In an Oct. 19 letter, Doug Young’s response to the chosen political affiliation of a new American citizen came off poorly. Why, then, would a newly-minted citizen of Hispanic ancestry not choose the current version of the Republican party over another?
Well, I don’t suppose that Herman Cain’s recent comments about having an “electrifying fence” that would “kill” anyone who touched it could have anything to do with his or her choice; nor would Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s eliciting cheers at a Republican debate regarding the fact his state executed more prisoners than any other; or, perhaps, the strange evangelical fervor of Michelle Bachmann whipping up conspiratorial hysteria over “anchor babies” being “groomed” to take over our country. No, were I looking at this from an “outsider” point of view, I can well imagine which party may or may not be appealing.
Finally, I’m sorry, but Rosalie Rosenfeld’s Swiftian assertion in her Nov. 25 letter that all media except Fox are “propaganda” reads like parody. Employing the Rove-era tactics of turning your opponent’s strengths into weaknesses, she tars the Occupy Wall Street protesters as “racists.”
Am I missing something here? Judge the actual ideas; forget ideology. But unless one has been getting a single news stream from the Fox News channel, it’s impossible to dispute that this crowd, no matter how it’s gauged, is incredibly diverse, especially ethnically and racially.
For any proper news organization to have run with “Obama Radicalized in a Madrassa!” long after the claim was discredited, not to mention propagating the notion of the Obama’s exchanging “terrorist fist-bumps” at the inauguration; well, with fresh eyes, to see said channel as anything other than what it is requires, as Coleridge wrote, “a willing suspension of disbelief.”