Thursday, July 22, 2010

America; The Land of the Double Standard?

My wife’s friend and former boss from long ago forwarded this letter to the editor that came from an unspecified Michigan newspaper. (Thanks Carrie!) I thought that the gentleman writing it made some excellent observations, and so I am posting it here accordingly.

Has America become the land of the special interest and home of the double standard?

Let’s see: if we lie to the Congress, it’s a felony and if the congress lies to us it’s just politics; if we dislike a black person, we’re racist and if a black dislikes whites, it’s their 1st amendment right; the government spends millions to rehabilitate criminals and they do almost nothing for the victims; in public schools you can teach that homosexuality if OK, but you better not use the word God in the process; you can kill an unborn child, but it’s wrong to execute a mass murderer; we don’t burn books in America, we now rewrite them; we got rid of the communist and socialist threat by renaming them progressives; we are unable to close our border with Mexico, but have no problem protecting the 38th parallel in Korea; if you protest against President Obama’s policies you’re a terrorist, but it you burned an American flag or George Bush in effigy it was your 1st amendment right.

You can have pornography on TV or the internet, but you better not put a nativity scene in a public park during Christmas; we have eliminated all criminals in America, they are now called sick people; we can use a human fetus for medical research, but it’s wrong to use an animal.

We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work; we all support the Constitution, but only when it supports our political ideology; we still have freedom of speech, but only if we are being politically correct; parenting has been replaced with Ritalin and video games; the land of opportunity is now the land of hand outs; the similarity between Hurricane Katrina and the gulf oil spill is that neither president did anything to help.

And how do we handle a major crisis today? The government appoints a committee to determine who’s at fault, then threatens them, passes a law, raises our taxes; tells us the problem is solved so they can get back to their reelection campaign.

What has happened to the land of the free and the home of the brave?

-Ken Huber
Tawas City


Dave Splash said...

"We take money from those who work hard for it and give it to those who don’t want to work"

So every unemployed person doesn't want to work? Sounds like a sweeping and tasteless statement to me, and one that attacks the most vulnerable Americans.

The rest of the "obervations" are the same right-wing culture war talking points that have been employed since the 1980s. They created silly straw man arguments then, and they still do. Was this a letter to the editor from 1987?

T. Paine said...

No Dave, not "every" person that is unemployed doesn't want to work.

Unfortunately though, there is a significant percentage of these folks that are that way though.

lisa said...

and we wouldn't even be having this conversation if the stimulus did the job that they lied to us about with their fuzzy math.