2000-12-23 / Letters

Like Father, Like Son

Dear Editor;

The party’s over. We are well into the second great worldwide capitalist depression of the twentieth century. Spiraling unemployment and small-business failure are already visible.

The difference this time is that we don’t have a friend of the people, Franklin Roosevelt, leading the United States and taking every possible step "to comfort the uncomfortable, and discomfort the comfortable." Instead, we will have at the helm a career servant of the richest Americans—a son of privilege who dedicates himself to lifting the meager remaining welfare away from our poorest, starving our public schools and hospitals, plundering our environment, while ending inheritance taxes on the billionaires, ending capital gains taxes, totally unleashing the corporate economy-strangling monopolies, suppressing anger in the population through zombifying monopoly media, multiplying police operations, and further packing our prisoners beyond the two million poor currently there. Rigid class separation and stratification is the Bush formula, senior and junior.

It is entirely appropriate and just that the American people, who tolerated America’s hypocritical imposition of minority presidents (dictators) upon country after country on every continent, through bombs and invasions, covered by empty rhetoric about "democracy"—should now have imposed themselves an oppressive minority president who could not gather a majority of the popular or legitimate electoral votes. How does it feel, oh hypocrites?

STEPHEN WOHL


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