Liberals Grown in Idaho, Too
I had to laugh while reading John Reid's letter (BW, Mail, "Burn It All," Aug. 20, 2008). He is typical of the malignancy I have come to expect from far-right fanatics. Like it or not, John, we "liberals" are here to stay. I used to be Republican, but I got better. That was before the party became a bunch of self-righteous, anal-retentive pissants. Now, I can't stomach the party any longer, and I've got plenty of company. Just for the record, I am a native Idahoan. I didn't "come in" from somewhere else. And if it makes you feel any better, you disgust us, too.
*Editor's Note: For those who don't remember John Reid's letter, he was the chipper chap who insisted Idaho hates liberals and claimed to burn stacks of Boise Weekly whenever he gets the chance.
"Ms. Daigle, my name is Dan. I'm currently reading the latest issue of Boise Weekly, and I want to compliment you guys. I especially like the letter entitled "Burn It All" from John Reid. According to him, I'm one of the invading liberals sponging up neo-con dollars here in Idaho, and I'd like to compliment him on his typing skills. I didn't know anyone could write that well with their head shoved so far up their ass that they couldn't see the light. I wish comrade Reid all the best."
—phone message left on the editor's voicemail
Palin's education not subpar
One of the most hurtful and off-base criticisms I've read about Sarah Palin is that she has a "mediocre education." The person who wrote that must not have known that the University of Idaho has spawned political leaders of great stature, Steve Symms, Dirk Kempthorne and Larry Craig, to name a few. I'm not sure where or if Don Samuelson, George Hansen and Helen Chenoweth attended college but they could well be Vandals, too. George Bush went to Yale, but that doesn't mean the Ivy League has a monopoly in producing outstanding political leaders.
—Wayne Ferrell, unknown
Red vs. Blue
For most of my life, the color red in political matters always signified communist/socialist/liberal ideology.
I guess, in keeping with our newly adopted philosophy of "day is night and night is day, and dogs make love to cats," someone decided to use red to symbolize the Republican Party, which used to stand for conservative thinking and smaller, less intrusive government. Whoever decided to change the Republican Party color obviously was a more astute observer than most of us and early on recognized the shift to the left that earned it the color change to red.
What I don't understand is why the Republican Party faithful held still for this change from the traditional conservative blue to the communist/socialist/liberal red. Maybe they just feel they've earned it.
—Jim Spicka, Boise
consciousness does not equal awareness
In response to Steve Vetter's "Like It's 1984" (BW, Mail, Aug. 20, 2008): One must understand that the accepted model of "left and right," or "Democrat and Republican," is an essential part of the agenda towards the Orwellian dystopia. The paradigm is false. It is designed as an elaborate distraction, a perpetual bickering between two groups of people ... while a singular, separate group (with a vested interest in order from chaos) privatizes the countries that are purportedly warring. Peace is never achieved, and the methods of war evolve. Suddenly, the citizens are the enemy.
Yet we do nothing about the cultural rape we are submitting to because we are conditioned to do nothing.
We prefer sports, not politics. Talking about politics is offensive. It's too confusing. We watch network news and think we know what is going on ... right after watching the local favorite Olympian kick ass in Beijing. Bits of packaged news on the tail end of an adrenaline rush and after a doctrine of commercials. This does not constitute awareness.
Meanwhile, Codex Alimentarius (one of a myriad of challenges) lurches towards its goal of global implementation by December 2009. Only a miniscule portion of the population understands the ramifications for organic foods and vitamins. Most have no idea what abominations are being planned for the future of humanity.
The populace is mostly ill-informed by design and convenience. Nobody wants to spend a day off researching corporate corruption.
It's a waste of time. Can't change it, best not be worried about it.
The imposed futility will break down. However, independent research is the bare minimum each citizen of this country is obligated to uphold. Stand up for the inherent freedom that is being systematically taken away. Seek the truth on your own accord. The bigger picture's dire conclusion will materialize.
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