What happened to uniter, not divider?

This is in response to the April 2 letter “He’s a strong leader that nation needs”: In my opinion, attitudes such as the writer’s are the real problem with the current political landscape. The writer states, “…the fact is, I don’t care what liberals think … ” Really? He doesn’t care? We live in a country in which every voice should have a say, every voice should be heard, even a dissenting voice.

The writer states that he doesn’t think President Bush cares what the media says about him, or about the protests levied in opposition. If that is true, it is both sad and frightening. The alternative is not democracy. The president, who the writer touts as a “very smart man” was supposed to unite not divide, his words. Apparently he hasn’t succeeded in doing that. I mean, if one of his most fervent supporters doesn’t care to listen to other opinions, I would call that a massive failure. What else is new?

This attitude mirrors the actions of this arrogant administration. They don’t care what liberals think, either. Not just liberals but anyone who disagrees. Their policy is you are with us or against us, no quarter. That is not America.

We live in the greatest country in the world, and yet the current administration is undermining that greatness. They are turning their back on democracy, thumbing their noses at the tenets of freedom that this country was built on. “Values” such as the letter espouses belong on the playground or in China.

I am liberal, but I will listen to whatever my conservative brethren have to say. Of course, I reserve the right to disagree, but the point is, “I don’t care … ” attitudes are simply shortsighted, self-serving and detrimental to the progress of society.

Tyler Ingram


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