January 30, 2009

Why Limbaugh's legions oppose Obama's agenda

Leonard Pitts Jr. reacts with horror at the thought that a loyal American can hope his new president fails in implementing his stated policies ("What Limbaugh's comment says about Limbaugh," Commentary, Jan. 26).

Perhaps Mr. Pitts can explain his hope that President Barack Obama succeeds in closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay.

What will Mr. Obama do with the terrorists there, including confessed masterminds Khalid Sheik Mohammed and Ramzi bin al-Shibh? Try them in some federal district court, with full Fourth Amendment rights? Release them on bail somewhere in the American heartland?

Perhaps Mr. Pitts believes it is wrong to oppose Mr. Obama's plans for new spending that will add more than $1 trillion to our national debt.

Perhaps Mr. Pitts believes in spending untold billions on the farcical idea of man-made global warming at the expense of the standard of living of Americans, while the Chinese, Indians and others spew the alleged "greenhouse gases" into the atmosphere?

Perhaps Mr. Pitts believes in sitting down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with no preconditions, and with North Korea's Kim Jong Il while Iran and Korea develop usable nuclear weapons.

Perhaps Mr. Pitts ought to examine the facts behind Mr. Obama's plans. In doing so with a fair and unbiased eye, he might begin to understand how Mr. Limbaugh and millions of others can only hope that Mr. Obama fails and that, in doing so, he does not so damage the country that we cannot recover.

Douglas Dribben, Woodstock

Angry rhetoric unfit for party of Lincoln

Kudos to Leonard Pitts Jr. for his insightful commentary on Rush Limbaugh ("What Limbaugh's comment says about Limbaugh," Commentary, Jan. 26). I hope it helps conservatives understand that Mr Limbaugh is not an asset to their cause. His remark about hoping President Barack Obama fails is like so many others he has made: divisive but not insightful. He appeals to our anger, not our sense of reason.

I hope the party of Lincoln uses this bicentennial of his birth to remember his genius for leadership. Lincoln asked us to listen to the "better angels of our nature" and urged us to exercise "charity for all" and "malice toward none."

Denny Olver, Baltimore

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