Friday, March 18, 2011
Divide and conquer
Cliff Mansfield ("Target equals goal," Feb. 5) saying liberals are imagining that the right-wing talking heads are targeting them is amazing. Here are two quotes from Glenn Beck:
"Charlie Wrangle (D) and other people I would like to see beat to death with a shovel," and here he's talking about liberals in Washington: "These people are communists and they will never change their minds; the only solution is to shoot them right between the eyes."
It takes a mighty imagination to think this is not targeting liberals for death. He talks about gun rights as "God-given rights."
Where was he when the Republicans pushed through the Patriot Act? This act stripped everyone of all rights; all the government had to do was accuse someone of being a terrorist and it could lock them up with no trial, no appeal, no jury and no guns.
The right said not a word and all of our rights were reduced to privileges. Your excuse was we were at war. Ten years later we are still at war and the worst parts of the Patriot Act were declared unconstitutional but our rights were severely damaged.
No one even seems concerned about the effects of such a long war on our military or their rights. Now the Republicans and Tea Partiers are going after even more basic rights: the rights of labor to organize and of all of us to breathe clean air and live in a clean environment. In Wisconsin and other states across the country, they are going after public sector unions.
The conservative plan is to give the rich and corporations massive tax cuts and then blame the unions for the massive budget crises that the Republicans created. Right now they say the worst are the teachers and they aren't going to go after other unions such as the firemen and police.
If you believe that, I've got some nice, clean coastal land in Louisiana to sell you.
Divide and conquer is their game plan. In Washington, D.C., the conservatives are out to gut the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, and destroy the EPA using this same method. They've cut the taxes on the rich and the corporations and claim that deregulation of industry will save costs and make us competitive. Deregulation really worked well with Wall Street and the banking industry.
Now they would have Americans poisoned by the air and water around them. Where are the pro-lifers? All of these poisons being released can and will damage and kill the unborn. If you care about life, or just about not having the Columbia River polluted worse than it already is, you need to be contacting our federal representatives.
What would you choose?
Suppose you drive there
To the county fair
In your 25 mpg SUV.
There are lots of things to see
But, suppose there is a booth
That sells just the truth
And you were asked to choose:
Clean air, no oil wars and a bicycle
Or your SUV?
Which would it be?
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