January 28, 2013

Letters to the editor: Risk of socialist rule greatly overstated

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Occupy Wall Street protesters walk past the New York Stock Exchange last July 11. The real threat to “our American way of life” isn’t socialism, but “the concentration of power in a small group of people at the very top of the social pyramid,” like executives who get bonuses when their companies are restructured and many workers laid off, a reader says.

2012 File Photo/The Associated Press

Included in the search were the files of the U.S. Information Agency (once thought by many to be a CIA front), the U.S. State Department and the Library of Congress, among other archives. The long history of the lie is also outlined so that we can really trace it back to a probable source in 1966. Look it up.

As to the reference to American jobs being shipped by the millions to other countries, is the previous writer suggesting that companies such as Apple, Dell, H-P, Microsoft, Staples, Walmart, Boeing and the American automakers are part of a communist or socialist conspiracy? Or perhaps they are all simple-minded, useful idiots. Who can tell?

If you want to disagree with the changing face of America and want to participate in the discussion, be accurate and deal with facts, not scary stories told 'round the campfire.

Brian Holihan

Portland

Your Jan. 17 edition contained two letters bemoaning the current administration and fears that our president is driving America toward some sort of socialist utopia. To them I say: in your dreams.

For a real sign of socialism and the effects on people, let me tell you a story.

While vacationing in Key West last year, my father showed my daughter and me a wrecked boat that lay high up on the shore. It was hard to believe it was ever seaworthy, much less that it had been piloted to that beach only a few years before.

The hull was carefully patched in places and the tiller welded and hammered by hand. Its owners risked jail, torture and death to build this boat, which carried some 20 people away from Fidel Castro's Cuba, following many others that left before it.

"This is the true sign of socialism," I said to my daughter. "It makes people so desperate that they fight for a better life elsewhere."

So far I have yet to hear of any stories of Americans fleeing this country for fear of the so-called socialist agenda coming down. Many threats have been made by Rush Limbaugh, for one, to move to Costa Rica, but that particular dream of mine has yet to come true.

The only wall built around this country is to keep people out, not like the walls used to separate East and West Germany or keep people inside Nicolae Ceausescu's Romania.

So until we see the mass exodus of people from this country like the world saw in Germany and Eastern Europe after World War II, some folks ought to check the rhetoric, turn off Fox News and bone up on their history a little more. This is still America -- it's just evolving.

Charles Terhune

Portland

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