Weather Forecast


Your letters: Would you call Him a socialist?

Most of us have a tendency to self-righteousness. It may be innate to human nature. What's really tough is to look honestly enough into the mirror to see it also in oneself. Furthermore, nothing brings it out so much as getting a dose or two of your own medicine, exciting such hyperbole as "week after week" concerning the commentaries of others and then proceeding to do what is so customary: muddying your own self with the mud you are slinging and accusing others of throwing.

The use of party buzz words to label those other guys who must be so absolutely wrong all the time (largely because they don't agree with you) comes to mind: "left-wing term," "widely used tactic," "class warfare," the dreaded "race card," "liberal tactic," "Marxist-Socialist," "ranting mobs of liberals," and then what certainly must be an outright joke after the author's far more flagrant use of the propaganda of name calling himself, "the left do not present facts, just cards and name calling."

Actually, Mr. Dickey, you do not know me nor do I you. So right here and now I will give you the respect and fairness entitled you as an individual and will not treat you as nothing more than a member of a group because the people you deal with as a group you unclearly see as all alike, as the great majority of your examples of name calling and over-generalizations treat anyone who happens to be a Democrat.

Actual name calling more often tells far more about the user and his/her hatred of the labeled group -- a group that may be as different and diverse as imaginable and a group not likely, for example, to require each other to sign principles of political purity or other kinds of conformity oaths such as the older Republican Party with its great and authentic reverence for individuality would have spurned. Furthermore, since you seem to be represented in these letters to the editor far more often than I, let me say how in error your characterization was of the Hoffman incident of her very unfair and, yes, unprofessional, quoting of a fellow legislator out of context for which she was reprimanded by a very objective and professional panel of her peers, led by a rational and evenhanded Republican chairman; and to her credit Ms. Hoffman followed their ruling and did apologize and remove the tweet.

As her constituent that certainly satisfied me, but did it you? Oh, no. You came back with another letter as if everything you'd said in your first one suggesting the charges were so much idle gossip (party-line) had never been said; now you claimed that Sen. Hoffman was just making the kind of mistake that we all make. Yes, and like you had made in your first mistaken take of the matter. I won't give in, here, to fantasizing about what you would have said had this been a Democrat who had made such a "typically human mistake."

Finally, thank you kindly for the compliments in your last paragraph. They go too far in flattering what may be some of my political ideology.

As far as Christ is concerned, offhand, I can't think of a more consistent or prevalent message of His teachings than in Matthew 25: 35-40: "'For I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; 36 naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.' 37

"Then the righteous will answer Him, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry, and feed You, or thirsty, and give You something to drink? 38 'And when did we see You a stranger, and invite You in, or naked, and clothe You? 39 'When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 "The King will answer and say to them, 'Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.'"

I suppose some these days might accuse the Lord of being a Marxist-Socialist.

Greg Van Hee