Sunday, September 27, 2009

I consider myself an independent but have been unable to vote for a Democrat because their leadership has swung so far to the left that anyone to the right of Karl Marx is considered an extremist.

If I could trust the GOP, I'd be in the party of no -- no to socialism, no to the economic and political suicide of a nation that until now said no to tyrants. The party of no is preferred to the party of death -- death to the unborn, death to liberty, death to the Constitution and death to national sovereignty.

Watch what happens a year from now. This fight is just getting started.

Chip Edwards, Plano

Source: Dallas Morning News

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The issue is morality, not skin color

Recent letter writers said Tea Party and 9/12 protest participants are racist and hate our president because he is black.

President Barack Obama is half-white so he is a mixture of both races, not black as so many say. While a few of the protesters are racists, the majority are not.

Most of you who complain about us don't understand we are Christians with strong moral values who are opposed to reckless spending by our leaders, 47 czars with questionable reputations advising our president and persons such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barney Frank who have way too much control over our government.

If some of you would listen to Fox News, perhaps you would be better informed.

Peggy Davis
Germantown

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Friday, September 18, 2009

Our burgeoning socialist state

The people on the left support failed socialist programs we have had in the past; Medicare, Cars for Clunkers and the prescription drug plan where they take taxpayer funds and give those funds to others. Now they want to implement the largest socialist program in U.S. history with nationalized health care.

All the hard core Communist countries started out with what in their minds was only fair -- redistribution of the fruits of the successful to the unfortunate who did not apply themselves and refused to participate in a capitalist economy.

Naturally, mankind refuses to give credit earned by hard working individuals to those who had no part in the process, thus the earners will eventually resist the state's confiscation of their profits and the socialism begins to find widespread resistance.

When this happens, the only survival for socialism will be force by the state. Remember, Communism is only Socialism at the point of a gun.

The most famous example of extreme socialism was the Nazi party in Germany. The word Nazi is a word derived from the German word: "Nationalsozialist" that simply is translated in English to: "National Socialist".

If you look at the strict definition of the word Nazi, you will find the Democratic Party's actions of late are closer to Nazism than the American citizens expressing their right to question their government. In 1939 Germany, if their citizens questioned their government, they found themselves incarcerated, facing potential fatal consequences.

This health care plan is just another step in the slippery slope to bigger and more terrifying things to come if we don't take a stand right now.

Robin Wallace
Cordova

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

For Democrats, it's all about power

What President Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are doing has nothing to do with health care or taxes. It is all about their ability to continue to wield this massive amount of unchecked power that they are gathering. By listening to what they say, watching what they do and who they surround themselves with, you can see that they are changing (as fast as they possibly can) America's capitalist society based on freedom to a socialist society where freedom is limited, and ultimately to a communist society where freedom does not exist.

It's not too late to save this country if you will only open your eyes and speak up about what you see.

Lee Underwood
Greenwood, Miss.

Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Let's make a deal

As a West Point graduate, I know full well the importance of a quality education. As such, I'd typically commend any president who encourages our nation's sons and daughters to work hard, practice good study habits, respect their teachers and earn a quality education. However, our current president crossed the line and politicized what should have been a perfectly appropriate address.

A suggested lesson plan to go with the speech encouraged students to learn more about Barack Obama and "write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president." First, how are our students supposed to learn more about Barack Obama when he continues to hide his past and is spending exorbitant amounts of money concealing his college transcripts and other educational records? Why? What does he have to hide?

Second, I don't want my children being told to write letters about how they can help the president when I vehemently opposed Barack Obama's irrefutably socialist policies, radical leftist appointments and conflicting values and beliefs.

However, I'm a reasonable guy. Since Barack Obama likes to appease and negotiate, I'll make him a deal. If he releases all of his college transcripts and educational records, I will consider letting him address my children on the importance of a quality education. Otherwise, I'll spend that classroom hour teaching my children the importance of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States of America.

MIKE VARGO
South Park

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Society plays a role in devaluing human dignity

It has been four weeks since the tragic events at the LA Fitness center in Collier ("Four Dead in Fitness Center Shooting," Aug. 5), and I haven't read a good explanation to answer Connie Moneck's question (Connie is a sister of Heidi Overmier, one of the women killed) on "why someone would do this to perfectly innocent people." I'm not foolish enough to believe my reasoning will do that, but I believe the explanations as to why George Sodini thought his actions were justifiable are deeper than easy access to guns or lack of a physical relationship with women.

Why would he violate a moral precept that is inherent in every human being no matter what their cultural, political or religious background? That precept is: that it is always wrong to intentionally kill an innocent human being. The only way this precept can be violated is if the human being who is being killed is not seen as a person and thus relegated to the status of a sub-personal object.

The widespread acceptance of pornography, sexual relations outside of marriage and artificial contraception corresponds directly to a devaluation of the dignity of sexual relations between people and leads to the objectification, for the most part, of women and children. Mr. Sodini mistakenly saw women as objects causing his unhappiness, so it was acceptable to him to eliminate them.

I agree we can't rely on the government to legislate morality, but a government needs moral citizens to function properly. The problem is that, when a government passes laws that violate the dignity of a person (abortion, destructive embryonic research, physician-assisted suicide), it weakens the ability of communities that produce moral citizens (families, church and civic groups) to accomplish that task. These laws also teach society at large that it is acceptable to treat certain human beings, as Mr. Sodini did that horrible night, as sub-personal objects.

DANIEL A. IRACKI, M.D.
Upper St. Clair

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette