2018-02-23 / Letters

Reader disagrees with letter writer

To the editor:

“Americanism” a la Michael Pock (Letters to the Editor, Feb. 16, “Should I stay or should I go”) … one giant step backward.

It appears Mr. Pock feels the unnecessary need to defend his country from attack by the vocal few who are hoping to “wreck what we all fought so hard to establish.”

I wonder, have too many letters been posted, decrying the 45th occupant of the Oval Office for his incompetence, narcissism, bigotry, racism, xenophobia, mendacity, misogyny, infidelity, sexual abuse, collusion with a foreign power, ignorance, mental instability, attacking Gold Star families/widows, authoritarianism, draft-dodging, inciting violence, and on and on and on? Is this justified criticism of Trump being confused in poor Mr. Pock’s head as an attack on “Amurikkka”? Maybe.

Mr. Pock chooses a classic song by The Clash, “Should I stay or should I go,” to reinforce his assertion that all those who do not endorse his brand of Americanism should go. By the way, The Clash’s song is about an abusive relationship, where the singer is tired of his girlfriend’s teasing and indecision. Not exactly the best analogy for his argument. But simple and quick seem to serve Mr. Pock’s needs.

The kneejerk reaction of the right, to anyone who criticizes their beloved US of A, seems to always fall into the classic “Love it, or leave it” admonition, conveniently forgetting the fact that our country was founded on rebellion and in the challenging of authority. That’s why freedom of speech is the First Amendment. Standing up against a clearly evident wrong is our Constitution-endorsed right.

However, the WRONGs (White Republican Old Nationalistic Gits) continue their goose-stepping over our civil liberties, wrapped up in their tattered flags and chomping down apple pie, with a lump in their eyes and a tear in the throats (yes, you read that right) … and maybe a tingling in their khaki trousers. Oh, and Mr. Pock, apple pie is not American. Geoffrey Chaucer printed the first apple pie recipe in 1381. And let’s not forget the Dutch, who have been baking apple pies since the 1600s.

Evidently, Mr. Pock served in the Navy aboard a nuclear submarine, for which I applaud his service to our country. But that may also explain his social myopia, having been enclosed in a metal tube for months at a stretch, blind to the outside environment, literally and figuratively.

Surprisingly, I do find myself in agreement with Mr. Pock on one combined sentiment - stand up, get involved, vote. However, the vocal few he disparagingly refers to, and dismisses, actually numbers in the tens of millions. Come Nov. 6, our era of reckoning will commence.

John Wayne once said, “Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.”

Tough luck.

William Duffy-Dufris South Portland

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