Obama has made every possible effort to reestablish non partisan approaches to major problems facing the U.S. The consequence has been radical attacks on him personally based ordinarily upon the usual Republican type lies plus some new horrors such as the claim that his health care system would call for killing elderly people. Elderly people are certainly dying prematurely compared with those in other nations on our level — but because they cannot afford and/or are denied health care supported by private insurance plans. Who has not had to battle to get them to pay up on benefits specified in their plans. It almost looks as though they are appointing staff for their abilities to con subscribers. Certainly for the elderly who are struggling with thinking problems anyway this is an easy, if horrendously ugly game.

It looks to me as though Obama had best start dominating the headlines by giving it to the Republicans with all the anti snake venom he can muster. He has made the effort to reestablish the old way of doing things — with respect for those as persons with whom one may disagree on policies. “NO WAY!” has this been the Republican response again and again. Watching these people boldly lie in interviews and interrupting TV responses speaks to techniques developed by regimes with which we were at war in WW2 and suggests that they have consciously been adopting them as the way to sabotage the national interest in favor of their greedy corporate sponsors. There is a touch of racism, too, on the part of the Southern ones who seek to frighten their constituents with the notion that whites will soon be dominated by other racial and religious groups. This is NOT the way of modern democracies to say the least. It smacks of something out of Iran or others of the more tyrannical regimes.

What do you think?

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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