Free Speech – 01/05/11

Far left? Far right? No way.

As a libertarian-leaning independent I love to watch the far right and the far left squirm when they don’t get their way. Looks like it’s the far left’s turn now since President Obama has moved firmly to middle ground politically and abandoned all or nearly all of his far left friends and philosophies.

Take Marianne Stanley. She scares me like Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter scare me. Much of what Stanley said in her Dayton City Paper Debate Forum column (DCP, Dec. 22-28, 2010) over the Obama tax deal could have been written in, say, 2000 when President Bush abandoned his far right friends and philosophies. Actually, much of Stanley’s column decried Obama’s election as president in the first place.

Try this out, a la 2000, written by, and it’s a stretch I know, fellow Debate Forum author Dave Landon; “Those millions of eyes that looked to Bush with tear-filled hope and excitement the day he was elected are now shuttered and dead with bitter disappointment and anger as yet another president betrays the majority of Americans (insert debate over hanging chads here) so it can serve …”

Or maybe, “President Bush’s election brought out the feelings in millions that we were ‘saved’ in the nick of time from the utter destruction of this country.” Yep, millions of far right Americans thought Bill Clinton had trashed the U.S. and “W” was the Second Coming.

Maybe sometime the far right and far left will actually “get it” that all presidents and almost all elected officials have to take a deep breath and move towards a middle ground, meet their dreaded and always dead wrong opponents there and practice some give and take. This country is way too big to have one far right or far left group run it.

Charles K. Miller

South Vienna, Ohio

[RE: Debate Forum by Marianne Stanley, 12/22/10]

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