The latest missile of right wing misinformation from Jane Silek (letter to the editor on Oct. 2.) leads one to ponder why people would resort to such obviously false information designed to inflame the American public solely to achieve the publicly announced goal of making Barak Obama a one-term president.
Although they will vigorously deny it, one can easily make the case that they are motivated by the fear that their all-white male hierarchy is being threatened. America is fast changing demographically.
We are no longer a nation that is overwhelmingly of European ancestry. The so-called non-white population is very close to 50 percent and rapidly rising, and will surely be a majority in the near future. We have made significant progress in the seemingly never-ending battle for equal rights. Minorities are on the rise, women are on the rise, gay and lesbians are on the rise, but so is fear. The fact that we elected an African-American president was a significant accomplishment, but the fact that hateful rhetoric questioning his place of birth and thus his citizenship is an indication that racism is still alive and well, albeit lurking below the surface.
The fact that one political party puts political power above the nation's welfare is a manifestation of that fear and predictably leads to political gridlock and the inability to compromise. One warning sign is the conservative-leaning Supreme Court's 5-4 decision in the Citizens United case which opened the flood gates to individuals and corporations to give unlimited funds to political campaigns anonymously. The effect is that the one person, one vote concept upon which this nation was founded upon is compromised. Another is the attempt by one party to suppress the vote by requiring a special identification which is nothing more than a poll tax to disenfranchise the elderly, poor, the young and minorities from voting. It is nothing more than an expression of great fear.
Let us hope that reasonable Americans can come together and correct these obvious assaults on our most cherished democracy. Please keep that in mind when you go to the polls this November.
Gene Rigelon, Front Royal