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Letter to the Editor - June 12

June 12, 2013

Debate should center on the issues, not personal dislikes


To the editor:

On June 7, The Herald-Mail printed an article by Alan Powell that belittled and demeaned Rand Paul. Powell ended his article with the statement that, “he is white, the successful son of a successful father, and both haven’t the foggiest idea about the actual problems of the working-class people. They are a perfect clone of the typical tea party enthusiast.” This statement could have been meaningful if Powell had told us what the problems of the working class are, and what he would do about them; he did not, so I assume that he too is in the fog about these problems.

In his article, Powell repeats the well-known quote of British writer Samuel Johnson and applies it to Paul — that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.” OK Mr. Powell, what is your point, and why did you write this article? You clearly do not care for Rand Paul on either a professional or personal level, however you could have kept your disagreements with Mr. Paul on an intellectual level. 

Rand Paul and his father are both accomplished public servants and they deserve your respect. I support your right to state your opposition to their political views, however I think that your message would have been more powerful if you had limited it to a principled attack of their ideas.

I would like to remind Mr. Powell what the letters in TEA party stand for: Taxed Enough Already, and I do not know anyone that does not believe that this is correct. If Americans sat down and thought about what the TEA party really believes in they would have many more active supporters. Government is not a source of wealth, the people are. And the people are tired of  large government wasting large amounts of their money, and that, Mr. Powell, is what the “actual problem” of the working class is.

I am not a TEA party member, however they are on the right track in their efforts to rein in both over-zealous taxation and the excessive government spending that it fuels. No political party is all right or all wrong; we must listen to all sides of the debate and incorporate the best ideas of all political parties in deciding how our nation should be governed, and we should always show civility to those with whom we disagree. Offering an olive branch rather than barbed rhetoric is a much better way for Americans to treat each other.


Rodney Pearson, Sr.
Keedysville

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