Letters to the Editor

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October 3, 2010


To the editor:

It’s been said that President Barack Obama is one of the most, if not the most, polarizing presidents in United States history. I can not disagree. He appears in nearly every Republican Party campaign advertisement you see but hardly any Democratic Party campaign advertisements, if any. That’s polarized.

Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News is covering thunderstorms on the East Coast, life in outer space and wishing happy birthday to “The Flintstones.” I guess sometimes, there just isn’t enough news to fill up 20-some minutes of news programming.


justmytwocents 7 years, 3 months ago

Hhmm, I haven't seen the President in any Republican commericals they show in my neck of the woods. Tom must get those fancy channels

Carol Bowen 7 years, 3 months ago

What about all the ads that claim a democratic candidate supports "the failed policies" of Obama and Pelosi? It seems like the same ad for several of the Republican candidates.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 3 months ago

I have never seen Tom write a verifiable fact in my life.

KayCee 7 years, 3 months ago

Of course not- you kids in Lawrence are blind to the true facts.

whats_going_on 7 years, 3 months ago

There is more to life than politics. Crawl out of your creepy little hole.

Richard Heckler 7 years, 3 months ago

Let's describe polarizing:

Face it history documents that republicans destroy financial institutions which creates:

  1. job losses

  2. loss of medical insurance

  3. loss of retirement plans

  4. loss of homes

How do we know this?

The Reagan/Bush savings and loan heist was considered the largest theft in history at the time. George Herbert Walker Bush then took $1.4 trillion of taxpayers money to cover the theft. http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  1. The Bush/Cheney Wall Street Bank Fraud on Consumers Yes, substantial fraud was involved. For example, mortgage companies and banks used deceit to get people to take on mortgages when there was no possibility that the borrowers would be able to meet the payments. Not only was this fraud, but this fraud depended on government authorities ignoring their regulatory responsibilities." http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  2. Only 3 major Financial Institutions were at risk in spite of what we’re told ? "There were just a handful of institutions that were terribly weakened. AIG the insurer, Bank of America and Citigroup, Those three were clearly in very weakened form. Many of the other big banks simply were not. http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  3. Privatizing Social Security Would Place the Nations Economy at Risk "Social Security privatization will raise the size of the government's deficit to nearly $700 billion per year for the next 20 years, almost tripling the size of the national debt.

Put simply, moving to a system of private accounts would not only put retirement income at risk--it would likely put the entire economy at risk." http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.html

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

Wow, haven't seen those links in a while. You do know that Reagan is dead, don't you?

Richard Heckler 7 years, 3 months ago

More on polarizing:

Why would a country ever vote republican again after these crimes against america?

  1. Bush Reagan Iran – Contra Secret Weapons Affair http://www.fas.org/irp/offdocs/walsh/execsum.htm


Did it ever stop?

http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

  1. Nixon's Watergate http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

  2. Bush/Cheney dropping the ball thus 9/11/01 aka Bush/Cheney money hole multi-trillion dollar violent occupation of Iraq,Afghanistan,Pakistan

  3. Republicans "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

  4. Still A Bad Idea – Bush Tax Cuts - The ENTITLEMENT program for the wealthy at the expense of the upper middle class and the middle class http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2001/0301miller.html

Flap Doodle 7 years, 3 months ago

Copy/paste, copy/paste, copy/paste. Nobody reads these anymore, merrill, it anyone ever did.

whats_going_on 7 years, 3 months ago

I don't think he's posting it for you. I think he's posting it for the people who want to read something besides mindless political bashing.

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

A teletubby that only gets FoxNews on its tummy -- Yikes! It is like Glenn Beck and Chuckie had a love child.

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

how long do you really think you can keep up this especial facade?

eh-oh barry penders. have some tubby grey goose custard and share some quality time with LaaLaaLar.

(just reading and chuckling now)

BrianR 7 years, 3 months ago

Obama is polarizing on Faux News and WorldNetDaily and the dozens of other similar sources or 'news' but in the real world, not so much.

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

I agree. They should be loud about the fact that they passed healthcare legislation and that Republicans want to deny 30 million people access to insurance including YOUR children who just turned 18, that the stimulus helped prevent us from falling into another Great Depression, that they passed legislation that will put limits on Wall Street, etc... Democrats should be proud of their record of achievements.

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

tom: ...... on the number one rated news channel, The Fox News channel?

as has been argued by a number of conservative posters: Fox "news" is not a really a news/information program, it is an entertainment program.

(also: May a god whose TV's remote control has fresh batteries bless you = idolatry)

Scott Drummond 7 years, 3 months ago

It has been said TomShewmon is one of the most blindingly partisan posters on these boards. I cannot disagree. He appears to spew his hatred of this President in virtually every topic of the LJW blogspace and virtually never has anything positive to say about anyone with views to the left of the John Birch Society. That's messed up. Etc...

Scott Drummond 7 years, 3 months ago

It has been said that george w. bush and dick cheney deliberately planned the 9-11 attacks in order to engage in oil and war profiteering.

It has been said that the former right wing administration equated our Constitution with toilet paper.

It has been said the Sarah Palin keeps something of Todd's in a small jar.

It has been said Newt Gingrich eats small choir boys for breakfast.

It has been said Lindsey Graham and John McCain.......well, you get the idea.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 3 months ago

I think the answer will depend on whether taxpayers can reduce the welfare given to the military, Wall Street greed merchants, employers of illegal immigrants and all those oil and gas and agribusinesses benefiting from their free or subsidized use of public resources.

By the way, many would support helping the victims of our current economic policies, rather than continuing to support the abusers.

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Jimo 7 years, 3 months ago

"He appears in nearly every Republican Party campaign advertisement you see but hardly any Democratic Party campaign advertisements, if any. That’s polarized."

No, two sides doing different - not opposite but different - things do not make a polarity.

In reality, the GOP pushes a cartoon version of Obama as a coded avatar for a whole world of garbage pushed through their propaganda networks 24/7. That's why they won't discuss substantive policy points and can't explain any detailed plan to take a different path - they have no plan and their core voters are uninterested in substance. Democrat advertising isn't about Obama (yea or nay) but rather focuses on a choice between Plan Democrat or Plan Republican. That is, not a choice between personalities but a choice between substance and records.

One would have thought that the additional time and effort to physically write to the Editor rather than blast off some passing brainfart would have resulted in a more substantive comment from Mr. Shewmon. Instead, we're left with a letter that poorly manages to make any point (the reader must supply the inferences and connections to stitch together Mr. Shewmon's words) and fails to support the claims made. (Seriously, we're to believe that NBC news never carries stories about the economy and never mentions or refers to Obama while Fox, which routinely issues blanket bans on appearances by figures who contradict Fox's propaganda, is the 'news record of choice'?)

Mr. Shewmon could have taken his 200 words and put forward some proposal. Instead, the LJW has cut down 200 trees to publish literally nothing.

tomatogrower 7 years, 3 months ago

"Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News is covering thunderstorms on the East Coast, life in outer space and wishing happy birthday to “The Flintstones.” I guess sometimes, there just isn’t enough news to fill up 20-some minutes of news programming."

They also report, ad naseum, about the Tea Party. But seriously, Tom, you really need to get some help. There are things happening out there which have nothing to do with politics. Go for a walk, get out of your bunker, maybe even see a therapist. Go play some games with your family. People's homes flooding on the east coast is probably more important news than who is ahead in the polls, especially if you have family and friends there. This letter is really disturbing and your many posts are really very OCD.

whats_going_on 7 years, 3 months ago

you're right, they did. It goes back and forth depending on who is in office.

Which begs the question, if you agree with this point, than why are you so eager to follow the band of miscreants at Faux News? Isn't that slightly hypocritical?

Also, sometimes people like to hear things OTHER than politics. Not everyone is so effing obsessed with it, and they shouldn't be. It's not healthy, and it's not going to get this country anywhere. Just create more....you's. :\

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

massive failurrere of a response, tom.

Maddy Griffin 7 years, 3 months ago

The only reason he is in so many Republican ads is because they chose to put him in there. Now who is polarizing?

jayhawklawrence 7 years, 3 months ago

In bringing up the topic of polarization, I think Tom has accidentally stumbled upon a very relevant topic for our time and so I propose a question.

Have we reached the point in the history of our nation where our western culture is limiting us from evolving to a society that can effectively deal with the challenges of the 21st century and have we reached a pivotal point where we are either going to evolve or decline as a nation?

Who will the future belong to and why?

I think asian countries are better positioned to deal with future problems than we are at this time.

The problem is our tendency to see everything as good and evil, black and white and to put things into boxes with labels. This is a tendency of our western culture and you see no better example of the falacy of this kind of thinking than when you see our current political environment.

I think Americans are very confused about who to support and politicians are confused about how to make our system work without resorting to lies, corruption and spending competitions. I think politicians are just plain lost when it comes to solving problems.

Today, too many people see the two major parties as a competition between good and evil and fail to be able to cooperate in a manner that can achieve practical solutions.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 3 months ago

Still enjoying the right to free speech that a country you are embarassed to be a citizen of provides.

puddleglum 7 years, 3 months ago

very good assessment.

problem is, its 'merica: so there is only one winner in the eyes of many.

I am this winner. I am pretty, intelligent, mostly-all-knowing, happy all of the time, good with children, and women adore me. I light up the world like a light house. My glowing beacon brings hope to the hopeless, enchants well-wishers beyond the planet. everywhere I go, my fairy dust tingles the skin....

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

That is still 700,000 short of meeting their Million Moron March goal!

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

tom shewmon: "BAA, I hate to beat the drum, but your simply not going to get the truth from the mainstream, establishment liberal leaning media......you're just not going to get the truth." baaa... 1. you love beating the drum. seems you do not much else. 2. whatever the "lamestream media" (i.e. lamestream media = anything tom shewmon may disagree with at a particular momemt) may offer, you're (your) just not going to get the truth from tom shewmon (via fox entertainment).

bearded_gnome 7 years, 3 months ago

Yo Tom, good letter! and democrats are running faster from Mr. Obama than [democ]rats leaving a sinking ship! remember how some of these posters used to shout GWB's "low" approval ratings? Mr. Obama is about there now. he's nearly got the equally low approval ratings.

however you forgot some of the other news that's more important than Mr. Obama's rapidly sinking popularity: the anniversary of the death of the creator of Peanuts (the cartoon series); Fall, and the changing color of leaves; a service dog that's actually not a service dog who does what dogs naturally do; and what's that latest trouble with some 'pop tart' in La La land? *and of course, the latest dig against Sarah, Christine, etc., especially by those claiming to be feminists.

no, Tom, there just isn't room to talk about Mr. Obama's unpopularity! we can't fit it into the media. heck, we can't fit it into our brains!

whats_going_on 7 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps because Repubs are too focused on bashing him, and Democrats would rather focus on whoever they are trying to put in office (or attack, in some unfortunate cases)?

Why would Republicans be putting him in one of their ads anyway when these elections aren't about him, and they don't support him? Sounds classy.

bearded_gnome 7 years, 3 months ago

Tom: they had to just to make good with ALL voters---you know us----ignorant, bigoted, racist, uneducated rednecks.

---Bud, you forgot: bitter midwesterners who cling to our guns and our Bibles.
or, according to the elitist "what's the matter with kansas" drivel, we're too stupid to vote in our own interests and the benevolent leftist loons will determine for us what our needs are! lol or, we only oppose Mr. Obama out of racism. or, we're the ones that hurl the "n----- word" around at congresspeople, though no record of it could be found. or, we're the massive right wing conspiracy LMAO.

NBC, MesSNBC wholly owned subsidiaries of Obama for amerika.
they even make money schlepping some dvd of Obama clips. their parent company GE is already making tons and tons of money off of the government [that's taxpayer bux] out of the fake green movement.

it puts money in their back pocket for Mr. Obama to succeed. so, their cheerleading isn't just voluntary Tom. they're being very well paid for it.
think there's a word for that ... hmmmmm ... ... oh! I got it! corruption!

Tom, you forgot another story more important to them than Obama's sinking in the approval ratings: the Ruskies are going to put up [supposedly] a tourist space station. LMAO! go there, just don't drink the water, bring your own oxygen [re Mir].

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

Tom is now the official town crier.

"Obama ... Waaaaaaaaa!!!!!!," he cries, "waaaaaaaaaa!!!!!" sniffle, sniffle, "But, but... Bush! Waaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!"

beatrice 7 years, 3 months ago

No, I don't, since there is no such thing as BDS. That is just some BS you made up.

By the way, the people of America vote for their elected officials. Unlike the one-party system you dream of living you, our official are not anointed. Why do you hate American voters so much? Really, why?

Thinking any President actually wants to trash America shows how truly foolish you are. Disagree with policies, but no President wants to trash the country. That is just asinine. Truly and completely asinine. Ranks right there with the idiots who say Bush was in on the planning of 9/11. Asinine.

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

tom shares: Ya'll are the ones who screamed for and fainted over The Anointed One in your BDS ridden state.

no tom. that was you. only you and your bretheren made up, and used, such language.
or behaved, and continued to behave, in this manner.

mr_right_wing 7 years, 3 months ago

Go ahead, have your fun, bash George W. ad-nauseam

Do you think it is just a coincidence that KU got spanked as badly as they did by a Texas college? Huh?

Do you want more of the plagues like blue-green algae in our drinking water?

Do you want him to do what he did in California with gas lines exploding in a residential area...of course that was all George W's doing!!

Maybe you'll think it's funny when he repeats what he did in the Gulf, but a little closer to home this time?

You are provoking the wrath of George W. evil genius mastermind that Obama is impotent at stopping!

Bob Hechlor 7 years, 3 months ago

Have you ever thought of trying to make sense or possibly even begin to think about it at least?

Darrell Lea 7 years, 3 months ago

I support President Obama and his policies.

I turned off my TV in January and now feel much better for it. It matters not which propaganda feed you subscribe to, whether it be FoxNews, MSNBC, CNN, etc.. They merely package their "news" product in such a manner that their viewers are confused and agitated enough that they'll keep coming back for their fix.

If you want real news, you need to READ several sources of information and seek a balance of facts vs. b/s. One of those sources should probably be from somewhere other than corporate America.

One thing 9/11 proved is that a frightened audience watches more TV. There was no constant crawl at the bottom of the picture screen on news channels prior to 9/11.

Have a nice day. Eat your vegetables. Love your brother as yourself. The rest will take care of itself.

uncleandyt 7 years, 3 months ago

I shall ask myself, "Do I like the polorizing? Am I bothered by it? Do I contribute to it? Am I a One-Sourcer? Do TV and radio count as two sources?" When the keys to the kingdom are returned to the Rightful owners, will blanket hatred for strangers take a much needed nap? Will The Right use it's power to bring justice to the Homeland and point out and punish all those leftist Communists who were destroying America? Stupid hot-heads scare me.

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

so, tom. you wrote a letter to the editor. and within about an hour an a half, you self-responded to your lte. which was the first of 9 responses to your own lte.

perhaps next time you could construct a more "fair and balanced" letter?

Joe Hyde 7 years, 3 months ago

A more accurate assessment would be to say that when President Obama got elected to office he inherited an injured national and international political environment that was polarized already, due to our former domestic and foreign policy aims and behaviors that are best described as imperialistic and militaristic.

The problem any president faces when many things the nation has earlier done are misguided or morally wrong, is how to deal with a segment of the population whose fighting blood is up. Once the fighting blood is up it's a hard thing to cool down.

At present he is dealing with many American warriors who are snarling for war to the finish with Muslims, while overseas are Muslim extremists snarling for war to the finish with Americans. So the reason why I will vote to re-elect President Obama in 2012 is because the man has shown me that he's not a jingo-spouting redneck intent on profiting from this misbegotten confrontation.

My opinion, voiced from the brink we got taken to by past events, is that President Obama's chilled-out attitude about this whole stupid mess gives me great comfort.

jafs 7 years, 3 months ago


The polarization didn't begin with Obama.

Determined 7 years, 3 months ago

The country is definitely more polarized now than the last few years. Is Obama responsible? I'm guessing a lot of responsibility can be shared by many people. Yes, he has pushed the envelope and a lot of Americans have pushed back.

One thing he has done which doesn't seem to be touted by the right or left is that he is a black man, who is married to a black woman, who have children within wedlock and are living together. He is a role model in this area. Why is this being ignored?

I'm not a fan of his nor do I believe in many of his views, but this is one thing I do admire.

ivalueamerica 7 years, 3 months ago

Bush, after inheriting a stable economy and record deficit reductions, left office with historic financial problems, a meltdown of Wall Street, a meltdown of the Mortgage crisis, a health care system that nearly a third of Americans could not afford, 2 wars that were without any goals or direction, the worst approval ratings in history, the lowest image of America ever in the eyes of the world, A stimulus package that saved big business without protecting the consumer,

He created those problems over 8 years, but the blame lies with Obama because he has not been able to fix them all in less than 2?

wow. and you say leftist offer revisionist history. You really make me laugh sometimes.

Bob Hechlor 7 years, 3 months ago

Right out of the publican t-points propaganda playbook. Did you just cut and paste?

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 3 months ago

It’s been said that Tom Shewmon is one of the most, if not the most, polarizing doofs in United States history. I cannot disagree. He appears in nearly every LJW comment section you see but hardly any sense is ever made, if any any any. That’s one polarized mutha...SHUT YO MOUF! Meanwhile, NBC Nightly News is covering thunderstorms on the East Coast, life in outer space and wishing happy birthday to “The Flintstones.” I guess sometimes, there just isn’t enough news to fill up 2 microseconds of news news news...or paragraphs of Tom Shewmon's comments.

Don't drink and blog, Tom Tom. We've heard the beat of your herded dum dum dumb bum drone drum...over and over and over and over and over again and again and there is no gain to be had beyond the brilliant transparency of your smoke and mirror neediness.

Frederic Gutknecht IV 7 years, 3 months ago

"May a god who has a big problem with people off-loading blame on a daily, if not hourly basis, bless you. " said Tom, before kissing his mirror!~)

mr_right_wing 7 years, 3 months ago

Mr. Obama needs to be seriously taken to task on his (public) pledge to have a "transparent administration." Before he signs every bill it is supposed to be on the web for more than 24-hours (and admittedly a handful have, but he said 'every'!) There never would be a need for a site like 'wikileaks' if he'd just follow through.

When pressed about allowing C-Span cameras in on meetings about ObamaCare, when Nancy Pelosi was reminded of her boss' promise she quipped "yeah, well he promised a lot of things...."

If republicans have any sense they'll use that audio clip in every political spot against Obama when re-election time comes! (Throw in some of Biden's bone-headed comments too.)

weeslicket 7 years, 3 months ago

yes. i did that with john anderson way back in the 80s. can't say that worked out quite the way i expected. i've always been much more pragmatic with my votes since then.

anywhoos, vote according to your conscience.

Bob Hechlor 7 years, 3 months ago

Since repubs have already proven that they have nothing to offer, all they can do is run smear campaigns like they have done against Carter and Clinton. That is all that they know and they have enough billionaires to fund this endeavor. Karl Rove did a campaign fundraiser. All he needed was three people. Would anyone really think these three people represent the interests of the average American? All Sam Brownback needs are the Koch brothers and he already thinks he has won. He has already been working on getting them their coal fired plant even though it was declared an unacceptable pollution producer. Brownback is pushing to get it in before the new pollution regulations would run up the costs. Health and pollution problems? Who cares. We must keep those cost down for the poor billionaires. The mainstream media covers three tea baggers at an IHOP. But they won't cover thousands of residents in the area where mountaintop removal is going on, who were protesting and more than one hundred of those were arrested. Have you ever heard of a tea bagger getting arrested? Does this sound like a liberal biased media then? Is coal too hot to handle for the media?

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