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Founding fathers were ultimate liberals

“How wrong can anyone be?” That’s the question posed recently (“Liberalism is cancer,” 2/21) as a conservative attacks a liberal’s commentary. Pointing out his Master of Arts in U.S. history, he puts down the liberal writer’s “prostituting,” claiming only he interprets the Declaration of Independence and our founding fathers correctly. In yet an earlier letter (9/24/04), he called liberals irrational-thinking hypocrites, saying then that if liberals were “devoted to honesty,” they should condemn Kerry for his “lies,” since the Swift Boat Veterans made “true statements.”

Problem is, what those veterans said turned out to be as much of a sham as that famous statement about Iraq engineering 9/11. (Or haven’t you removed the wool yet?) Yet another in a series of right-wing media “opinions” presented as fact. So much for honesty?

There are those who will believe what they want to believe, too insecure to change. What bugs me about this guy’s accusations, though, are his statements “Freedom? Government can’t supply it,” and “Liberalism, the cancer in a free America.” Why? Because our founding fathers, after all, were the ultimate liberals. They wanted what discomforts conservatives – change. They fought for freedom by waging revolution.



Tommy Gleason

Rough and Ready





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