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Putting a misstatement in context

Published: Wed, August 15, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Putting a misstatement in context

Congressional candidate Dr. Marisha Agana recently wrote a Twitter comment in which she compared President Obama to Stalin, Hitler, and Mao Tse-Tung. That was a foolish thing to write. Those monsters are responsible for the murder of millions. Obama, by comparison, is small change: As a state senator, he merely voted three times against requiring physicians to provide medical care for babies who miraculously survived attempted abortions. That is arguably supporting infanticide, but it is not mass murder on the scale of those 20th century monsters.

Dr. Agana is clearly not a professional politician like her opponent Congressman Tim Ryan. Ryan began his career working for Jim Traficant — this was before Traficant’s felony conviction — and has no experience outside of politics. Dr. Agana, in contrast, began her career with years of intense training to learn how to save the lives of children. She was raised in a dictatorship, chose to live in America, worked her way through school, and is raising three children. That may give her some insight into the importance of liberty, the value of hard work, and the struggles of people striving to improve their family’s prospects. But it clearly has not given her the glibness of an experienced politician.

Still, we must choose between the imperfect choices put before us. This November, we may vote for a pediatrician who made one foolish Tweet, or a career politician who has made multiple foolish votes. Mr. Ryan supported the so-called stimulus. He supported Obamacare, which will drive insurance costs further out of sight, even as it forces religious institutions to violate their principles. Ryan has repeatedly voted against legislation that would define marriage as a relationship consisting of one man and one woman.

Eric Chevlen, MD, Liberty Township


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