Trying to set the record straight

To the Editor,

Although correcting tea-leaf writers could be a full-time occupation, I’m going to try and not waste too many words trying to educate them. They never seem to learn anything.

The first suggests that socialism is the root of all evil. Aside from not seeming to understand the difference between a political system and an economic system, some writers cite a number of countries that are having trouble with socialism as it relates to their economies.

Once again, for the 100th time, all existing countries on this planet have blended socialism with capitalism. Social Security is socialism. It seems to me that our unique blend of these two economic systems is closest to what works.

The other tea-leaf purveyor seems to be under the impression the Democrats eliminated the 60-vote threshold for Supreme Court justices to be confirmed. This is completely erroneous and exhibits dismal understanding of the current rules of the Senate.

During the Obama administration, there was a conspicuous lack of cooperation by the Republicans regarding the appointment of federal judges. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., suspended the 60-vote threshold for federal judges only because he was forced to because of Republican obstructionism. It only applies to judges below the Supreme Court. Republicans removed the 60-vote rule for the Supreme Court.

Now, let’s get back to the more nonsensical arguments presented by the “Orange Caligula” roaming the White House.

To paraphrase President Donald J. Trump on the Charlottesville, Va., Nazi-and-Klan-rally-turned-riot, there were many good people on both sides. Really? My reaction is, if you don’t want to be called racist, don’t hang out with people who are waving the Confederate flag and swastikas.

Then, his equating Gen. Robert E. Lee with George Washington and Thomas Jefferson is absurd. Lee fought against the United States of America and they did not.

Lee had a choice to make and simply chose the wrong side. Nearly 100 years before Lee fought against the United States, the framers of our Constitution were grappling with these issues and, on this one, they came up a little short. However, they did incorporate the idea that “All men are created equal.”

Before excusing Lee’s behavior as fighting for his family, you must understand that his sister was in favor of the Union and his nephew served in the United States Army.

You also must realize that a full 40 percent of U.S. commissioned officers served under the flag of the United States, not the Confederate States of America.

Civil war is awful and we must avoid it.

One question is, would you expect to see a lot of statues celebrating George Washington in England? There is one, in Trafalgar Square, but we don’t see a lot of Brits running around and acting as if they had won the Revolutionary War as if it was some kind of albatross hanging around their necks.

Bob Atkinson