Letters Grateful for support
To the editor:
We in South Dakota had the great pleasure last weekend of welcoming home the 1742nd from Iraq. They and the rest of south Dakotans in Iraq and Afghanistan have been asked to do so much in the last few years, which is why it's imperative that we support efforts to give them their due.
Tom Daschle has been a champion of both veterans' and National Guard issues, and he deserves our support. There has never been a more important time for veterans and returning members of the National Guard, so we are grateful to have a voice in Washington that speaks for these loyal Americans.
Charles G. Weidemann
To the editor:
As a citizen who loves God, his country and family, I feel compelled to write these thoughts. People cannot subscribe to a one world government, a one world court, a one world bank, a one world police force (army) and a one world church, and then be honest in saying they love freedom. All of these one world fantasies when adopted can only bring about total slavery, control of their will or death.
The following set of "Communist Rules" should awake truly proud Americans, to the responsibility they must now take if we are to survive as a free people.
Lest anyone be lured into thinking that the world communist movement has shifted its strategy and tactics over the decades, here are excerpts from the "Communist Rules for Revolution," a document that was captured by the allied forces in Dusseldorf in May, 1919. It might explain some of today's happenings:
A. Corrupt the young, get them away from religion. Get them interested in sex. Make them superficial, destroy their ruggedness.
B. Get control of all means of publicity and thereby:
1. Get people's minds off their government by focusing their attention on athletics, sexy books and plays, and other trivialities.
2. Divide the people into hostile groups by constantly harping on controversial matters of no importance.
3. Destroy the people's faith in their natural leaders by holding the latter up to contempt, ridicule and obloquy (disgrace).
4. Always preach true democracy, but seize power as fast and as ruthlessly as possible.
5. By encouraging government extravagance, destroy its credit, produce fear of inflation with rising prices and general discontent.
6. Foment unnecessary strikes in vital industries, encourage civil disorders, and foster a lenient and soft attitude on the part of government towards such disorders.
7. By specious (plausible, appearing to be true, but not true) argument cause the break-down of the old moral virtues: honesty, sobriety, continence, faith in the pledged word, ruggedness.
C. Cause the registration of all firearms on some pretext, with the view of confiscation of them and leaving the population helpless. � (Source: Fulton Lewis III)
Christians need to wake up! We are living in solemn, terrible days, when prophecy of the Bible, and people as well, is taking place right before our eyes. � Copied.
As our most important and meaningful holiday approaches, it saddens one to think of how people, through selfishness and greed, have abandoned the principles, values and victory which this holiday (Independence Day) commemorates.
It is my hope and prayer that true Americans and all who respect freedom will put God, Country, family and self (in that exact order) thus insuring the blessings of God on a free nation.
TSGT I.D. Gibbs
USAF Ret., Burbank
Father's Day tribute
A Father's Day letter to Howard and Lucille O'Connor was received from their son, Shannon. Shannon is a 1980 graduate of The University of South Dakota Law School and a federal public defense lawyer in Omaha, NE.
Dear Mom and Dad:
There are federal public defenders in every state. Nominations are made to the national association and awards are presented at the Annual Federal Defenders Conference.
I was one of four lawyers in the country who received this year's award. My boss told me the vote on my nomination was unanimous. I received this award in front of 400 other lawyers attending the conference in Boston.
When I got up to receive the award my leg had fallen asleep and I was asked whether my limp played well to a jury.
I am humbled and a bit embarrassed by all of this. Still it is important that I share it with you. Even at 50 it is important to please your parents. I also want you both to know that you did a great job.
"Your kid done good."
I love you both,
To the editor:
I read, with bemused disgust, the June 11 Mitchell (Daily Republic) Guest Commentary. Was it farce? High fantasy?
Unfortunately, no. And by not taking the slapstick high road, the author could not have gotten things more wrong.
Reagan was far from this heroic cowboy on his tax-cutting horse. While the revisionist spin machine is in effect, how soon we forget that the man was a shrill idealogue responsible for some of the most drastic cuts in social services this nation has ever seen.
He presided over an orgasmic peacetime military build-up, paved the way for neo-cons like W. and bankrupted this nation ? morally and financially.
Take a step back and realize that he devalued the office of president and made the current us vs. them, simplistic world view possible.
And, since terror is on the minds of folks in the heartland, let us note that Reagan was largely responsible for the mess we're now in.
It was he who capitulated in Lebanon, thus encouraging Hezbollah and their degenerate kith and kin. He armed the mujahadin in Afghanistan, leading to a well-armed group of militant warlords who would eventually form the Taliban.
It was Reagan who spoke out of both sides of his mouth on terrorism; publicly vowing to not negotiate while dealing arms to Iran. He and his administration furthered the violence during the Iran-Iraq war by publicly siding with and arming Saddam, yet selling those same weapons to the Ayatollah.
He supported some of the most repressive regimes in our own hemisphere and created new generations of freedom fighters cum reactionaries.
So, keep your rosy images of Reagan. He will forever be associated with the resultant evil of the past 24 years.
Put his face on Rushmore? Hardly. The last thing the Black Hills needs is the humiliating reminder of another self-serving white terrorist.
Erik J. Gundlach-Evans
(Vermillion by way of Montgomery, AL)