The small but relentless bunch of right-wing letter writers and their invented facts are usually good for a chuckle. But Bob Anderson’s factually devoid letter of Feb. 28 demands a response. Since the extreme right seems to know that it can’t justify its existence with provable facts it has adopted the old standby of: “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.” – Joseph Goebbels, Chief Nazi propagandist.
To wit: Mr. Anderson regales us with his French assailing Hal Sundin for spreading misinformation when Mr. Anderson has his American history wrong. Mr. Sundin tells us “the Constitution was by no means popular when presented to the States for ratification.” Somehow Mr. Anderson disputes this by quoting the Second Amendment. But the Second Amendment didn’t get ratified until 14 months after the Constitutional Convention presented the finished Constitution to the Continental Congress and hence the States. It took another nine months for nine states to ratify it and actually form the United States of America. Oh well.
An extensive web search could find no mention of Sen. Feinstein saying “that her objective is to remove all guns from circulation.” Even searching NRA and other gun supporter sites.
The Internet is abuzz with the quote supposedly attributed to the venerable George Washington. A quick search of reputable sites shows that the right has a need to misquote a great American in order to further their lies. The reputable site, FoundersQuotes.com will give you the truthful quote, and it is evident that our first president is talking about the military (aka “a well regulated militia”) not folks wanting to keep assault weapons under their beds. What GW really said is:
“A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined; to which end a uniform and well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies.”
More wisdom from a Founding Father:
“Facts are stubborn things.”
– John Adams, founding father and second president
This past week’s Thompson Divide meeting at Carbondale Town Hall was an incredible statement of our unified voice to protect the Divide from drilling. One couldn’t help but leave that meeting feeling they are part of an incredible community stretching valleywide that is dedicated to fighting this issue. With that said, we have a tremendous amount of work to do, starting immediately. Attending the meeting was not enough.
Now that we know we’re all in it together, we must all act together to make our voices heard (and hopefully listened to) by the federal decision makers. I urge each and every one of you to begin writing letters to these folks once a week. You can use the online tool that the Thompson Divide Coalition has created on its website to send your letters, and you can also personalize them there, too. We only have a couple of months (if that), so we must begin to write these letters today. And then continue to write them again each week. You can find the letter writing tool at http://www.savethompsondivide.org/take-action.
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