All of the letters published in the Sunday edition of August 3, were thought provoking and will no doubt generate discussion. I choose to discuss the letter 'A Discussion to have' by Mr. Paul Goldsmith.
He starts the letter stating that he appreciates the editorial page of our local newspaper where he finds freedom of thought and intellectual sophistication. Then he tells us he has yet to find that in mainstream media or on Internet sites. He then proceeds to mention columnist and local writers to the Editor as examples each one of them are conservative or from the Tea Party or are libertarian.
Does he not realize that those letters are found on an Internet web site or that any of the columnist he mention especially Michelle Malkin are seen on programs from the mainstream media? Of course members of the right do not consider Fox as mainstream even thought they keep telling us that Fox and Fox News is number one in the ratings. Of course what the right means by mainstream is liberal media or anything that is not Fox.
He then describes himself as being a jock with a crew cut and playing sports and respected member of the community, while the rest where a bunch of liberal hippies smoking pot and complaining about the system. I too was in high school in the sixties and plenty of the crew cut respected jocks were out scoring all kinds of drugs. I also remembered a lot of them having long hair pass their shirt collars like Broadway Joe and other pro athletes of the time. They were not so much respected as they were popular. I would have worn my hair longer except that I worked after school and long hair was frowned on by employers especially on male employees. I wasn't a jock nor smoked pot nor played sports. I had responsibilities most in my class did not. That is not a complaint that is just facts.
Then he discovered 30 years later that people do change and he thinks it is because of hard work. Hard life experiences change people Mr. Goldsmith not hard work.
He states he gives liberals a break because they are mostly young and they had been brained washed by liberal minded educators. Makes me wonder what is your excuse is for your beliefs?
He ends the letter by wanting to continue the discussion of exceptionalism in America but only if the liberals can behave themselves. They have to be able to say something good about America and not to name-call like they always do. Like to know how we do that after what you called us, Mr. Goldsmith? You know, lazy, whiny, potheads, mostly young, sports adverse and wear their hair long and are brainwashed. But I will do my best to respond to the discussion you want to have.
I would like to know why your fellow conservatives think that exceptionalism in America has eroded because there are liberals in government and our nation? I don't think America is less exceptional like many of your fellow conservatives think because Obama was elected President.
What makes the editorial page of this newspaper exceptional is not all of the conservatives who contribute. It is because the newspaper has all political philosophies expressed on this page and from any one who cares to write and express their views. That is what makes it enlightening.
One more comment on name calling it happens from all sides of politics and it is not going away no matter how much we desire it to. The conservative columnists you listed have done name calling of liberals. Cal Thomas even wrote a column addressing the name calling he did at a public event against liberals especially one in particular and wrote a column apologizing for his transgression. It was a very good column and made me look at him in a better light. I hope that I can the say the same of you in the future.
Charles M. Reeder
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