Thursday, August 21, 2008

Crossing the Line

This letter was published in the Waterbury Republican-American August 21, 2008.

PrimerPres takes no position regarding the war with Iraq or regarding any particular public official or candidate, but points out the depths to which some people sink when they criticize others.

This particular letter contains at least two items which cross the lines of common decency and courtesy:
  • Gratuitously referring to Senator Lieberman receiving campaign donations from "Jewish-Americans."
  • Implicitly accusing Lieberman of being unpatriotic with the false assertion that he puts Israel ahead of America.
Lieberman has clearly harmed his own political position with his stand on Iraq and his crossing of party lines to support John McCain for president. He could have gone along with the public opinion which changed as our current president botched the war, but stood behind his assessment of what was best for America.

For this, Lieberman deserves deep respect, even from those who strongly disagree with him about the Iraq war.

As far as letters such as the following, they don't deserve to be published in any respectable newspaper.

Lieberman a disloyal Democrat; McCain a mooch on taxpayers

In his Aug. 19 letter, "Speaker Pelosi, please shut up," William D. Moore advises House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to shut up (reminds me of the Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly) because she said Sen. Joe Lieberman's comments about Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama were irresponsible.

Lieberman had introduced Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently as a man who put his country first, unlike his opponent. Lieberman clearly was saying Obama did not love his country.

Mr. Moore's support for these comments, coming from a U.S. senator who is supposed to be representing Connecticut, is pathetic.

I advise Mr. Moore to do some fact checking about Nancy Pelosi. She did not connive her way into the House, but was elected in 1987.

Joe Lieberman did everything he could to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War.

His own sons have not volunteered to serve in the Iraq war, which their father supports.

The "honorable" Lieberman has advocated the use of torture to extract information from war captives held at Guantanamo Bay and in secret prisons operated by the CIA in Poland, Egypt and other countries.

That the Democratic Party deserted Lieberman in his bid for re-election to the Senate is an outright lie. He lost a primary to Ned Lamont.

He then formed his own independent Democratic party to get himself elected with millions of dollars in campaign contributions from such prominent Jewish-Americans as Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, and considerable support from the Republican Party's highest ranks.

Mr. Moore goes on to parrot Lieberman that the Democratic Party has been taken over by the left wing that wants to dole out taxpayers' money to anyone who wants it. McCain, whose wife is a millionaire many times over, has never worked in the private sector.

After his career in the Navy, he served in Congress. He collects from taxpayers' money his Senate salary, military and disability pensions, and Social Security.

Does this cost-cutting millionaire senator really need this money?

No Democrat I know, starting with my family, ever has been on the dole. We have all worked for everything we have and have contributed more than our fair share to our country. My husband is a Marine Corps veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War.

As for Joe Lieberman's honor, he hasn't any.

He always has placed himself and Israel first, in that order.

Frances G. Rostocki

Let us hope that Rostocki's appeal to hatred and anti-Semitism does not inspire any additional hatred.

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