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Response to “A view of liberalism”...


Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in Chatfield Letter to the Editor

To the Editor,

In Stan Gudmundson’s article, “A View of Liberalism,” he states, “I do not care for liberalism. Not at all.” Well, Mr. Gudmundson, I don’t care for conservatism. Not at all, especially the extreme right wing ideology that you appear to represent.

Mr. Gudmundson says liberals’ “solutions” to problems are “Just wrong.” Our Social Security System was a bad “solution?” Really? Medicare was a bad “solution?” I think Mr. Gudmundson would be hard-pressed to find even a handful of Republicans who would be willing to scrap either of these programs. Medicaid a failed “solution?” Problems, yes, but we, as a nation, would be much worse off without these programs. All three programs exist mainly because of liberal initiatives and show that our system of government cares about the elderly and the poor. I suspect that Mr. Gudmundson is no different than millions of other Americans who are taking full advantage of both Social Security and Medicare. Might there be just a wee bit of hypocrisy here?

Let’s just take a brief look at a few other government programs instituted over the years and initiated by liberals and largely resisted by conservatives: almost all of our labor and child labor laws, Freedom of Information Act, women’s right to vote, establishment of land-grant public universities, bank deposit insurance, Pell Grants, Americans with Disabilities Act, Securities Act and most banking regulations, Family and Medical Leave Act, Public Health Service and CDC, The Peace Corps, universal public education, the Civil Rights movement, Consumer Product Safety Commision, OSHA and workplace safety laws and the list goes on and on. All of these were liberal “solutions” to some kind of problem or deficiency in how we provide for and protect our citizens.

Clearly, Mr. Gudmundson, entrenched in his bitter right wing ideology, has not done his homework.

Herb Panko

Chatfield, MN

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