November 24, 2013 at 8:04 AM
Protest stunt at Bellevue only heightened tension
Guest columnists Pramila Jayapal and LeeAnn Hall grossly misrepresented the “GOP’s response to the Bellevue protest” [“Why immigration is a major issue for women,” Opinion, Nov. 16].
In fact, my response was swift and oft-quoted by news sources throughout the state: “We are happy to have dialogue with anyone on the important issue of immigration reform … anyone who wants to talk with me can call to schedule an appointment.”
Instead, the writers claimed the “GOP response” was a tweet from the former state party chair, Kirby Wilbur, who no longer lives in Washington state. Simply put, Wilbur’s tweet was a disgrace. While insulting his political enemies, he also insulted Republicans over an issue where there is common ground on both sides of the aisle.
September 25, 2013 at 4:27 PM
GOP should learn from pope
If it’s good enough for the pope, it should be good enough for the GOP. [“Pope calls for church to be inclusive, less dogmatic,” page one, Sept. 20.]
Casting aside three decades of looking back, Pope Francis is taking his church on a journey that embraces the spirit of the law, not the letter.
By putting people before dogma, he is demonstrating the care and inclusiveness of the Christ as he aims to minister to the needs of the poor and the hurting.
Would not John Boehner be a voice in the wilderness and lead his caucus to the light? Could that caucus grasp the simple fact that the responsibility of governance is the welfare of all the nation’s citizens and inhabitants?
To dogmatically fixate on the Affordable Care Act denies the GOP an opportunity to demonstrate its supposedly caring spirit and changed heart for the “47 percent.”
Apparently, using procedural-blocking tactics in the Senate and permitting a vocal minority to lead the House remain as keystones, holding to the letter of the law rather than embracing the true spirit of our republic, upon which rests those hallowed words: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — for all.
Wallace Clausen, Auburn
April 1, 2013 at 4:00 PM
Tactics aren’t the main problem
When I saw that Rob McKenna used terms like “reset button” and “sober reflection” to introduce his recent Times guest column on the state GOP, I thought perhaps he and his fellow Republicans may be having a true awakening regarding the unfortunate path the GOP has taken in recent years, especially on the national scene. [“A reset button for Washington states’ GOP,” Opinion, March 31.]
However, it turns out that all he was referring to was the need to focus on things like “strategies and tactics” — not a fundamental re-examination of the basic principles and philosophies that are currently driving the GOP.
He expresses appreciation for the leadership of people like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Here’s a reminder for McKenna: Gov. Jindal’s most-publicized quote is his admonition for Republicans to stop being the “party of stupid.”
As with Democrats and Independents, there have been Republicans who have served this state and this country well and certain principles they espouse are laudable. Unfortunately, however, the party has clearly been overtaken by the extreme right-wing component that absolutely refuses to compromise on anything, even when it makes sense to do so.
Will that ever change? Only time will tell.
– Jim Sullivan, Renton
Target audience smarter than that
I wonder if other readers were struck by the irony of the juxtaposition of Sunday’s Paul Krugman column pointing out the folly of the “deficit scolds” [“Plan B for the deficit scolds,” Opinion, March 31] with the piece by Rob McKenna on the facing page, once again blaming the deficit for our economic woes?
McKenna goes on to declare that the hope for Republicans lay in “offering bold solutions.” So, with probably more curiosity than expectation, I went on reading but found not only no new “bold solutions” but the tired old and discredited “blame the endless trillion-dollar federal deficits” for our economic woes (which even John Boehner has dismissed).
Then to cap off this nonsensical whine, McKenna declares that Republicans should “champion forward-looking polices,” offer “real alternatives” and concludes by saying, “We must improve our party’s technological efforts” and develop more “robust and personal get-out-the vote programs.”
Sorry Rob, better computer programs (robo calls) and focused ads won’t cut it. Your target market, minority communities and younger voters, are smarter than that and demand and expect real policy statements, not mere outreach proclaiming the same discredited Republican concepts born in the last century.
– Howard Phelps, Seattle
Turning a deaf ear
Rob McKenna’s guest column shows exactly why his party is scrambling for answers.
Most of McKenna’s piece focuses on getting out into ethnic and minority communities more than just around election time. He talks of reaching young voters because GOP economic policies will help them succeed.
But McKenna and his party continue to turn a deaf ear to the issues that make them anathema to women, minorities and the young. Until the GOP repudiates its radical right wing and its support for tax-coddling the rich, demeaning a woman’s right to choose abortion and gutting social services, it won’t matter how much time they spend glad-handing new (for them) communities.
– Lee Somerstein, Renton
Open your eyes
Rob McKenna’s column in Sunday’s paper has shown me once again that he still doesn’t get it, and it validates my vote in November.
Simply bemoaning a poor image among women and racial minorities and the LGBT community, and vowing better outreach and more inclusive language, isn’t going to do the trick, and frankly, never will.
Even many white, straight men such as myself think McKenna and the state and national Republican Party are simply wrong on the issues. You know, the issues, the things that are really important to us, such as affordable health care and gay rights and immigration and gun control and climate change and fair taxation and labor rights and a woman’s right to choose, and — gee, just about everything else.
Republicans need to think before they spend that $10 million to improve their image in minority communities, and first do something that’s absolutely free: open their eyes, open their ears and open their hearts.
– Lawrence Sylwester, Seattle
September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM
The problem with health care? Look in the mirror
The Seattle Times editorial ["Needed health reform must contain costs," Opinion, Sept. 6] noting that health-care reform must contain costs identified part of the problems facing quality care as insurance companies, excessive specialist income, how medical services are delivered and paid, and high costs of new technology and procedures.
But I think The Times forgot something: U.S. citizens. Aren’t we part of the problem when our behavior contributes to our poor health through excessive eating, lack of exercise, high stress levels and more?
Mom said to eat my fruit and vegetables and get plenty of sleep and exercise. Maybe if we listened to our mothers a little more, we’d be a healthier nation and could then afford as a country to ensure health care is available to everyone.
I’m just as guilty as many when it comes to making a poor choice for dinner and eating too much, choosing TV over taking a walk or working long hours. But throughout this health-care debate, it’s made me think about my own behavior and my personal responsibility to help contain costs.
We’re part of the problem, too.
– Margaret Jones, Seattle
Cutting costs, but not with government health care
Medical costs are a bottomless pit. To control costs, does The Times suggest in its editorial, “Needed health reform must contain costs,” that doctors work for free? That could happen because patients with chronic diseases usually get worse before they die. So much for paying doctors for better care and better outcomes. And heaven forbid that specialists who save lives should earn more than a tiny fraction of what professional athletes earn.
What unnecessary tests would you eliminate? Be honest: Limiting generosity and rejecting some people and procedures is rationing. “Death squad” is a harsh term, but ethics panels and review boards have always had to make tough choices. Our country cannot even make enough swine-flu vaccines for all of its citizens.
Insurance companies are part of the process. Without them, the government would have to provide essentially the same services, and without a profit motive it may not care if paperwork is handled properly and efficiently.
We must remember that we are the federal, state and local government and must pay for whatever we give ourselves and society as a whole.
– Byron Gilbert, Burien
Please explain, how is health care not a right?
We can tell how crucial health-care reform must be because big money, with the help of the crazies, is out in force to defeat it! There has been such an assortment of shouted phrases and signs in the crowds like “Death Panels will pull the plug on granny!”
or “Obama is a Nazi!” or “The government won’t let you see your doctor!” or “We don’t have a clue what we’re saying!”
There’s one sign, very rarely used and not by the Zany Wackybirds, that at least is down-to-earth and adds to the discussion: “Health care is not a right.”
The Health Care for All Washington organization has been using the slogan, “Health care is a right, not a privilege.” The opponents of the health-care reform movement seem to differ on that.
I invite these people to take their time, compose themselves and write back to The Times and explain to me, very clearly, why they believe health care is not a right in this country.
The United States is the only industrialized country in the world that still treats access to quality health care as a privilege and not as a right for everyone. What would the Founding Fathers say about that?
I somehow have missed the reason why people and groups want to continue this disparity and also choose to sabotage this opportunity we now have to reform the system into something we can all be proud of, as citizens and residents of a free and compassionate nation.
I need detailed explanations from opponents out there to clear away my confusion. Please do not simply spew loaded phrases and distortions of the truth to make your arguments.
There must be some justification why we continue to fail to attain universal coverage, even though this country has been attempting since the days of Harry Truman. I’m waiting for those reasons.
– David S. Gooding, Normandy Park
The horrors of health-care reform
Health-care reform must be stopped! Can you believe some of the reforms they have in these bills?
Did you know that if this health-care reform is passed, senior citizens over the age of 87 will be forced into hard-labor camps? Also, did you know that if you get rabies under these reform mandates you will be locked in a crate and shipped off to Armenia, and our government will be under no obligation to provide a return address? That’s right, no return address! Not to mention, health-care reform will require all doctors to use only 14th-century techniques on the third Tuesday of every month.
Now if these testimonies weren’t bad enough, recently someone told me that under this newly proposed reform plan all left-handed citizens who’ve never had the measles will have to get a frowny-face tattoo burned onto their foreheads! Oh, the horror!
I could go on. But I’m positive someone else will.
– Brad Killion, Mount Vernon
What Canadians are saying about their neighbors
Canadians think we Americans are stupid. They joke about Canadian expatriates losing two IQ points every year they remain in the U.S.
They also think we are loud, rude and irrationally tolerant of violence. Next time you feel like giving a particularly polite Canadian a patronizing pat on the head, remember that under that calm exterior lies simmering disdain.
Last week, I heard a Canadian rhetorically ask, “What kind of yahoos take toenail clippers away from everyone boarding a plane and allow loaded guns at presidential town halls on health care?” So where do Canadians get that confident sense of superiority? Maybe it’s the old saying, “Familiarity breeds contempt.” They know virtually everything about us; we’re largely clueless about them.
Or maybe it’s something basic like their superior health-care system. It’s not perfect, but everyone is deemed worthy of care.
With fear and anger, we talk of death panels, socialism, fascism and freedom. Canadians simply ask, “What kind of yahoos leave a population greater than that of Canada without dignified access to health care, just so the rest of them can keep their clunker of a profit-driven system?”
– Sue Griswold, Mill Creek
Don’t forget: Democrats heckle, too
With all the shouting, protesting and cowboy posturing about health-care reform, it makes me think that before we can reform health care in this country we need to reform behavior in ourselves.
Being a Democrat, it would be very easy to point fingers at the conservatives that act both immature and disruptive. But I think it’s time to look back at the previous eight years and ask, “Were liberals any different?”
How many times did MoveOn.org draw a Hitler mustache on President Bush? How many times did Code Pink disrupt meetings or events attended by Republican leaders?
It’s so easy to point out the splinter in someone’s eye yet miss the plank in your own.
– Jonathan Ursin, Seattle
September 13, 2009 at 4:00 PM
A signature, like a vote, is private
I want to thank Judge Benjamin Settle for the courage to stop the release of names of people who signed Referendum 71 ["R-71 signatures kept private," page one, Sept. 11].
Even though I did not sign this one, as a private citizen I think of these petitions as a vote. In signing them, people are essentially voting for or against an issue.
In this country we keep our votes anonymous. If these names are released, everyone will be averse to ever signing a petition again for fear of retribution by the opponents of it.
I hope Settle has the intelligence to make this temporary injunction permanent.
– John Hed, Covington
Retribution is not free speech; signatures shouldn’t be disclosed
The threat of publicly releasing Referndum 71 signatures defines what’s wrong with today’s political discourse: self-interest.
I signed the petition not because I am against anybody, but because I believe in equality of opportunity rather than equality of result. I am 41, never married and sexually abstinent — not for lack of interest or desire but because of belief and conviction.
That said, I get no break on my health care for living a sexually risk-free life, nor do I enjoy the benefits of married couples or those living in domestic partnership. Equality of result would have me fight for those “rights.” Equality of opportunity informs me I will have those benefits, too, someday, should I marry the woman of my dreams.
I signed knowing someone might use my signature against me without knowing me or asking why. Disappointing for sure, but this is still America where we are free to take sides, free to speak up and free to love our neighbors when the dust clears.
I disagree with releasing R-71 names and making them public. Not because I am afraid, but because hatred, anger, retribution and political expediency should never be masked under the guise of free speech.
– Justin Kawabori, Redmond
Signing a referendum also supports direct democracy
As a teacher of Washington-state history I want to explain that not all the people who signed the petition to put Referendum 71 on the ballot oppose extending domestic-partnership rights.
I teach my students about the initiative and referendum process in my class, and we discuss what they will need to consider when they are asked to sign one.
What a citizen is agreeing to is that they want to have that issue come to a statewide vote. In this case, we may have people who signed it because they like direct democracy and believe citizens should be able to vote on as many laws as possible. Or people may have signed it because they believe a statewide vote will get rid of the law, or people may have signed it because they believe a statewide vote will keep the law.
My point is the assumption that all the people who signed it did so for the same reason is not true.
– Todd Beuke, Sequim
September 10, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Joe Wilson: the next Hulk Hogan?
Editor, The Times:
What an absolute embarrassment Rep. Joe Wilson is to this country ["Republican apologizes for heckling president," CloseUp, Sept. 10] and the institution he takes an oath to serve and represent. Wednesday night on an international stage, he showed his true colors — that of a complete pompous buffoon.
I hope Wilson and his fellow peers with their juvenile signs and disrespectful twittering during the president’s speech (a student would be tossed out of class for that behavior) are all ostracized by their peers from both sides of the aisle for their immature and disrespectful behavior. They all bring shame to the entire process and our fine country.
No wonder so little ever gets accomplished if they represent some of the players involved. Hopefully South Carolina will send Wilson packing and replace him with someone who can control themselves and represent them in a respectable and productive way.
He should get a job with the wrestling federation — they thrive on grown adults shouting insults and hurling venom. He’d be a natural.
Hang your head, Joe. You can apologize, but your actions speak loud and clear.
– Wendy Fosnight, Bainbridge Island
The real reasons for Republicans’ opposition to health-care reform
After listening carefully to President Obama’s speech and hearing the Republican response (by a rich doctor-congressman, Joe Wilson) I must conclude that the GOP has, in reality, only three reasons for being against the plan he outlined:
- Protecting the Republican bottom-line goal of easing the tax burden of the very wealthy.
- Protecting the profit margin of the campaign-contributing insurance and pharmaceutical and medical industries — bribers, really.
- Hoping to defeat Obama’s one big congressional issue of his first year in office just for the sake of handing him a defeat, rather than for any real philosophical or financial reasons.
In the 2010 elections, those House and Senate members who vote against whatever is the bill’s final form had better be prepared for some spirited opposition campaigns — maybe even in their party primaries.
– Rod Belcher, Des Moines
Outburst was business as usual
Republican leadership and their pals shouldn’t act surprised by Rep. Joe Wilson’s rude and unprecedented outburst during President Obama’s address to Congress.
After all, this is the party that encourages citizens to shout down legislators and interrupt them with shouting, screaming, insults and gibberish at public meetings.
Wilson knows the party line. He was just exercising the new democracy.
The chilling part? The same hypocrites also encourage loaded weapons at our president’s speeches.
– Peter O’Neil, Seattle
Wilson’s accusation not far from the truth
Rep. Joe Wilson’s shout “You lie!” was inappropriate during President Obama’s speech, but what he said was true.
Obama continues to say 47 million Americans are not covered with health insurance when he knows full well that number includes 13 to 14 million illegal aliens.
Everyone with half a brain knows Obama will make the attempt to cover the people he is counting on becoming future Democratic voters. It just is good politics.
Wilson knew this and just couldn’t restrain his frustration. Bad response and yet a true statement. Obama does know he is bending the truth.
– Bob Allan, Woodinville
From a liar, an accusation of lying
Talking about no class, South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson is the very personification of the concept. I find his outburst during President Obama’s speech particularly egregious given all the falsehoods spewed out by the right on health-care reform.
In this instance I can’t help but note the irony that, indeed, no provision in any of the proposed bills calls for coverage of illegal immigrants.
In other words, his shouting out “You lie!” when President Obama made this point clear was in itself a lie.
– Marshall Dunlap, Kent
September 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Gloating at president’s struggles, offering no solutions
Editor, The Times:
Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column ["The president who fell to Earth," Opinion, Sept. 5] shows the attitude of the far right.
The emptiness they feel at not having a Republican president or a majority in Congress must be intolerable. Krauthammer and company attack President Obama and Democrats for what they are doing, or not doing, without a glimmer of an idea from any of the far right about how to fix a broken America — other than to let business handle it.
They lie and innuendo about bills proposed while they only read sound bites the way news anchors on TV entice you to watch the news even after commercial breaks. They seem to delight in Obama’s supposed loss of popularity, while they do nothing to fix the problems. Conservatives also forget the problems that we have now occurred on their watch.
Come up with better ideas before you criticize. America needs your help, not rancor. Do something constructive.
– Gary S. Silverstein, Olympia
Obama’s empty promises, not right propaganda, hurt him in the polls
In response to Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column, President Obama’s poll numbers are dropping not because of a liberal doctrine but due to a lack of one.
It’s the left of center that is in the majority in this country, and they are the ones who put Obama in office under the delusion that he was going to be any different from his centrist rhetoric.
Bogged down in two unpopular war occupations, reluctant to pursue illegal and unconstitutional behavior by the previous administration, refusing to even look at a single-payer health-care system and failing so far to address campaign promises such as rewriting trade laws that have exported American jobs and exploited the world’s poor for private profits are the reasons Obama’s poll numbers are down.
It’s not because of any so-called liberal agenda, despite the propaganda from the ridiculous right.
– Chris Anderson, Seattle
There’s nothing grass roots about Obama’s opposition
Charles Krauthammer can hardly contain his glee at President Obama’s failing efforts toward reforming our health-care system.
Krauthammer ascribes opposition to Obama’s policies to what he calls a “real grass-roots movement,” but most Americans will readily recognize Obama is up against powerful and entrenched special-interest groups.
Public opinion has little to do with what happens in Washington, D.C. these days. This is especially evident when one considers Krauthammer’s reference to the U.S. being a center-right country.
This needs to be examined more closely. A Pew poll from late June asked Americans if they would increase or decrease spending in various areas of the federal budget.
Overwhelming majorities favored increasing federal spending on health care, Medicare, education, environmental protection and government assistance to the unemployed.
Krauthammer can crow all he wants about this being a center-right country, but it simply isn’t true. What is true is that the forces in control of our country are very much to the right of U.S. public opinion because of the dominant role money plays in our political system. In this light, it is particularly ironic that Krauthammer refers derisively to the “established lobbyist special-interest order of Washington.”
Just who does he think these groups are, if not the powerful health-insurance interests who have organized so effectively against real change?
Krauthammer and his center-right colleagues may be quite pleased they have been able to maintain the status quo. But in the years ahead, as the American people continue to pay outrageous medical bills and have few options, they will look back upon this period as a lost opportunity and a tragedy.
– Blake Wood, Seattle
Republicans let their jealousy show through
I never get tired of Republicans who are so jealous of President Obama they will do and say anything to bring him down (to earth, or better still, beneath it.) Looming larger than the jealousy, of course, is the real fear he might put his dreams into practice.
The 2008 election showed the majority of voters want a new vision for America, one that threatens those who have amassed great wealth under the previous regime. Even though they’re in the minority, they have lots of money and mouthpieces like Charles Krauthammer to muddy the waters.
Just a reminder: A lot of people aren’t interested in doing the right thing. Don’t be fooled by this claptrap. And, speaking of Napoleon, can you imagine if we had elected John McCain?
– Michael Johns, Seattle
Obama faces massive task while Republicans are bankrupt in policy
Charles Krauthammer’s syndicated column likened the current presidency to a carnival with its barker. But the real shell games and cheap tricks preceded 2009.
Enron and Bernie Madoff cashed in, more enabled than challenged, as general living standards declined. Our Constitution and standing among other nations was trashed. Ignorance, belligerence and worship of the market mantra created a stable that needs thorough cleansing.
It’s a massive task, which partly, not wholly, explains the Obama administration’s spotty performance as it mounts a trial-and-error, not-doctrinaire, recovery.
This residue of the past should not deflect the 2008 electorate’s move past the centrism Republicans at large, Krauthammer and those beyond him on the media’s right fringe seek, for now, as a default position. Bankrupt in policy, they need something, anything, to halt progressives and swing the pendulum back their way in 2010 and beyond.
Their rhetoric and tactics demonstrate desperation, like just saying “No!” They play on deep fears in our politics and culture, provoke our worst instincts and dishonor our republican vision and democratic practice.
Krauthammer’s column merits contempt and a deep, not decent, burial.
– Milton Krieger, Bellingham
September 7, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Beck’s claim of racism not so far-fetched
Editor, The Times:
According to The Times ["Mt. Vernon not united on mayor's 'Beck Day,' " News, Sept. 3], there are some who disagree with the mayor of Mount Vernon declaring a Glenn Beck Day and awarding Beck with the keys to the city.
Their objection to the recognition and award is that Glenn said he felt our president was a racist.
Let’s see how Beck might have arrived at that conclusion. The one instance that stands out to all who heard President Obama is the statement he made about the white police officer who arrested the black professor when the professor would not cooperate with the officer and was causing a disturbance in the professor’s neighborhood.
Without any knowledge of the facts or hearing both sides of the issue, our president called the officer stupid for his actions. That comes under the classification of assuming.
I learned a long time ago as an adjuster for a major insurance company that decisions must not be made without all the facts. My guess is that Beck and other people thought Obama was showing signs of racism by speaking out for the black professor before the whole story came to light. It’s up to all of us, I would think now, to draw our own conclusions.
The mayor of Mount Vernon is trying to honor a native guy who rose from a simple beginning in that town to a giant in the TV world with listener ratings going through the roof. Apparently liberals in Mount Vernon are not thrilled with this fact.
– Ed Anderson, Kirkland
In honorary day, an endorsement of Beck’s radical views
Surely Mayor Bud Norris knows this announcement of Glenn Beck Day amounts to a sanction of Beck’s current program views.
His notoriety comes from these views and his program! It is not like he is a talented singer, painter or scientist with shockingly nasty views on the side.
Paris Hilton Day for our daughters anyone?
– Martin Walters, Renton
A Glenn Beck Day of fear-mongering and hate-spewing
I was aghast to read in The Seattle Times that the mayor of Mount Vernon is throwing wide the doors of the city for an official Glenn Beck Day later this month.
Glenn Beck is a fear-mongering, hate-spewing, ignorant and ridiculous jerk. If Mount Vernon goes ahead with this insane plan, the city will not see one more dime of my money, nor that of anyone else I know who has a grain of intelligence.
– Judy K. Faaberg, Everett
Beck has a wide audience, smartly critical voice
Why is it so wrong for a mayor of a small town to give recognition to a very successful person who grew up in Mount Vernon. I would guess that if this were Keith Olbermann the tone of Mark Rahner’s article would be different.
I am getting tired of the lack of neutrality demonstrated by the press. Does Glenn Beck criticize the president? Yes he does. But why is it wrong to criticize President Obama but OK to bash [former President] Bush?
I feel The Times and most of the media should be ashamed in the lack of reporting. You are giving the public a one-sided view of the facts. For example, Glenn Beck’s ratings are much higher than counterparts on CNN and MSNBC.
Rahner, you should watch Glenn’s show. I watch both the Fox shows and CNN and MSNBC. I feel Glenn is no more biased than other hosts on the other network or yourself.
Glenn is not liked by the liberal media because he brings up topics like President Obama’s green jobs czars Van Jones’ past and views. Many Americans would not agree with Jones.
Maybe this is why the ratings for Glenn Beck’s show are killing MSNBC. His show is seen by 2.8 million people while the combined total of Hard Ball, Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann is less.
Glenn is not a reporter.
Rahner, are you?
– Ken Hodges, Woodinville
September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Would mayor invite Hitler, too?
Ordinarily when someone does something especially stupid it is best just to ignore them, but The Times’ story ["Mt. Vernon not united on mayor's 'Beck Day,' " News, Sept. 3] about the mayor of Mount Vernon giving a key to the city to Glenn “I don’t have a clue” Beck is just too much.
Are you kidding me? The only thing in the entire story that made a small bit of sense was the notion that Beck considers himself an entertainer. That seems appropriate since he works for that famous oxymoron, Fox News.
The mayor says he wants to recognize him because he is from the Mount Vernon area. Presumably, if Adolf Hitler were from Mount Vernon, Mayor Bud Norris would want to recognize him, too.
– Terry Mercier, Woodinville
Reversing the races, would Beck’s criticism have Mt. Vernon up in arms still?
Just consider that if we had a white president who had a history of attending a church for 20 years whose minister spewed out hatred toward blacks and suggested they should all be shipped back to Africa.
Then consider that this same president’s reaction to a black policeman handcuffing a uncooperative white professor was to call his actions stupid and then admit he really did not know the whole story.
Then some well-known figure from Mount Vernon decided this demonstrated a hatred toward blacks and then called this white president a racist.
Would you still have a problem with the mayor of Mount Vernon giving this celebrity the keys to the city? Would you condemn this Mount Vernon celebrity?
– Darrel Nash, Maple Valley
September 5, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Words of hypocrisy from Bush’s politicizer-in-chief
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is again on the talk circuit –in conservative venues that will have him. This time his message is about how President Obama is “politicizing” things. Most recently, he’s accusing ["Reviewing interrogations 'outrageous,' Cheney says," News, Aug. 31] Obama of politicizing the torture investigation.
Hypocrisy is to be expected in the world of politics, but this example might just beat all others. The George W. Bush nightmare of an administration did everything for the sake of a political angle.
Does Cheney think we’ve forgotten about the firing of the U.S. attorneys? How about the war profiteering of Halliburton and Blackwater? Former Gov. Don Siegelman is in prison because of lies fabricated by Karl Rove.
This week we heard Tom Ridge, Bush’s Homeland Security czar, admit he was told to raise the terror alert status when it would support the Bush agenda. And in case we’ve all gone soft as we try to “move on,” the war in Iraq had nothing to do with the attacks on 9/11. Does anyone need more examples?
Real Americans should be expressing their outrage that the networks continue to give Cheney and friends credibility by endorsing their desperate act to put a positive spin on the most disastrous and culpable administration this country has ever known.
– David McKenzie, Federal Way
Democratic Party fails to keep politicians accountable
The Democratic Party is dead. It might be walking, but it is effectively dead. It is time for a third party. Sure the Democrats have had ups and downs but the long, slow slide started when we failed to prosecute Richard Nixon for obvious crimes.
We let the oil companies steal from us during the gas shortages. We failed to stand up to the “government is the problem” propaganda of Ronald Reagan. We failed to reinstate the Fairness Doctrine. We didn’t prosecute George H.W. Bush and his cronies for crimes committed in Central America. We said nothing when Bill Clinton signed the Telecommunications Act of 1997, which allowed unparalleled consolidation in news media and the spread of anti-public propaganda worthy of Tokyo Rose or Joseph Goebbels.
We allowed the Supreme Court to appoint George W. Bush to a position he was clearly unsuited for and then re-elected him again four years later. We let Bush take away civil rights, violate the Constitution and lie us into two illegal wars.
We allowed the appointment of Supreme Court justices that only serve the mega-corporations and their leaders. And now we are allowing the right wing to kill true health-care reform, change that could transform the lives of millions of Americans for the better, free citizens from dead-end jobs just to maintain health insurance and create a new business climate that would add jobs for millions.
For decades the Democratic Party has failed to stand strong in the face of propaganda, lies and those who have stolen our prosperity. It is time to start a true progressive party, wooing actual liberals from the Democratic Party and wooing true patriots from the Republican Party.
We must start now, with the next election, and never fail to stand up to the bullies who are screaming in our faces as they reach into our pockets.
– John S. Snow, Woodinville
Cheney justifies means by the ends
It’s thrilling to see Dick Cheney speaking out so forcefully in favor of all forms of illegality as long as it serves the cause or to put it another way, the ends justify the means.
Sounds eerily Nazi-like, but at least it’s on the table for his supporters to feast on. Joseph Goebbels would be proud.
– Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls
After violating laws, Cheney deserves penalties
Dick Cheney is at it again. He is still criticizing the Obama administration for failing to follow Bush and Cheney policies in the war on terror.
He fails to mention the policies he advocates violate international treaties, the United States Constitution, federal laws and the Military Code. He makes it sound like this is just another political disagreement. It is still vitally important to challenge him in a courtroom.
This country needs to realize there are serious penalties involved in the crimes he should have been charged with long ago.
– Daryl Strandlien, Kenmore
Offended by torture
Dick Cheney says the current administration’s investigations into the Bush administration’s interrogation techniques ” offends the hell out of [him], frankly.”
Well Cheney, your use of torture offends the hell out of me, frankly.
I guess we are even.
– Carol Barber, Kent
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