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Some comments raise issues

June 2, 2013
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

Let me see now, which insipid collection of disjointed, incoherent tea party ramblings should I respond to this time?

It's always hard to pick one. One letter personifies the stupidity that permeates the Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Matt Drudge view of the world, and that is why you must add malevolent intent, racism, bigotry and sexism into the selection process.

Although there are many worthy of dishonorable mention, one stands out as the "worst of the worst." Animus without reason.

I choose the May 19 dubious letter by Barry Bardone ("Administration really knows nothing.")

I will answer the charges in order except for this one claim that needs a psychological definition to explain its origin. The term "projection" is basically projecting traits about oneself unto others.

This definition should more than explain the following comment: "Notice how liberal loons criticize the writer because they can't argue the point?"

Onward, after calling some of the smartest people from the best universities dumb, the writer begins tossing around unsubstantiated charges that must be dismissed as purely partisan, such as "The administration has no knowledge of Fast and Furious or Benghazi."

For the 150th time, Fast and Furious began in 2007 under the Bush administration and was ended in the Obama administration.

Benghazi? It was a tragedy that could be blamed on both sides of the aisle, but let's look at the big picture. If you're keeping score, the score would be 7,000 to 4 - 3,000 at the World Trade Center and 4,000 soldiers in a war in Iraq that was hyped and misrepresented. It cost us nearly $1 trillion and 4,000 lives.

The writer calls us losers and valley amigos. My answer is as follows - Who's the president, and how does one make the term "amigo" sound disparaging and dog-whistle racist?

The writer then rambles on about the 2nd Amendment, which even Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia says has limitations.

Now, for what I consider to be the lowest of the low charges. "Can liberals justify a botched aborted baby breathing outside the womb as not protected by the 14th Amendment?" Why would we defend this and just who has defended this?" Fortunately, we don't, and the effort to portray us so is contentious.

As far as a 15-year-old being able to purchase birth control, the president came out against this decision.

Oh, I missed this one: "The valley amigos haven't a clue what I'm talking about, they're waiting for the first of the month."

This valley amigo does know, and is waiting for the first of the month. On the first, I receive my pension, and shortly after I receive my Social Security retirement benefits. Thank you unions and the Democrats. Republicans, I thank for nothing.

Bob Atkinson

Weirton

 
 

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