The Evil Twin Gets the Credit, Again
St. Paul, Minn.
OK, I know you’ll get hundreds of letters about this, but those of us who live in St. Paul get pretty irate when the media say something happening here is in Minneapolis, as does your lead editorial “We’ll Take It From Here” [Sept. 15]. We are two very different cities. The Republican National Convention was in St. Paul, Minnesota. The March on the RNC was in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Paul is the capital of Minnesota. Minneapolis is across the Mississippi River–a nice place to visit, but…
Open Letters on Our Open Letter
In a fit of self-delusion, I signed your “Open Letter to Barack Obama” [Aug. 18/25]. But owing to the stands he has taken–from his vote on the unconstitutional FISA bill to his desire to expand Bush’s faith-based initiatives, from his comments on NAFTA and the death penalty to his nonsense about offshore drilling–he represents little change and little hope. Instead of opposing the American empire, he promises to manage it better. As a corollary, instead of opposing a corrupt and oppressive political and economic system, he promises to manage it better. If Obama will say almost anything to get elected, why pretend that a thoughtful and reasonable letter such as yours could affect him? I’m baffled by my having signed your letter.
I am 65 and consider this the most important election of my life. We have an opportunity to elect a President whose values represent what is best in our nation. Obama comes from a unique background and has a unique intellect with the street sense to get elected and to turn the ship of state in a new direction.
I ask that all of us unite to fully support Obama and the other Democrats running in this election. It is not a good time to harass Obama and other Democrats, who face a difficult and important election. We may not agree with them on all issues, and we must continue our efforts in support of those issues. But we should not attempt to force our candidates to run their campaigns on our pet issues.
I think you are pushing much too hard on this rare and wonderful candidate. He, and all of us, find ourselves in a truly dirty fight. The senator needs all the support we can give him. He has quite enough to handle.
I read your Open Letter. Well done. But remember, if we want change and to leave the Republican disaster behind, we must allow Obama to be more moderate. I hope the left has the courage, decency, intelligence and political savvy to grant Obama some flexibility until after the election. Let’s not ruin the show by being too ideological.