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Letters prove unsettling

January 19, 2014
The Herald-Star

To the editor:

On Dec. 8, I was particularly struck by a letter to the editor that was clearly the worst that was ever my misfortune to read ("Many questions about president.") It was fact-free, full of made-up statements and seemed to be nothing more than another example of the ravings of the lunatic conservatives.

And then on Jan. 5, to my shock and surprise, I was treated to yet another, possibly even worse, example of the same inept and bungling attempts at making an argument that I have been unfortunate enough to witness ("More questions about our times.")

It was filled with lies, vitriolic name-calling and unsupported statements and conclusions. If one was to edit this monstrosity down to its base, it would have read, "I hate progressives and the president and anyone who feels differently or disagrees with me in any respect."

Before debunking as many misrepresentations as possible, I would ask the "tealeaf faction," what does it take to embarrass you? Where do you draw the line? How much is too much? When will you rebuke the most offensive of your ranks - and I do mean rank in the rancid context of the word.

I only have about 300 words left with which to work, a daunting task, but here it goes:

Lie No. 1: "He doesn't say Obumacare anymore, he says Affordable Care Act." Debunk: He never said "Obumacare," but last week I heard him say Obamacare.

Lie No. 2: "He knew in 2010 that upward of 90 million people would lose their insurance." Debunk: In a country of 350 million people, 90 million people lose insurance. Ridiculous.

Lie No. 3: "Oprah stated on BBC-TV she wants all elderly white people to die." Debunk: She said nothing of the sort. Check it out.

Lie No. 4: "Notre Dame is suing Obumacare to stop the portion of the bill providing abortion pills. Debunk: Science is these are not abortion pills.

Lie No. 5: "Pro-baby murderer." Debunk: Quit murdering the truth.

Lie No. 6: "These lonely, cowardly non-thinkers can't grasp the concept of the First Amendment. Why don't these bullies attack Islam and defecate on the Koran?" They are not lonely, and I hardly think that to defecate on a Koran or Torah or a Bible constitutes a profile in courage. Disrespect of the beliefs of others does not elevate your own. You do it, I'll pass.

Lie No. 7: "Until I see these intellectuals boycott or desecrate a mosque, they will be cowards to me." Debunk: To boycott something, it's necessary to use it first. Desecration of a mosque is no sign of bravery any more than the desecration of a synagogue or church would be. Those who share that view will never be mistaken for intellectuals.

These criticisms will be continued. Perhaps Obamacare could help conservatives' mental issues in the interim.

Bob Atkinson

Weirton

 
 

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