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Letter to the Editor: Right's propoganda machine working overtime


I find it difficult to give a reasoned response to John Bost's latest missal of misinformation (letter on June 30). It is stark evidence that the extreme political right has a well-oiled propaganda machine that would make Joseph Goebbels proud.

Obama waging a war on women? Ridiculous! It simply does not comport with the facts or the truth for that matter as evidenced by the following. Obama and the Democrats introduced and got Congress to pass the Lily Ledbetter Act that overruled a recent Supreme Court decision that prevented Ms. Ledbetter from filing a discrimination claim with the EEOC for equal pay. The act restored the old law that the 18-day time limit for job discrimination runs anew with each paycheck received. Almost all Republicans voted against it. Obama proposed and sent to Congress a bill that would guarantee equal pay for women who are payed on average 30 percent less than men for doing the same job. Republicans killed it in the Senate with the filibuster. Obama's Affordable Care Act provides contraceptives to women which allows them more control with the reproductive process and in most cases is essential for women's health at no cost through their health insurance. The list goes on and on.

This a typical tactic of the Right. While waging a war on women they accuse the other side of the very same thing in order to convince an all-to-often gullible voting public that they are the good guys. Unfortunately, it often works all to well to the detriment of working-class Americans.

A reasonable person must question how supposedly intelligent people can resort to such tactics. Perhaps its genetic as proposed by a recent study by the British weekly magazine, "New Scientist."

I quote, "A rather unflattering view of conservatives emerges from the studies. They are portrayed as dogmatic, routine-loving individuals, while liberals come across as free-spirited and open minded folk."

The proposal that genetics influences ones political tendencies seems plausible. Perhaps we liberals should not be so hard on them. After all they were born that way.

Gene Rigelon, Front Royal


Gene don't expect a fact based response to your letter from Mr. Bost. We saw during the online exchange following his letter that he can't produce any. Rhetoric and sound bites are the extent of what you will get in return. He can only parrot what he hears from the conservative right.

Gene, Just my personal opinion, of course, but Mr. Bost is more interested in the attention than actual content. For me that was apparent when several citizens were commenting on his letter posted on Jun 20 addressing presidential candidates flip-flopping, citing examples, negative impact, etc. and Mr. Bost tried to stir the discussion back to why candidates flip-flop. Good grief!

Your statement "they accuse the other side of the very same thing in order to convince an all-to-often gullible voting public" is evidenced by the fact that Adam Brandon, spokesman for FreedomWorks, which has been organizing tea-party activists, and includes Richard "Dick" Armey as chairman, says the group gives Saul Alinsky's "Rules for Radicals" to its top leadership members and a shortened version of the guide called "Rules for Patriots" to its entire network. http://www.freedomworks.org/news/albanys-freedomworks-manager-trains-group

My thanks to Jane Mackie and ronbo 44 for speaking out so eloquently. Keep it up!

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