published Saturday, October 13th, 2012

How could anyone vote for Democrats? and other letters to the editors

How could anyone vote for Democrats?

The Democratic Party has fallen into the hands of left-wing extremists.

Their objective is perpetual power. Their strategy depends on lies, distortion, divisiveness, fear-mongering and creation of dependency.

They impose regulations that raise the cost of (i.e. tax) necessities such as food, gas, utilities and insurance. They have caused the descent into poverty of millions who had hoped to be working and self-reliant. They have stripped people of their dignity by leaving no alternative but welfare and food stamps. They seem not to care about high unemployment because, as they have stated, and may even believe, unemployment compensation, welfare and food stamps stimulate the economy.

Disagree with them and you will be called the enemy and subjected to character assassination. They despise capitalism and free enterprise. They freely violate the Constitution and any laws they disagree with. They spend recklessly, dooming us to default or massive inflation with permanent high unemployment.

Their foreign policy is characterized by pusillaniminity. They insult and betray our friends and appease and grovel to our enemies. No wonder Putin and Chavez want Obama re-elected.

It is incomprehensible to me how anyone with even a shred of intelligence could vote for them.

ANTHONY G. FOX, Signal Mountain

Cato report misses state's positives

A recent report by the Cato Institute, a Washington think tank that was editorialized by the Free Press (Oct. 10), ignores relevant context that helps make Tennessee, according to Barron's, one of the three of the most well-run states in the nation.

During the past two years, Gov. Bill Haslam has lowered the Hall tax on dividends, the grocery tax, and the inheritance and gift taxes are in the process of being eliminated.

Tennessee has the lowest debt per capita and one of the lowest tax burdens in the U.S. Credit ratings agencies give Tennessee the highest grades, and the Rainy Day Fund has grown more than 38 percent during the governor's time in office.

The report compares estimated numbers to actual spending to create a dubious growth percentage when our overall state budget has decreased. In addition, while other states have cut education funding, the governor continues to invest in education because he believes well-educated citizens are critical to our state's future.

Gov. Haslam is data-driven. He is focused on making Tennessee the best managed state in the country, and his conservative fiscal policies have us well on the way to achieving that goal.

CLAUDE RAMSEY, Deputy to Gov. Bill Haslam

Senator's viewpoint on wind troubling

I recently received a response email from a current Tennessee senator. My original email was addressing the importance of renewing the wind energy tax credits. Wind energy has the potential to be a significant source of renewable energy that needs to be pursued, not gutted. No fuel is needed to power a wind turbine, and it emits no pollution. What caught my attention was his reply. He supports clean sources of energy, but doesn't support wind energy. His idea of clean energy is building more nuclear power plants. To think an elected official would have such an uninformed stance on this issue is appalling.

Nuclear power generates tons of radioactive waste that remains toxic for thousands of years. Where are we to put this? With over 7 billion people few would want a toxic waste dump in their back yard. Not to mention the risks involved with living in the proximity of a nuclear power plant. Does Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear incidents sound familiar? Building more nuclear power plants, as he suggests, is a myopic action with dire consequences. Be careful who you vote for or you may end up with a waste dump near you!


Mormon doctrine shows it's a cult

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a Christian church. In fact, from its beginning it has denounced every other Christian church. Joseph Smith, their founder, said in his autobiography that an angel told him that he shouldn't unite with any denomination at all, for they were all "corrupted and abhorrent in the eyes of the Lord." This is the same approach to other churches that's taught by Mormon missionaries in their door-to-door activity.

A studied consideration of Mormon doctrine reveals it is a cult because it deviates from every article of the Christian faith, employing just enough of the dialectical terminology to deceive those who are uninitiated in the teachings of Christ. Using the name of Jesus Christ is no proof of true identification. Jesus foretold that some would come, using His name, while being "workers of iniquity," and He said: "I never knew you." (Matthew 7:21-23).

Christians may vote for a Mormon, avoiding a religious litmus test, but they shouldn't be deceived into believing they are voting for a Christian any more than voting for Obama because he professes to be a Christian. Voters should examine the policies each candidate puts forward on social values, economic philosophy, constitutional fidelity and foreign affairs.

JAMES WEST, Ringgold, Ga.

Where's the news on Libya hearings?

The biggest political scandal in years is unfolding in Washington, and yet readers of the Times Free Press might never know about it. Hearings were held by Rep. Issa's committee regarding the terror attack in Benghazi that left four Americans, including our Libyan ambassador, dead. It is clear that the president, Hillary Clinton and several other key administration figures blatantly lied to the American public about what happened before and after this attack in a lame attempt to hide the fact that Obama's foreign policy in that region has been a disastrous failure.

At these hearings, it was revealed by sworn testimony that several pleas for additional security forces for the Libyan mission were continually denied by high-ranking State Department officials, and on Sept. 11, our ambassador was assassinated. How much coverage did the Times Free Press give these hearings? Zero, zip, nada. This breaking news might make both Obama and Hillary look weak and incompetent, but what do we get instead? A front- page story about Rep. DesJarlais.


Restaurant policy on pay, tips unjust

I'm outraged at the article in the Business section (Oct. 10) regarding Darden Restaurants Inc. and their plan to "test a part time strategy" at several restaurants in our area. (They own nine restaurants -- Olive Garden and Red Lobster-- in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia). The company reports 75 percent of their employees are part-time and they plan to "boost" the number of part-time workers (28 hours a week) so they won't have to pay health-insurance benefits.

They also placed most workers on a "tip-sharing" program, meaning all workers work at a rate of $2.13 an hour and share tips! This is unjust. When we share those thoughts and Facebook posts with our friends advising that others should just "get a job," please consider, how is one hard-working parent to care for their children on a hourly rate of $2.13, tip sharing and no health-care benefits. Is this how Darden Restaurants "trickles down" its profit? Nice job.

I understand decisions must be made in the corporate world regarding health-care reform and how employees are covered. There has to be a better way. If you must stuff your belly with Olive Garden or Red Lobster, please tip generously. Shame on you, Darden Restaurants.


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ToHoldNothing said...


If you're going to accuse Mormonism of being a cult, which it certainly has traits of, similar to evangelicalism and fundamentalism in Christianity at large, at least use a more accessible and precise definition of the term cult. The most general and yet specific definition applies to any group that is remotely new and differs markedly from generally accepted doctrine in a particular religious culture.

But your critique hinges on claiming that Mormonism is heresy or otherwise false teaching, both of which are condemned in so called orthodox Christianity. If that's your point of attack, then call it that and go with that angle. Don't confuse the issue by making claims about something that are more based in social acceptability and not religious dogma or doctrine and conformity or lack thereof to it.

Of course you can say that anyone is lying about their religion to get votes, but that's politics. I'd rather take people at their word unless they explicitly diverge from the most basic ideas and beliefs of their faith. In that case, they would get a different term applied, whatever that might be. Obama is certainly not a Muslim in any strict sense of the term

October 13, 2012 at 1:19 a.m.
CathyB3 said...

"Christians may vote for a Mormon, avoiding a religious litmus test, but they shouldn't be deceived into believing they are voting for a Christian any more than voting for Obama because he professes to be a Christian."

Mr. West, the Gospel of John tells us that God knows the heart of every man. YOU SIR, ARE NOT GOD!!! Your claim that both candidates are liars about their religion is totally obnoxious.

Besides, in this country, we are not to vote based on religon - but we may if we choose.

October 13, 2012 at 1:54 a.m.
ThomasAY said...

Extremely well said Mr Fox, however, your letter would be better with some additional examples, specifically on your comment "They freely violate the Constitution and any laws they disagree with." This is a broad comment and merits some support.

October 13, 2012 at 6:55 a.m.
moon4kat said...

Mr. Fox, I do believe you are talking about the GOP when you say: "Their objective is perpetual power. Their strategy depends on lies, distortion, divisiveness, fear-mongering . . ."
And, it is patently, and obviously, not true that Democrats dislike capitalism.

October 13, 2012 at 8:35 a.m.
librul said...

Mr. Fox, you, sir, are an idiot. And I thought Signal Mountain was inhabited by well educated people! Your post indicates that you have let the lying zombies at Fox Noise replace your brain with mush. The Constitution lies in tatters today because of the criminality of George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Alberto Gonzalez and legal wonks like Scalia, Alito, and Roberts.

I do not think the people suffering with fungal meningitis today share your disdain for regulations. I do not believe that helping those suffering on the margins of our damnable capitalist meatgrinder is anything but responsible government but I do think that it is YOU who should examine your concepts of community and society. When the richest 400 people in this country hold more wealth than the next 160 million of us, your rancorous whining about the poor fades into background noise.

The word that Olive Garden and Red Lobster are restricting their wait staff to 28 hours a week to avoid paying health insurance is a conviction of greed-driven private health insurance companies, not the workers - who are forced to share tips while making $2.13 an hour - wow, there's a pathway to riches. There's a great way to foster pride in work and achievement. Maybe YOU should try it. I bet it would turn you into a Democrat in a heartbeat!

October 13, 2012 at 9:50 a.m.
charivara said...

Fox, you are a riot! Hilarious letter. There is not one accusation against Democrats that you make that you back with facts, but they do fit Republicans like a glove. Is there a contest for poster child for "Projection" going on? Congratulations. You've won it!

October 13, 2012 at 2:13 p.m.
carlB said...

How could anyone vote for Democrats? The Democratic Party has fallen into the hands of left-wing extremists ANTHONY G. FOX, Signal Mountain

REPLY: I have to agree with what charivara said in his reply to your letter to the Editor, because what he said is the truth.

The KEY to recovery is the creation of middle class manufacturing jobs and the decrease in the cost of living expenses while decreasing the "wage gap," with sacrifices made by everybody. Not the depressing of the middle classes and not forcing an increase in the number of people living in Poverty. Remember what the conditions of this Republic were at the end of the last administration with the help of the fraud occurring in the private financial systems and with the effects of the global economy. We were on the verge of another great depression.

The elected officials who call themselves Republicans, along with the voters who are convinced to vote the Republican Party back into Office, giving them too much control, have always destroyed the balance of this Republic's economic systems. It appears that not only are these people ignoring the facts of History from the 1929 great depression and now without a full recovery from the 2007 deep recession, they want to continue destroying our economy by stopping the President from using the role of Government to prevent another great depression. Was it the private enterprise systems that prevented another great depression? What is stopping the Private sectors from stepping up to put the people back to work on production and manufacturing jobs here in the USA instead of depending on the US consumers to continue creating over a $1.0 trillion dollars yearly trade deficit buying their imported goods that are manufactured outside the USA?

October 14, 2012 at 8:28 p.m.
carlB said...

When President Obama tried to explain what the crisis conditions were and continue with policies that would prevent another great depression, his opponents turned against him and acted as if the eight year conditions of the Bush W./Cheney administration had never happened. The Republicans HAD TO ignore the Bush W. eight years and go back to the "Days of Regean" while forming a PAC to start lying, and obstructing all of President Obama's policies while blaming President Obama for the effects of the 2007 deep recession.

October 14, 2012 at 8:39 p.m.

RE: 'How could anyone vote for Democrats' by Anthony G. Fox

Mr. Fox clearly has no concept of 'left-wing extremism', or left-wing politics in general. Radical leftist thought, though highly nuanced and varied in its schools, is united by one principle: The seizure of the means of production by the workers, and, subsequently, the collapse of capitalism. In his letter, Mr. Fox criticizes Democratic policy for what he interprets as the Democrats' strategy for rebuilding the economy. If the Democratic Party has indeed "fallen into the hands of left-wing extremists", as Mr. Fox opined, then why would they take any measures to rebuild our economy, which is undoubtedly still capitalist? One could argue that these shadowy Democratic 'leftists' are trying to run it into the ground, but that's getting into conspiracy theory territory, and the same could be said of the Republicans just as easily.

The Democrats are anything but left-wing, and this is coming from a real, live socialist who refuses to vote Democrat for this very reason. The American political sphere is shifted to the right of center (by world standards). The Democrats are centrists, and are only perceived as 'leftists' because they're not quite as right-wing as the GOP. Their fiscal policy at its very core is virtually indistinguishable from that of the Republicans. Both parties are guilty of corporate welfare. Both parties vote to fund needless wars. Both parties are complicit in the indulgent waste that led to our massive deficit. Mr. Fox is right on one point, however; the Democrats are interested chiefly in power, divisiveness, and fear-mongering; he only failed to note that the Republicans are equally interested in the same things.

This election is one of countless prior attempts to 'divide and conquer', and no matter who wins, both parties will have been successful in achieving that objective. They are concerned solely with big business and its interests, and in collusion with the media, they manufacture political controversy to obscure this. The DNC differs from the GOP only on superficial economic issues that whip up our anger and cloud up our minds, and social issues that cause a cultural divide and make us all hate each other. American politics has turned into "us vs. them", and I don't see that changing any time soon.

So, Republicans, before you go calling Obama and the DNC a bunch of socialists, realize that real, self-identified socialists would be the first ones to tell you that you're wrong. They're just one side of the same coin.

October 18, 2012 at 1:29 p.m.
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