To the editor:
I read with annoyance and some amusement Kyle Givens’ letter in the June 11 Public Forum titled “Misleading the flock?” First, no Mr. Givens, I do not have second thoughts about Mr. Obama. I was appalled at the direction President Bush took our nation, while destroying our economy with his all-business-all-the-time administration and his trashing of world opinion of the U.S. through dictatorial, inflammatory, unilateral policies and acts of aggression, imprisonment without due recourse, overwrought patriotism, and use of torture — all hallmarks of fascism, by the way.
I see a turnaround in our economy, a return to the basic principles of human rights upon which our nation was founded and a return to sane, bilateral foreign policy in President Obama’s policies, which are resulting in a re-establishment of America as a beacon of freedom and democracy.
But that is what annoyed, not amused, me. I chuckled at his labeling of President Obama as both a fascist, on the far right of the political spectrum, and as a socialist, about two-thirds of the way to the far left. Consult your dictionary; you may label President Obama a fascist or a socialist if you wish, but you can’t have it both ways. In closing, I repeat the phrase progressives had to stomach repeatedly when President Bush was elected, “Get over it; you lost!”