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Common sense

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:30 a.m.CDT

To the Editor:

The Soviet Communists professed “freedom and equality for all humanity.” President Obama talks about fairness, equality and social justice.

President Obama insists his policies are driven by a “common-sense” approach. He also speaks in terms of “we the people” and “the government is us.” Such declarations are comparable to old Soviet posters for all to see: “All power belongs to the people,” and “People and Communist Party are one.” But the real power in the USSR was in the hands of Communist Party leaders. They, in the name of the people, defined foes of centralized government as “enemies of the people.”

Similarly, the Department of Homeland Security has defined right-wing extremists as “those that are mainly anti-government, rejecting federal authority in favor of state/local authority.” The National Security Agency has specified that in addition to gun owners and veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, right-wing extremists also “may include groups and individuals that are dedicated to a single issue, such as opposition to abortion or immigration.” At the IRS, potential terrorists needing extra scrutiny are tea party/patriot groups that want the government to follow the American founders’ documents.

But while President Obama’s use of rhetoric, social policies and intimidation has a lot in common with Soviet Communists, his administration doesn’t rationalize all means of America’s production.

“If you talk to us, it turns out we’re pretty common-sense folks,” Obama said.

Crony capitalism as practiced by his administration is “the merger of corporate and government power.”

Creepy?

Robert Meale

Woodstock

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