August 05, 2002
Stupid letters from Florida

Today's edition of the Fort Myers News-Press has taken to flacking for the Democratic Party, in the guise of today's featured letter. The amount of demagouguery and doublespeak in this letter requires a response.

As election season approaches, let us pause to look at the leadership of President Bush and the Republican Party. America’s world-wide reputation is at its lowest in decades — and that is among our allies!

America's world-wide reputation is at its lowest in decades if you judge public sentiment in Europe from the pages of The Guardian and La Figaro and other organs of the left. The French (in general) and some of the more socialistic governments (Schroeder's Germany, and lefty stalwarts such as Sweden) dislike us, but they dislike anyone who doesn't share their worldview. The fact that Bush is acting in AMERICA'S interests, rather than theirs, pisses them off to no end.

As to the rest of the world, there is nothing that would improve our image amongst the masses except selling out the Israelis and dumping our GDP on leaders whose corruption and incompetence have mired their nations in debt since the 1960s or earlier. That's simply stupid.

Of course, Clinton was a master of doublespeak; his words and his actions didn't track very closely at all. Bush is a lot more likely to follow a course of action that matches what he says he's doing. If what you want is rhetoric and happy talk, the Dems are your kind of people.

There doesn’t seem to be a treaty that this administration isn’t willing to abrogate, withdraw from or simply ignore. These include treaties on global warming, nuclear arms, international justice and human rights. President Bush has turned the United States into one of the worst human rights violators in the world with the illegal detention of prisoners of war at Guantanamo Bay by simply inventing a category of detainee not recognized by any international body (and criticized by even our closet allies)!

The Kyoto treaty, which Bush ignores, was sent before the senate in a trial balloon during the previous administration; the senate voted it down 95-0. (That means nobody voted in support of it, for those who have trouble with numbers). The ABM treaty of the 1970's is a relic, developed in part to prevent the US from developing a missile defense system; we withdrew from the treaty under the protocols designed in the treaty from its inception. As for the "illegal detention" at Guantanamo Bay, in what way are they illegal? Offending the sensibilities of Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch does not amount to illegal activity. In any case, the statement that we are now one of the "worst human rights violators in the world" is absolutely inane and inflammatory.

Economically, the Bush administration has orchestrated one of the worst declines in recent memory. Somehow he doesn’t understand that his tax cut to the rich led to the huge deficit the United States is now facing. His tax cut has led to funding problems for homeland security and prescription drug coverage for senior citizens.

The current decline started well before the Bush team took office. In fact, the majority of the losses suffered by the stock market occured prior to January 20th, 2001, during the sainted Clinton regime.

The writer weighs in with a totally predictable swipe at tax cuts (even though they don't reduce tax rates to the level prior to the Clinton tax hike of 1993, they are characterized as "massive"), and insists that prescription drug coverage for seniors is as important as the security of the entire country, demagoging the issue yet again.

He and Vice President Cheney’s questionable business conduct has been a source of concern for usually conservative Wall Streeters. After the unveiling of his touted business corruption reform package, the stock market has fallen to record lows, as it seems both the president and vice president have engaged in the unethical practices which he now seeks to outlaw. Wall Street must feel that the fox might be trying to guard the hen house. Even staunch Republicans couldn’t stomach the vice president looking at the camera and extolling the virtues of Arthur Andersen.

I must have missed the valentine to Arthur Anderson, which has been barred from conducting audits on any federal agency. As to the Harken deal, it was examined in 1994 and 1998 (when Bush ran for governor) and again in 2000, when he ran for president. It was not an issue because there was no scandal involved. Do you really think that Al Gore and Ann Richards were incompetent enough to overlook this issue, which would have been a bombshell if true? And the overwrought hysteria about the stock market's "historic lows" is execrable; They are higher now than they were at any time during Clinton's first term. Try using facts to support your arguments, rather than mindless blather.

The Democratic Party, on the other hand, offers a fresh approach to fulfilling our country’s commitments to our seniors. It is committed to working with our allies rather than dictating to — or even worse — ignoring them. It is committed to tax fairness, so that America’s priorities can be funded at the needed levels. It is committed to balancing economic development with the environment, not treating the environment as just another “thing” to be used up at will.

The Democratic Party has offered nothing at all, except class warfare rhetoric and empty attacks on the GOP. Their groundless (yet ultimately successful) screeching against privatization of social security killed that plan, while the Democrats offered no alternative. They would rather we subvert the US constitution to the whims of the ICC, which is clearly in violation of the fifth and sixth amendments to the constitution. They have demonstrated over and over that environmental concerns trump property rights, economic benefits, and common sense. They fail to grasp the basics of economics by insisting that we can tax our way to prosperity.

So as we consider which party to vote for, do we want more of this Republican mess? Let us rather vote for a party with a plan for the future of all America, not one that is constantly defending its mistakes or only looking out for the interests of the wealthy. Vote Democrat, for a change.

The Democratic Party is the source of much of our current malaise. Gridlock rules, blocked by a senate that has done nothing except obstruct and attack. The Democrats have substituted name-calling, mudslinging, and the politics of envy for serious debate, because they are desperately scrambling to obscure from the voters that their agenda is intellectually bankrupt.

MARK BOWEN, Cape Coral

I ran a targetted google search on Mr. Bowen, and at the very least he doesn't appear to be a professional hack or an inveterate crank such as some of the letter writers in Seattle. That doesn't make his views any more palatable.

posted on August 05, 2002 09:56 AM


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