Another letter from the other planet. Scripture proves that liberal Democrats are to blame for all the ills in our society. Where does this come from? We might be the last generation that retires with fixed-income pensions, a government-sponsored health care system and pretty decent Social Security benefits.

But there are people among us that rail against liberal ideas, who believe the right-wing propaganda. We are in a fight of our lives and most people don’t even know it. Predatory capitalism is winning ever since usury laws were changed in the 1980s, and our unions have been systematically assaulted by the powerful oil and coal oligarchs in our country.

Let me present some facts regarding what liberal Democrats are responsible for: FDR was a liberal Democrat and is the reason we have Social Security benefits, also a 40-hour work week and child labor laws, just to mention a few liberal policies he was responsible for. I know, I know, you’re going to say that you paid into the system, therefore, it has nothing to do with government policy. But that’s not quite true. The government insists that your employer match the funds you put into the system. The last time there was a majority conservative Supreme Court, they were about to rule Social Security unconstitutional, but FDR stepped in and threatened to pack the court with more justices, so they relented.

So here we are again with a very conservative Supreme Court; that’s why when Sen. McConnell threatens to reduce these programs it is very possible that this court could actually do that. Of course that reminds me of the other liberal Democrat — LBJ. He was responsible for you having Medicare and Medicaid. I know, I know you paid into it. I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but that’s not quite true either. If you have one open heart surgery or some other procedure of any consequence, you would have used every cent you ever paid or will ever pay into the Medicare system.

Most of you are convinced that socialism means communism. There are many types of socialisms, ours is called a social democracy. Like in a government (by the people, for the people, and of the people) it’s about making sure that everyone benefits from forming a more perfect union. We are very close to becoming the richest poor county in the world.

Roger Cullen

Old Homosassa

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BenThere

It's a relief to see that there is intelligent life in Citrus County. Your letter hit the nail on the head. I believe we are seeing history repeat itself and give you a speech from Gettysburg as evidence. Two hundred and forty-three years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. We are now engaged in a great political war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. Think about it!

CitrusCo Citizen

Agree, Ben, and now the U.S.A. has descended into a "Cold Civil War". The hate-speech, bigotry, and lies that have come from mostly one party have split families apart--parents against their grown children, husband against wife, brother against brother, neighbor against neighbor, state against state. Some families, friends, and neighbors I know won't even speak to each other anymore--the split is permanent. How sad. If people see, hear, or speak evil and hate they need to call it out and stop it!! Just ignoring hate, bigotry and lies will perpetuate it and it will get worse until it erupts into violence, as it did in Charlottesville. We need a new president who will heal the wounds, anger, and willful ignorance and unite our country and our democracy once again, or we are doomed--and so is our democracy and our country.

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