2016-06-24 / Letters

Letter writers agree on one thing: Let’s all vote

To the editor:

You can lead a person to knowledge, but you can’t make him think.

I must confess to having been taken aback by Mr. Michael Pock’s letter to the editor last week because I found myself actually agreeing with him for the very first time – on one, single, solitary point: We all need to vote.

However, that was the extent of the common ground between us. The rest of Mr. Pock’s letter was his usual rambling illogic, masquerading as self-righteous indignation.

First off, Mr. Pock describes Tea Baggers as “normal people” who “would most likely be called Trump supporters” today. I would argue that most Tea Partiers are a far cry from normal. More often than not, they’re a band of ill-educated, irrational, misled lemmings advocating the restoration of a mythic government/society of old, by empowering corporations and the 1 percent, while denouncing natural preservation and industry operation standards. What TB-ers don’t seem to grasp is that the purpose of American government is to protect the public’s individual rights from all oppression, including rampant crony capitalism. And anyone supporting the demagogic Oompa-Loompa that is Donald Drumpf, can also lay claim to being a supporter of ignorance, racism, ignorance, misogyny, ignorance, xenophobia, ignorance, climate-denial and ignorance.

Following this is Mr. Pock’s clear admiration of Gov. Paul “LePlague,” whom he claims “gets things done.” Things like what – the number of vetoes he’s stamped on proposed bills? Maine holds the dubious distinction of being one of 10 states that has not recovered all the jobs that were lost during the Great Recession (brought to you by George “Dubya” Bush). One of the many reasons our state holds this dishonor is that LePage relies heavily on the industries of the past, such as timber harvesting and mining, rather than supporting technology-driven enterprises.

Finally, Mr. Pock charges South Portlanders to “vote the bums out!” Funny how the man who squeaked into his councilor’s seat by a mere two votes in a four-way race in 2013, seems to have forgotten that we already voted his “bum out” in 2014, when he lost that same seat by more than 2,500 votes.

I advocate the need to vote as well. But when you vote, please consider whether the candidate you’re considering actually has any positive proposals to forward, or is nothing more than a narrow-minded obstructionist crony for Big Oil.

William Duffy South Portland

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