After reading a letter from Mr. Garon on Oct. 21, I had to respond. The underlying message is purely open hatred. Outrageously derogatory and inflammatory words are used to turn the audience into a frenzy — like Teahadist, bomb thrower, blackmail, inmates, asylum, kill, fascist, bilious, extremist and racist. It’s propaganda to make you angry so you stop thinking, otherwise it is easy to see through the hate and discover the truth.
Sadly, John is not alone. Patrick Stelmack, community organizer for California “Fair Share,” uses similar tactics with the truth but hides his real agenda. Funny how “fair share” can never be defined. It’s whatever politicians or labor organizers say it is. Does the Fire Tax seem like a “Fair Share” to you? How about carbon taxes? PG&E is one enforcer — look in this month’s bill. How about healthcare? It’s all income redistribution; theft, aka “fairness.”
Brian Deberry is another reader using hatred to destroy the most basic tenet of our judicial system — innocent until proven guilty. He would get a rope and silence Supervisor Nutting at any cost. Of course, those holding the rope can say and do whatever they wish, but not that evil man accused of terrible crimes. I’ve got news for you — Ray Nutting’s “terrible” crime was actively opposing the Fire Tax, helping people understand and file their appeals. For that he must be silenced. An example must be made.
El Dorado County had a slogan “Too Great for Hate,” one result of political correctness. We’ve moved past slogans, into the realm of “the end justifies the means.” This used to be a peaceful, friendly place to live. Serious and petty crime was rare, but now it has become commonplace.
We have a choice, good citizens. We can continue to tolerate hatred and “get a rope” injustice, or we can recognize that we are not groups, but individuals. We are not objects, but human beings with feelings who can hurt and be hurt by others. When you put individuals into groups, the individual’s self control is lost.
Many people these days want to tell others how to live. Are you so perfect that you should control the lives of others? Must we all be perfect in your image? Are you God? On the other hand, should I be forced to pay for your mistakes? How else will you learn? When government enters the equation, so does limitless, deadly force. That force may no longer be controllable. Throughout history, all governments have exceeded their authority and the results have been horrible. We are losing control right now.
Some people love to hate. I pity them because hate is poison. What do you say we try being “Too Great for Hate?” Lead by example, making your letters positive, informative, truthful, and sincere. Tackle serious subjects, but use facts, not propaganda. Outline the problem and suggest real solutions. Sources would be nice. Behave like adults and set the example for a change.
MARK E. SMITH