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An uncivil war is being waged

Published: Mon, July 8, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

An uncivil war is being waged

There’s a war on in the USA, and it’s between conservatives and liberals. They both have an agenda on what’s best for the country. A few things I have learned along the way are that liberals protest war and injustice and conservatives protest health care. Unlike conservatives, liberals believe that corporations are not people, money is not free speech and Social Security is not an entitlement.

Conservatives think that our jobs are more important if they are shipped to China and Mexico. They don’t seem to get it that everyone does better when everyone does better. Conservatives also have their own news channel, Fox News. I consider Fox News my comedy channel, and my news source is Comedy Central.

After reading about the Revolutionary War and the preparing and passage of our Constitution, I have come to the conclusion that the founding fathers were liberals and radicals, not conservatives.

The labor movement for years has fought to help workers earn a living wage. Liberals have fought alongside labor to help workers get weekends off, health care and a say so on the shop floor. Conservatives in this Congress are trying to eliminate all of the gains made throughout the years. They take care of the richest 1 percent; liberals fight for the other 99.

One last thing. As everyone can see, the Republicans love the poor, that’s why they want to make so many more of them. One thing we can’t do in this country is let the tea party and their corporate buddies take over the reins of government. They already control the Supreme Court and the House. If they control the Senate and the presidency, God help us.

Bud McKelvey, Hermitage


1ytownsteelman(628 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Bud, you have a woefully inaccurate view of conservatives to say the least. First off, you don't understand what the concept behind "Corporations are people" really is all about. You benefit every day from the legal principle that a corporation is treated as an artificial person in the eyes of the law. It would be a waste of keystrokes to try to explain it to you, but what you think "corporations are people" means and what it really means are two separate things.

Secondly, Social Security IS an entitlement. Do you know what the definition of entitlement is? It is a payment that a citizen is ENTITLED TO from the govt. Did you not pay into SS all of your working years? Are you not entitled to SS payments in your retirement? Of course you think you are. So why then would you want congress to redefine SS as discretionary spending and put it at the whim of the budget process.

You say "Conservatives think that our jobs are more important if they are shipped to China and Mexico." I don't even know what you mean by this. More important to whom? I don't think you will find many conservatives who feel this way, but you will find many business people (and that includes a lot of liberals too) who realize that in order to compete and to sell their products that they have to make them more inexpensively. in many cases it isn't a choice between continuing to make a widget in the US vs. making it in China, the real choice is between going out of business and making it in China. Your thinking is all over the map on this issue as well, because in one breath you complain about outsourcing and then in the next you praise the very actions that are causing the outsourcing; living wage, healthcare and general high cost of US labor. So which do you want? You can't have both.

In the future Mr. McKelvey, please do a bit of research before writing your letter to the editor so that you don't appear a fool. Learn the true meaning of the concepts that you rail about, and at least be consistent in your opinions. But if not that is ok. I'll sit here and blow holes through your arguments all day long.

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2cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Ytownsteelman appropriately stated Mr. McKelvey's lack of education on the topics in his letter. Sadly, the majority of the electorate has the same misinformation and/or lack of the Constitution which explains the re-election of the current Administration. Fortunately, the abuses by this Administration has "awakened" the educated Americans and they will NOT stand by and let our country become another GREECE with unlimited spending/handouts, illegal immigration, etc. The 2014 elections will turn the SENATE red and start the process of returning America to its prosperous status.

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3TB(1167 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Nice Letter Bud. Gotta Enjoy The People On Here Who Excuse And Argue For The Billionaires While Giving Them Enough To Delude Themselves That They Are Prosperous.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1174 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Steelman says " you praise the very actions that are causing the outsourcing; living wage, healthcare""

What is so wrong about a person who goes to work everyday, and actually asks for a living wage from it? Or are you the lawn care provider that only asks for $1.25 to cut someones grass? Or are you the lawn care provider that charges enough so you can make a livable wage?

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