Quoting president out of context is same as a lie

Aug. 9, 2012 at 3:09 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

What is it about the truth!? Someone once said that once you know it - the truth, that is - it will "set/make you free." Here is truth: No one can individually, on their own, within the boundaries of these United States, build, establish, operate or enjoy the benefits of success of any business, whether private or public, without the United States government built/financed roads, streets, infrastructure, police/military protection, research and development(s) in science, technology, food production, banking, public school, colleges, universities, etc., etc! Even the idea of picking one's self up by one's bootstraps, though it sounds good, in one of those cultural myths that sounds good, but cannot be "true." John Donne wrote, "No man is an island...." Truth is, we are all in this adventure called living together. That's why it seriously bewilders my feeble mind when it comes to racial bigotry in America. Note: There is a sector of American historical thinking that would convincingly argue that this nation was built up on the free labor of my ancestors. Of course, this is only partially true. To quote President Obama, out of context, without reading all that he said, makes the argument of the letter that called him a "socialist" a lie. And we know where lies come from, don't we?

Rufus C. Diggs, Victoria



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