Letters to the Editor

Liberalism has changed dramatically

It was sad to see U.S. Rep. Derek Kilmer coming out against free speech and selectively supporting who and how campaigns are funded.

The First Amendment was not written in order to be fair in the eyes of one political party, or was it even needed if free speech was only what and who used it. The First Amendment was written for people we disagree with, not for those we agree with.

Liberalism has changed dramatically from its origin of free and independent thinking that founded this country. The concept of ideas being debated and shared were never considered the threat, the attempt to stop those ideas and concepts were.

The concern for money being used in politics is shared by all, as the other avenues are such as the bias in in our information outlets, academia, Hollywood and so on. Our Health Care laws are basically written by lobbyist in the healthcare industry. We also see employment in state governments requiring Union membership, supporting one party with campaign funding regardless of the issues that insure monetary reward and special consideration — paid for my taxpayers.

Recently, the Rutger University Faculty Council called for Condoleezza Rice to be uninvited to commencement ceremony because of their hostility to Republican politics. We have comedians that use politics as a means of promoting left leaning ideas in the political realm  Hollywood movies supporting political themes, corporations are allowed to use the First Amendment to distribute porn through out our culture.

Our liberal founders found room in our institutions of education, our institution of judicial prudence. A view that limits free speech on the basis of its own agenda is what is dangerous.

Today, liberalism appears closer to what lied behind the Iron Curtain then the founders of this nation.

Mick Sheldon | Kingston


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