Please Stop

This was a letter I wrote to the local paper out of frustration back in 2012 in response to several trashy letters they had published the day prior.  Letters that made absolutely no sense.  Here was my response – never published:

To the Editors of the VP Opinion Page regarding Time to Pack a Bag, Lyrics From Hee-Haw, A Different America – letters to the editor 11/21/12:  Would you please stop insulting me by publishing the trash like is demonstrated by the aforementioned LTE’s in today’s paper?  I understand it makes for good reading that translates into much needed revenue, however you’re disregarding your own mission statement by continuing to print demonstrable falsehoods peppered with ignorant perceptions.  For example from the letters today:

“Conservative policies and Republican obstructionism nearly caused a financial collapse.”  I didn’t realize that Jimmy Carter or Bill Clinton were Republican or conservatives.  Nor did I realize Chris Dodd and Barney Frank, the two individuals who blocked dozens of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae reforms over the years, were Republican or conservatives.  And I wasn’t aware the Community Reinvestment Act was a Republican plan.

“We believe our tax code desperately needs changing so that the rich pay their fair share.”  What is a fair share and how does it compare to the 58% of collections the rich already pay?  No problem that the bottom 49% of earners pay nothing while the writer then talks about “leveling the playing field”?

“We have chosen an America that recognizes that not all of its citizens are wealthy.”  I must have missed that on the ballot.  In the same breath the writer states that “we have not voted to give up our freedom, our democracy, or our country.”  If you don’t think that seizing one person’s property to give to someone else who “needs help” isn’t a loss of freedom and democracy, then what is?

“The GOP refuses to realize that America has changed.”  Yes, America has changed.  Intelligent people understand that, and we don’t like what we see.  Obviously us conservatives gave folks too much credit judging by the election results.  Like liberal democrats, you assume most folks are ignorant or idiots.  You demonize success, promote stupidity and outcome equality, assault religion, and support laziness and irresponsibility.  Your letter choices illustrate that.

“We believe that if America can give millions to big wealthy corporations who don’t need it…”.  Last I checked, the dollars are going to green energy companies that go bankrupt.  Protest that too, and I may give you some leeway on expecting me to also pay for birth control pills.

Previously you required me to provide sources to back my statements up before you’d decide to print my letters.  Obviously you’ve either changed your policy since then, or have different policies for right-leaning and left-leaning submissions.  I’ll know which it is based on whether you decide to print this letter without me providing references this time.  I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at what I see happening of late in your paper.  Laugh because you and your readers don’t see the obvious getting ready to befall you, or cry because this trash you help promulgate is part of what’s killing the America that I love.  To steal a quote from one of these letters – “America:  Love it or leave it.”  I couldn’t agree more, so please stop trying to CHANGE it.

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