Kumbaya is no substitute for political conviction | Letter to the Editor
August 23, 2012 · 11:14 AM
I must confess to being somewhat at a loss to understand ("In Focus" columnist) Rich Elfers at The Courier-Herald.
Mr. Elfers ostensibly seems to be an advocate of kumbaya and “Can’t we all just get along?” What I get from his musings is conflicting interests and moral confusion in dealing with contemporary political and historical forces. I also find his understanding of historical political history to be somewhat shallow at times. To wit: liberals in the 1950s believed in individual freedom, small government and low taxation, exactly the reverse of today’s “liberals” that have evolved into “progressives” who reject the provisions of the Constitution. German Nazis were “right wing”? The historical record is blindingly clear; World War II Nazis were proudly “National Socialists.”
That the policies of the communist Soviet Union “caused the collapse” of that country leaving out that the “collapse” cost of (conservatively) 260 million murders of men, woman and children in less than 70 years. He chides us to not name evil for what it is in the name of what exactly?
His latest overt attempt to calm the political waters seems to attempt use blind moral
equivalence between the two current contenders for president. Gov. Romney he lists as a
businessman, as if that completes his human outline, and mentions Romney’s family, religious and moral life that no matter what you think of him is boringly clean. His loss of his fortune, his earning it back in the best capitalistic tradition and his giving of millions of personal dollars to charity every year is not covered.
As to President Obama he covers his history at light speed and claims his world view is “shaped” by his birth in Hawaii, “being raised in Indonesia” (Obama’s handpicked Illinois publicist listed him as born in Indonesia until 2012 when it became media fodder, but never mind); won his state Senate elections by forcing his opponents out of the elections by forcing release of divorce records by getting court orders; skips over his being raised by a cabal of family Marxists-communists and Trotskyite “community activists” and a disturbing lack of information how he got into Ivy League schools since his records (including state Senate) are all under lock and key reviewable by no one. Admitted (in his own book) he was an illegal drug abuser. That he began his fundraising political career in Chicago in the living room of an unrepentant, bomb-making terrorist apparently. Nor his three-year career of destruction of the American economy (“leveling wealth”) and world standing; crony capitalism support of political money bundlers (iceberg tip Solyndra among 14 other “Green” companies bankrupt) taking $800 (+/-) billion of our money with them.
The existence of the United States is currently at grave risk and attempting to ignore the stated intent of the forces at play, redefining them and attempting to hide them under the wool blanket of moral equivalence making them more palatable to your world view, is a nonideology that historically brought us WWII, the Cold War (Vietnam) and the sand box.
Pick a side Mr, Elfers, the universe does not allow you to be neutral. Although I hear the dark side has cookies….