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Letters to the Editor

‘Me’ America

February 7, 2011

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To the editor:

I saw my neighbor a few houses down shucking his driveway snow into the street. He and a couple of others also throw the snow furrows left by the city snowplow back into the street instead of between the street and their sidewalk. That snow will get packed and freeze again making it slick for his neighbors. A guy at my gym has a habit of standing in front of the large fan after his workout with his hands in the air to dry his bare underarms while patrons downwind are subject to his body odor.

These are two examples of what I consider the “me” mentality that seems to be edging into our culture. I see this trend in the ideology of the tea party. “I have health insurance so please don’t let the government have a program to help others get health care and, by the way, don’t mess with my government-run Medicare.”

Climate change deniers are not convinced that global warming is manmade in spite of the overwhelming science that tells us otherwise. It doesn’t fit into their corporate-driven ideology that may cause us to make a sacrifice today to help those who follow us. Those who oppose gay marriage do so because they say it will hurt the sanctity of marriage and they don’t want others to have the same rights they do.

Perhaps we didn’t heed to one of the basic teachings of kindergarten: “sharing.” The social IQ of some doesn’t seem to have gotten past that level.

Comments

Mike Ford 3 years, 2 months ago

as the denialists speak unknowlingly about global warming here, Alaska Native elders speak at Haskell about how the wreckless selfish behavior of the lower 48 has wrecked a subsistence way of life they've had for about ten thousand years hunting seal and whale with no outside assistance. I love how aowg's rant in total ignorance about their right to be irresponsible. You know, viagra wouldn't be needed by aowg's if they gave a hoot about their health or the health of the world around them. If you wonder what aowg is look at the Cal Thomas editorial on Reagan. You won't like but I don't care. You are who you are Archie Bunkers.

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Bushloather1 3 years, 2 months ago

Liberals- We are all in this together. Conservatives- Every man for themself. We will never agree to anything except when liberals compromise.

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Moderateguy 3 years, 2 months ago

I would actually argue that the selfishness evident in our society is more a result of the liberal mindset. When my ancestors came to the prairie, they relied on themselves and the good will of their neighbors to get them through. Our nation thrived. Over time, people started relying on the government to be the solution to their problems. The ever expanding role of government created a diminishing belief in personal responsibility. Now people who aren't willing to help themselves look to the government to "help" them. When your neighbors push their snow into the street, they are saying "oh well, the government will take care of it."

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ivalueamerica 3 years, 2 months ago

I call it the Homer Simpson Mentality.

I am referring to his often repeated quote....

It is funny because it happens to someone else.

And yes, the Carpetbaggers and extreme right have made that the new American value.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 2 months ago

I always get a kick out of the argument that since people are such greedy bastards, we need to give people the power to legally take other people's property.

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Judgesmails 3 years, 2 months ago

basically, the entire human population is a bunch of selfish, a-holes. the end

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none2 3 years, 2 months ago

We must immediately write President Obama and request that he create a Etiquette Czar cabinet post.

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monkeyhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

LTE writer - I agree. I am incensed when people talk waaay too loudly on their cells, and it appalls me when public toilets go unflushed. It automatically reminds me of arrogant, disjointed elites.

Tom, ain't it great to soak up the sun in the middle of winter? My biggest dilemma these days is golf or the beach.

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none2 3 years, 2 months ago

This is all due to the arm pit and climate-control industrial complexes. Gym man was one of their agents secretly placed in your gym to make you wish for more air conditioning and deodorant. They want you to spend more money for deodorant's/antiperspirants as well as spend more money on electricity for air conditioning as opposed to a simple fan.

You must resist the urge! Air conditioning contributes to man-made global warming. Likewise, deodorants also contribute to global warming including higher reproductive rates among those that use them. These are both self-indulgences that non- me Americans must fight against!

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1029 3 years, 2 months ago

If you don't like America, you should move to another country. The defining characteristic of the American is to be able to do whatever he wants to, without wasting his time having to take other people into consideration.

I proudly shovel the snow from my driveway into the street. Why should I care about other people having to drive through it? I don't want snow in my driveway, and that's all that matters. If my neighbors have a problem, they can grow a spine and come say something to my face about it. However, I am a proud supporter of the 2nd amendment, so I'd advise them to just mind their own business.

And I'll dry my armpits wherever I want to dry them. Real American Men sweat. Deal with it.

You know what's another perfect example of this whiny liberal be-aware-of-others attitude? Turn signals in automobiles. Does a driver really need to flip on a turn signal so that he knows it is time to make a turn? I, for one, never ever use the turn signals in my car. Obviously, I know that I'm about to make a turn and I don't need a signal to remind me. The cars behind me should just deal with it. If they rear-end me, it's their fault anyway.

And it's just laughable that this letter writer has to mention gay marriage. Well, boo-hoo. Nobody is making gay people decide to be gay. Maybe if they want to get married they shouldn't have decided to be gay. Not my problem. And I doubt that so-called "global warming" will ever destroy the planet in my lifetime, so I don't even waste my time thinking about that.

We're becoming a nation of softies. It's time that people stand up for themselves and realize who is priority number one. It's yourself. Just mind your own business and stop wasting your time thinking about others. Thank the Good Lord everyday for what you've got, but recognize that it's all yours, and you don't have to share it with anyone.

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Liberty_One 3 years, 2 months ago

"Perhaps we didn’t heed to one of the basic teachings of kindergarten: “sharing.” "

Sharing is something you do voluntarily. It's not sharing if the government takes it from you by force and gives it to someone else. That's called stealing.

And selfishness is when you want something without having to work for it. There's nothing selfish about wanting to keep what you've earned for your own family instead of letting a politician use it to buy votes.

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gl0ck0wn3r 3 years, 2 months ago

Didn't the me first generation start in the 1960s with the baby boomers? You know, the "if it feels good, do it" hippies that brought so many wonderful things to our society?

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jhawkinsf 3 years, 2 months ago

Me-ism, edging into our society? It's been here for as long as we've walked upright. And it will be here until we destroy ourselves. It's in our DNA.

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sr80 3 years, 2 months ago

peekingdon are you sure your neighbor is just drying out his armpits.i think you might have something you want to tell all of us.come on donny boy the door is slightly cracked and your peeking out!!!! don't be shy!

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Jimo 3 years, 2 months ago

A not very convincing exercise in armchair psychology. Marriage rights for same sex couples, global warming, the Tea Party, an armpit waving exercisers may have some common link but this letter writer has failed to uncover it.

Next up: tea leaf swirls and sun spots - mere coincidence?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 2 months ago

seeker, Threaded.

These are the effects of threaded comments.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 3 years, 2 months ago

"I have noticed a distinct decline in our social fabric - being considerate is much less common, and many people seem to have an attitude that they can do whatever they want regardless of how it affects others." - jafs

These are the effects of treaded comments.

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jafs 3 years, 2 months ago

I think the letter makes a good point.

In my lifetime (I'm 49) I have noticed a distinct decline in our social fabric - being considerate is much less common, and many people seem to have an attitude that they can do whatever they want regardless of how it affects others.

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PROAMERICA 3 years, 2 months ago

I really don't understand why LJW wlll not leave this LTE section blank when all they can come up with are letters like this. This guys miserable life should be replaced with a rock!

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Tom Shewmon 3 years, 2 months ago

Aloha!

It's 4:50 am here in HI and I think I've seen it all now...comparing body odor and shoveling snow to the tea party. lol! You're a genuine screwball Don.

Mahalo

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notajayhawk 3 years, 2 months ago

"Climate change deniers are not convinced that global warming is manmade in spite of the overwhelming science that tells us otherwise."

You (and a lot of 'weak-minded' liberals) seem to be easily overwhelmed. Psssst: Consensus isn't "science".

"It doesn’t fit into their corporate-driven ideology that may cause us to make a sacrifice today to help those who follow us."

Whereas for liberals, It fits quite nicely into their faith-based ideology that demands we all be constantly riddled with guilt and become devout apologists for all the world's problems, whether we contributed to them in any way or not.

Here's some science for ya', Mr. Bretthauer: This planet underwent bigger climate shifts than the current ones when the only way fossil fuels got burned is if they were struck by lightning while out grazing. The consensus of opinion that they are anthropogenic is based on the hubris of scientists who believe they can control the planet's climate, and the reason so many sheeple swallow their edicts so readily is out of abject fear that we really are powerless to control something that has such a major influence in our lives.

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Moderateguy 3 years, 2 months ago

Well Don. This libertarian leaning, tea-party supporter fired up his internal combustion snow blower last week and cleaned his driveway. I then proceeded along with the help of a neighbor to clear every driveway and sidewalk in my cul-de-sac. It's what neighbors do.

You solution would be for the government to require me to clear the driveways of the "have not's." Because after all, the only reason I have a snow blower is by exploiting all the poor folks. Not because I work hard and saved up my money to buy it knowing that a snowstorm would eventually occur.

Selfish folks are everywhere and part of every political affiliation. The concept of redistribution of wealth however is perhaps the most vile form of selfishness I can think of.

More snow on the way.

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SnakeFist 3 years, 2 months ago

What you've described is self-interested capitalism and the childish notion that the only reason to get out of bed in the morning or do anything at all is because there's some profit in it for me.

You may have noticed how conservatives reject the opinions of thousands of scientists that the Earth is warming, but immediately accept the opinion of a single author that college students learn nothing in the first two years of college. Its a phenomenon called "cognitive dissonance" - people (especially weak-minded conservatives) will reject any evidence that doesn't fit their worldview, and accept any evidence that does, without regard to the reliability or validity of the evidence. You can see the same process at work in the ignorant conservative responses to your letter.

You are entirely correct that many of the most ardent opponents of government receive government hand-outs in the form of social security, medicare, medicaid, veteran's benefits, etc, and don't want those hand-outs reduced in order to allow others to benefit.

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cato_the_elder 3 years, 2 months ago

"Maybe if you had a set you'd stand up to your neighbors or to the guy at the gym, but I suspect you'd rather just whine instead of doing something or have the government do it for you."

Very well-stated indeed.

In reality, demanding government-run health insurance and crippling our economy in order to combat non-existent "global warming" (now conveniently called "climate change" after "global warming" was proven to be the biggest hoax of the 20th century) are two of the best examples of the "me first" attitude that I know.

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Brock Masters 3 years, 2 months ago

Why are you so threatened and offended by the tea party? They are simply exercising their right of free speech and doing what all Americans should do - get involved in our government. Opposition to the Obama health care reform is not opposition to reform or not wanting people to have access to health care, it is opposition to an unconstitutional mandate that people have to buy health insurance and to the idea that the government can keep on spending even though we don't have any money.

Maybe if you had a set you'd stand up to your neighbors or to the guy at the gym, but I suspect you'd rather just whine instead of doing something or have the government do it for you.

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grigori 3 years, 2 months ago

"A guy at my gym has a habit of standing in front of the large fan after his workout with his hands in the air to dry his bare underarms while patrons downwind are subject to his body odor." Typical Anti-Odor rants. Don't you know that B.O. wards off mosquitoes? Are you a mosquito-loving communist? Look at portugal, they don't have mosquitoes, but I digress.

Wake up and smell the armpits my friends, Secret is a myth.

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Scott Morgan 3 years, 2 months ago

What do we want jobs? Or, destroy corporate America.

Mr. Bretthauer All you need to know about Global Warming/Climate Change is many who were driving the bus on massive economy busting reductions in energy have changed views.

Spain is now teetering on the edge of a severe economic depression. BTW, Spain has relatively cheap electricity because they use nukes, but I digress. Spain gambled it's economy on Green jobs.

Heed history my friends, the Green jobs were a myth.

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

Well, the one thing it apparently doesn’t do is help predict the weather. The UK’s Met Office stopped giving seasonal forecasts last year after mis-predicting warmer winters three years in a row. Meteorologists without a warmist agenda like Piers Corbyn and AccuWeather’s Joe Bastardi, on the other hand, continue to pay the bills by making predictions directly contrary to the “weirdos.” Oddly, they don’t have degrees in politics.

For a theory to be scientific, it must be fallible — capable of being proven false. If every weather condition can be used to “prove” global warming simply by being declared “weird,” then it’s not science. It’s a joke.

Which is exactly what the environmental movement has become.

Boston Herald, 3 February 2011

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

Meet The Global Weirdos

.Meet the global weirdos. They’re the ones telling you that all the snow outside is proof that it’s getting warmer. Only, they don’t call it “warming” anymore.

No, that was back in the “Earth has a fever” days. Back when Al Gore was predicting that the ice caps were melting, the polar bears were drowning and Manhattan would sink beneath 20 feet of water “in the near future.”

But then something happened. Since 1998, temperatures have been relatively flat. We’ve got more polar bears than ever, and Manhattan is buried under snow. For a planet-roasting crisis that threatened the human race with extinction, there doesn’t seem to be much actual warming.

So then the mantra became “climate change.” The liberals formerly known as “warmists” began predicting that we would experience fundamental changes in our weather. Scientists at the University of East Anglia — the Harvard of climate change — said snow would be “a very rare and exciting event.” Children wouldn’t know what it was.

As for summers, in the wake of Katrina “change-ist” groups like realclimate.org predicted “global warming will make hurricanes even worse in the future.”

What happened? Nothing. Europe has had three winters in a row of snow and cold temperatures. In the Atlantic, “there has been a dramatic decrease in the number of hurricanes in the last five years,” according to meteorologist Art Horn. “The total energy in all hurricanes around the world has plunged since 1993. The opposite of what was predicted.”

So the new fall back is “global weirding.” The site thedailygreen.com has a “Weird Weather Watch” page. The uber-liberal Huffington Post ran a story in August headlined “Global Weirding”: Extreme Climate Events Dominate The Summer.”

“The extreme climate events all across the globe must say something about whether climate change is already upon us,” the HuffPo insisted. “Extreme is the new normal.”

They quote a professor of “environmental studies and politics” from Oberlin College who says, “More hottest hots, driest dries, wettest wets, windiest wind conditions. So it’s all part of a pattern.”

Gore is on board, too. He’s now merely claiming rising temperatures will “create all sorts of havoc, ranging from hotter dry spells to colder winters.”

Not “warming,” but “weirding.” Not “heating,” but “havoc.” Which is how global warming can cause more snow, less snow, no snow, avalanches, heat waves, cold snaps, wetter wets, drier dries, gingivitis, delirium tremens and irritable bowel syndrome  . . . all at the same time!

Global warming — is there anything it can’t do?

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BornAgainAmerican 3 years, 2 months ago

Typical liberal rant...

The LTE writer still wants to blame the Tea Party for something. Liberals have tried to label them as violent, uneducated and racist. That didn't work, so now Mr. Bretthaur wants to call them selfish and unwilling to "share" because they are against O'Care. Sheesh! With only 18% of the american public estimated to support the Tea Party, it's highly unlikely that they own all of the opposition to this terrible piece of work. Particularly when Rassmussen says 20 percent want the law repealed and nothing done to replace it; 28 percent want it repealed while seeing its most popular provisions put into a new law; and 27 percent want to leave the law in place but get rid of the unpopular provisions. Or to put things another way, 55 percent want to see a middle-ground approach--repeal-and-replace, or leave-it-in-place-and-improve.

As for global warming, the lefties' "science" tends to lack credibility.,,,it keeps changing. Read the next two posts for a look at the Global Wierdos.

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