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Letters to the Editor

July 10, 2010

Attacks on Obama have gone beyond absurd



To the editor:

Boy, now I'm starting to get concerned. I guess there really are a lot of nut cases out there.

It all started, of course, when Barack Obama was elected president. A tough one to swallow for all those right-wing conservatives, I suppose, but man - the attacks have gone beyond the absurd.

I don't agree with everything President Obama has done. For example, I'm not happy about the increasing national debt (but I've been concerned about this for more than 20 years), and I don't believe the administration's initial response to the Gulf oil disaster was strong enough. But enough is enough.

Here are some of the more surreal examples.

President Obama was severely criticized by Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and others for bowing to some other world leaders. I wonder if Beck and Limbaugh were just as angry when Republican Presidents Eisenhower, Nixon and George H.W. Bush did the same thing. Something tells me they didn't say a word.

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Next, those same right-wing conservatives hammered Obama for not attending Memorial Day services at Arlington National Cemetery. Instead, Obama went to the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery outside of Chicago to honor our fallen soldiers, while Vice President Joe Biden attended services at Arlington.

Of course, neither Beck nor Limbaugh ever served in the military, yet were obviously not listening when a representative of the American veterans said he didn't "really see the big deal, so long as he's (Obama) taking the time to honor our fallen war heroes ... Arlington is certainly not the only place our fallen heroes are buried, so why not pay your respects to veterans around the country."

Had Beck and Limbaugh bothered to look, other presidents have skipped out on Memorial Day services at Arlington - Ronald Reagan spoke one year at West Point, then another year, spent Memorial Day weekend at his California ranch; George H.W. Bush actually never attended Memorial Day services at Arlington at all; and his son, George W. Bush, skipped 2001 and 2002, but did attend services there the last six years of his presidency.

The latest and most outrageous accusation against Obama and his administration has come in the wake of this terrible oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Again, "trustworthy" right-wing conservatives Beck and Limbaugh, among others, have pointed their fingers at Obama and his team saying they intentionally caused this disaster. It was all done so Obama could cancel all offshore oil drilling, they said. This is almost as insane as what some said of President George W. Bush after Sept. 11 - that he and his administration orchestrated that awful attack.

I suppose we all need someone to blame for everything - we all need scapegoats. I just wish that we wouldn't immediately believe everything someone else says or writes, whether that person be a politician, a radio commentator or even a friend. Knowledge is power, but more often we Americans - and sometimes I'm just as much to blame as anyone - show our utter ignorance.

Jeff Driscoll
Hagerstown




Md. has a Republican alternative to Ehrlich in governor's race



To the editor:

Some people might ask: Who is Brian Murphy? That's what I often find when I mention him to friends. And why is that? Why don't we know his name?

Mostly because the Maryland Republican establishment has already tried to decide for Republican voters that only former Gov. Robert Ehrlich can beat incumbent Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley.

Let me understand this logic. Ehrlich promises to be marginally better than the current Democratic governor on issues such as spending, taxes and just possibly keeping Maryland from becoming even more of a "sanctuary state" for illegal immigrants.

His four previous years as governor were lackluster at best, so much so that grass-roots people didn't work hard for him in 2006 and he subsequently lost to O'Malley. Now, we are expected to make a leap of faith and assert that only Ehrlich can beat O'Malley.

Maryland is in a fiscal mess. We all know it. Why not look to someone outside the establishment, someone who isn't beholden to special interests? How about a businessman like Brian Murphy? Wouldn't that be refreshing for a change? He is most definitely not a career politician and for me, that is one of his most appealing attributes.

Murphy supports issues near and dear to our hearts in Western Maryland. He is pro-life, strongly supports the Second Amendment right to bear arms, is the only gubernatorial candidate who has signed a pledge to oppose any new taxes and is the only candidate who wants to get illegal immigration under control in Maryland and has publicly supported an Arizona-like bill for our state.

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