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Re: “Letters for the Week of August 1

Letters@EastBayExpress.com

As a socialist, I guess I qualify as one of Vernon S. Burton's (Letters, EBX, August 1-7, 2012, pp. 4-5) "faux progressives." However, I am confused by his screed. Can he explain how insulting me, castigating me ("whine"), belittling me ("sitting on (my) hands"), and trying to scare me ("results similar to that of the 2010 mid-terms") will get me to vote for his guy?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will persecute Bradley Manning any more than Pres. Obama has.?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will throw the Palestinians under the bus, then run over them repeatedly more than Pres. Obama has?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will use the Espionage Act of 1919 to persecute whistle blowers any more than Pres. Obama has?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will seek the extradition of Julian Assange so that he can be given a show trial in a kangaroo American court--if tried at all-- any more than Pres. Obama has?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will kill more Muslims from the Mediterranean to the Indus River any more than Pres. Obama has?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will sell out the American blue-collar worker with various Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) any more than Pres. Obama has?

If I'm supposed to be scared of a Pres. Mitt Romney, can Mr. Burton tell me how Pres. Romney will support dictators or coups against democratically-elected governments any more than Pres. Obama has?

Granted, a Pres. Romney will approve the Keystone pipeline in 2013; so will a Pres. Obama.

Granted, a Pres. Romney will go to war with Iran in 2013; so will a Pres. Obama.

Granted a Pres. Romney will throw the Mexicans under the bus if elected; so will a Pres. Obama if re-elected.

Why should a "true" Progressive vote for a man who embraces Lieberman and attacks Kucinich?

Why should a "true" Progressive vote for a man who orders a Shirley Sherrod fired, and in a most humiliating way (no Cabinet secretary does that on his own; it has to come from the Oval Office), yet won't fire a Melinda Haag?

Why should a "true" Progressive vote for a man who can't find a pair of "comfortable shoes?"

Why should a "true" Progressive vote for a man who is George W. Bush's third term, and now wants to be his fourth term?

When you vote for Candidate Obama, you get Pres. Obama. Even a yellow dog Democrat or Obama cultist such as Mr. Burton should realize that once free from ever having to run for public office again, the real Obama will surface: a right-wing, empty-suit Rockefeller Republican whose only political principle is that he believes he should be President of the United States from January 20, 2013 to January 20, 2017, same as a Pres. Romney.

Eugene Webber

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Posted by eugene webber on 08/01/2012 at 2:21 PM

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