You may have been asking yourself, "Hey, where's that guy who wrote those outstanding articles about letters written to the editor?"
Well, I don't know where that guy is, but you may remember I wrote some columns which were inspired by letters to the editor as well. I stopped doing that, at least for a while. Maybe for good, who knows?
One of the reasons I've stopped writing those particular columns was that far too many of the letters to which I responded were written by people who were exercising their first amendment right to exhibit the courage to write about subjects without the safety net of factual information. I found myself lately defending President Barack Obama. The issues that the people were choosing to write about dealt mostly with the economy. The letter writers were accusing Obama and the Democratic Party of attempting to create a Socialist nightmare within the borders of The United States, as well as Hawaii and Alaska. I felt it necessary to remind people that even a Libertarian government which federalized a miniscule armed force would be practicing socialism. A lot of the benefits of living in the US are the results of socialist systems.
A lot of the real estate upon which tax hating, tea bagging racists held their "passionate", "grass roots" protests were state or federal parks paid for with taxes. It would have been neat if Obama showed up at one of those so called rallies and said, "All of you tax haters, get off the grass."
There was the letter writer who wrote that Obama was pushing that rotten Stimulus Package, meant to help the economy "unBush" by giving the states money to pump into their education programs, fix godawful roads and other infrastructure. He wrote that Obama's methodology of getting this legislation passed was a "my way or the highway" approach.
I don't think I reminded the writer of anything because I don't believe the writer has ever heard of OpEdNews or even Common Dreams or maybe even MSNBC. Besides, who has time to read or watch that propaganda when you know exactly where to go to get a "fair and balanced" news report? However, I did respond by reminiscing about Bush's Iraq War, preemptively started to
rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction punish Iraq for its part in 9/11 as proven by the infamous yet mythical meeting in Prague free the Iraqi people from the torture of Saddam Hussein and give them some variety by introducing them to our own brand of torture knit some democracy for the Iraqi people. I reminisced about The Front Man's diplomatic "You're either with us or against us" message to our "allies".
Of course what makes the Stimulus Package so disgusting is the fact that it's going to strap future generations with taxes needed to pay for it. The invasion of Iraq? That's going to strap them as well, as the money for most of that worthwhile war was extracted from The Department of No f*cking Thing.
The final letter I'll mention is one written by a woman who was certain Obama was not going to close Gitmo, that he made that promise just to get elected and that he was either a liar or too stupid to realize that closing Gitmo would not be a piece of cake. The letter was published on the day on which Obama signed the order that would have Gitmo closed within a year. I hope that this fortune teller, aka, Obama hater, doesn't dabble in the horses or hounds. It appears that she may possess a propensity for guessing wrong.
As mentioned, I defended Obama in some of my responses. However, I was frustrated with the shallowness and even the poorly veiled racism that propelled these writers to write first and check facts never! Maybe, just maybe, as I was "giving Obama his chance to prove to me that he was really sincere and was not just another one of them", I was arguing against poorly researched and emotional letters written by people that are just pissed that Senator White from Indiana or Congressman White from Georgia, all white and shiny and phony to the most casual of observers aren't in the White House instead of a Mulatto who definitely fits the description of an African American and even likes basketball. When he speaks, he sometimes lets loose some of that "Black" accent, that homey speak which just proves his inferiority to those who protested with tea bags and Jim Crow sentiments.
I repeat that, however marveled I was that a Black man was elected President of the United States of America by a significant margin, I did listen to his foreign policy plans and I did note that he voted to give a pass to communications corporations that worked with The Regime in its attempt to secretly spy on anyone, American citizen or not, and made sport of some of the more "humorous" dialogues between two parties who they knew were not in any way, shape or form connected with terrorism of any kind.
You may believe that Middle Easterners hijacked planes on 9/11 as well as where that story goes. I submit if you believe that, you believe it because the tin foil hat conspiracy theorists are obviously wrong and you probably aren't going to "waste your time" researching any of the facts that, basically, make a fool of you for believing the government sponsored fairy tale. I submit you haven't read nearly enough if you disagree with any of the arguments which demand a real investigation into what happened on 9/11 to, first and foremost, decide "who done it". If you've done any research, you wouldn't be fair to deny that there is a reason to begin a real investigation starting from that point.
However, let's say, just for giggles and whatever else, that the government sponsored attempt to outdo Grimm's Fairy Tales is honest injun true. We all know what happened.
At first we were told that Al Qaeda, based in Afghanistan, was responsible for what happened on that day. If I remember correctly, at one of the more somber "vigils" in response to this attack, a New York firefighter or policeman, one or the other, walked out on stage, dropped drawer and honored us with a look at his crack while he yelled, "You can kiss my white Irish ass, Osama bin Laden."
I can't help but believe that this man and his white Irish ass were on the front line cheering when The Regime decided to send troops into Iraq, a move having nothing to do with bin Laden's desire or ability to kiss any white Irish ass. There was yet another American surge of blind hate toward an ethnic group about which most Americans knew/know little if anything. This placed The Front Man high in his diamond studded saddle as he rode into the sunset to invade Iraq for what Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and other non-Iraqi related entities did on 9/11/01. Clear, lucid thought was not part of the process in this "hate anyone who might be mistaken for an Arab" fest.
If Osama bin Laden coordinated what happened on 9/11 from Afghanistan and we had reason to capture or kill him, most preferably capture him to get him to talk, we should have sent some of our sharp shooting, never missing, super duper Navy Seals, Marine Green Berets, Army Rangers, Delta Force or The Air Force Commandos to flush out Osama bin Laden quicker than one can say "Allah is great." We could have even sent the CIA covert Special Commandos to track down the overpowering desert rat and cave dweller, capture him and bring him to face trial for the crime he supposedly "blessed".
I don't know for sure, but when I hear three Navy Seals knocked off three pirates with three bullets, I can't help but think that these special operations units could have tracked down and captured bin Laden by now with one hand tied behind their backs.