The writer of last week’s letter “Administration is a Threat” [Ronald Piretti] can crawl out from under his bed, now. Things are not nearly as scary as he thinks.
First of all, no one wants to take away his guns. Many Americans would like to see some sensible guns laws enacted, but President Obama has signed only one bill that pertained to firearms. It was a bill, which he signed into law, that relaxes restrictions on guns in national parks — not exactly tyranny. And as for the completely false story about the Gabby Giffords tragedy (that innocent lives were “saved last year when Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot”), anyone can look up the facts of the incident (NBC report “Armed Giffords Hero Nearly Shot Wrong Man”). As for the Colorado massacre, if anyone thinks that even more guns blasting inside a dark, tear gas–filled theater would have resulted in fewer deaths, I must ask, “When was the last time you had a rational thought?”
The claim that Catholic hospitals must perform abortions is also completely false. (Read the law.) As for the issue of birth control, 98 percent of American Catholic women use or have used birth control; however, the president has made a concession to the church: “Church-affiliated universities, hospitals and charities would not have to provide or pay for such coverage.” Instead, the White House said, coverage for birth control could be offered to women directly by their employers’ insurance companies, “with no role for religious employers who oppose contraception,” according to the New York Times.
The assertion that we have lost our right to gather in demonstration against government is another lie. There is no such law. No one has removed the First Amendment.
The “right to work” comment is also utter nonsense. It has been the Republican-led states that have lost 600,000 public-sector jobs since 2009. The governors of Tea Party–led states have eliminated public-sector jobs (teachers, firefighters, cops, engineers, etc.) while under the Obama administration, 4,267,000 private-sector jobs have been added to the economy, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Not enough, but compared to the 750,000 jobs per month that were being lost under the Bush administration, it’s a definite improvement. And if the Republican Congress would pass the president’s jobs bill, unemployment rates would drop significantly. But they vowed to do nothing that would help Obama get re-elected, and that’s exactly what the Republican-controlled House of Representatives has done — nothing.
It’s crystal clear to anyone who’s paying attention that Republicans cannot win without obstructing the duties of our government, denying their fellow Americans (college age, senior citizens and minorities) the right to vote, taking billions in corporate bribes to run dishonest ads, and without false rhetoric and outright lies. If Republicans prevail in November, I’ll be the one under my bed.