwright CD otherwise. Are you out of your mind? And the Black Keys record? No duh, it’s a good record. I don’t think that surprised anyone.

Yes, 2008 has been a great year for music, there’s been some good surprises, some great reissues and even some new records from old acts. Your list didn’t scrape the surface. Look a little deeper next time.

via the Internet

Those Happy Danes

Was your snide commentary `Happytown™, July 3` about Brian Moore of the Socialist Party speaking at the University of Central Florida supposed to be cute or just shallow? Given the Stalinist-era graphic accompanying your commentary, I’m inclined to suspect the latter.

Accusing the Socialist Party of not being a viable political force since 1912, you were pretty old-fashioned yourselves. It’s been a while since I’ve seen such a classic example of red-baiting, even going so far as to use the word “reds” in case anyone didn’t get the point.

Asserting that the Socialist Party wants “to revive a government system that’s failed everywhere it’s been tried” is on the same level as blaming Jesus Christ for the Inquisition, and further supports suspicion of shallowness when it comes to understanding the differences between top-down Soviet-style “communism” and democratic socialism.

A recent BBC News program identified Denmark as the “happiest” place in the world to live. Social democratic Denmark provides the sort of “cradle-to-grave” safety net frequently associated with socialism.

If you define “success” as a system that has given us corporate control of the media and political process, the huge income gap between super-rich and everyone else, ongoing wars of imperial aggression, industry and jobs “outsourced” to the lowest bidders, gas price-gouging with extremely limited public transit alternatives, the subprime housing crisis, millions of Americans not covered by health insurance and the highest incarceration rate in the world, then please mock it all you want, but I’ll be happy to fail like the Danes any day of the week. 

 Jay D. Jurie, Sanford

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