2008-10-10 / Letters

The Progressive … A Socialist By Any Other Name

Dear Editor,

I have to hand it to John Paul Culotta. In an article calling for reasoned and enlightened presidential debates over the many challenges facing us all as Americans, he manages to simultaneously put forth the most hackneyed and predictable Democratic/ Liberal talking points. He couches his entire polemic in sophisms meant to convey a sense of working towards a greater good when, in fact, he is only attempting to advance his depression era socialist agenda wrapped in the rhetoric of populism: "it would appear we need a president that seeks to use diplomacy to settle international differences rather than a president who believes in using military force as the first and only option." Please have Mr. Culotta call me when the 30 plus years of "diplomacy" with Iran (spanning five Democratic and Republican presidencies) leads us to a better solution than the eradication of the USA and Israel, because that's exactly what the president of Iran continues to espouse while continuing to enrich uranium.

Earlier in his article he states: "… our political agenda for too many years has been to make the more fortunate of us richer … the wealthy are waging war on the American who is in need…"

Talk about class warfare. To continue this idea of us-against-them, is exactly what is dividing this nation. Mr. Culotta has this false impression of a static class structure, a type of caste system in which Americans are relegated to Dickensian squalor by virtue of their zip code. Never mind the fact that what continuously draws millions of immigrants to this country is the complete opposite; the fact that an individual can reach the highest levels of society within one generation. Ironically, this has been a cornerstone of Obama's campaign. His personal story of rising up from humble beginnings.

In usual fashion, Mr. Culotta finishes with a laundry list of democratic points straight from Nancy Pelosi's congressional desk calendar, everything from economic doom and gloom to lack of educational opportunities to the collapse of healthcare. One wonders how 300 million of us manage to survive at all? And yet poll after poll reveals that the vast majority of Americans are personally satisfied with their lives when asked.

By all means let us debate the issues at hand: how to deal with hostile nations, radical Islamist agendas, economic reform to prevent ongoing abuses, funding social security, immigration reform and equitable tax structure. Let us not, however, start off with the usual subterfuge. Americans know what McCain stands for, many are not so sure of what Obama stands for. If it is Quasi-socialism as is evident in Mr. Culotta's writings, let him at least stand or fall by his true ideals.

HAROLD PAEZ

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