Love and Marriage
All this talk by Congressman Harold Ford about love and marriage at the banquet he addressed (Politics, August 25th issue) got me thinking: There was never any love lost (much less professed) between Saddam and bin Laden, and therefore the fear of such a "marriage" the congressman apparently credited to the president as a motivation for the invasion of Iraq, which was incessantly drummed into the American public's consciousness, was just one of the many lies that finagled us into that war.
Now that the congressman has divulged, as he apparently did at the banquet, his "personal" love for the president, it would appear that the marriage we really should have feared all along was theirs.
Martin H. Aussenberg
In "Breaking Apart, Coming Together" (August 18th issue), Mary Cashiola wrote about "Anytown, a week-long camp each July where high school students of diverse backgrounds learned from each other and worked together." As she reported, this year's Anytown was canceled.
Flyer staffers and readers know how dear Anytown was to the late Flyer editor, Dennis Freeland. He gave so much of himself to it. He would be saddened by this development.
"Heritage not Hatred." "Nathan Bedford Forrest was a great leader, not just a Klansman and like it or not, he is a part of our history." "We cannot erase the past, why don't we just leave it alone." "We have more important issues to discuss."
Who do these bigots think they are fooling? If the Confederacy was an institution that promoted slavery and bigotry and if Forrest was a Klansman, and you support that man or that institution, then you are simply supporting a history of bigotry and Klan activity. It matters not if Forrest later renounced the Klan's violent activity, had a special brigade of black soldiers, or beat his coloreds two days per week rather than five. The man sold, beat, and killed blacks, therefore he should not be romanticized, and public funds should not be allotted in his memory.
Forrest, Confederates, and the Ku Klux Klan were American enemies. They killed more Americans than Saudi, Iraqi, and Afghan terrorists combined. How can one claim loyalty to America and romance its former enemies? Let's call a spade a spade: Confederate adoration is a cover for adoration of Jim Crow.
It is absurd that Memphis, a city at least 60 percent black, allows statues of oppressors like Forrest.
The energy and transportation bills recently passed by the Republican Congress give the lie once more to the myth of a benign free-market economy. According to the "conservative" mantra, if we let individuals and corporations pursue their selfish interests, the good of the whole will automatically rise. A government of limited powers will accordingly confine itself to securing the safety of the nation and common interests of all.
The disconnect between myth and reality could not be clearer or more complete. Corporate welfare has replaced the general welfare intended by the founding fathers. With a Chinese credit card in hand, the Bush administration has mushroomed the deficit and the government into a political marketplace for special interests.
Forgotten is the truly conservative view of an American government that consults the long-term interests of all. We are becoming a nation of grasshoppers intent on instant gratification.
Why is President Bush's commitment to the Iraqi people so much stronger than his all-but-forgotten commitment made four years ago to the American people to track down Osama bin Laden?
Bush claims terrorists around the world would be encouraged by our withdrawal from Iraq. How much more of a lift must it be to terrorists emboldened by the fact that the leader of the world's most powerful nation failed to make good on his vow to bring the world's number-one terrorist to justice?
West Orange, New Jersey