Reality Check: Liberals Spineless, Democracy Corrupted, 'Chronicle' Perfidious

RECEIVED Tue., Nov. 30, 2004

Dear Editor,
   Michael Ventura asks ["Letters @ 3am," Nov. 26]: "Do we just write off nearly 3 million Texans? Do we just forget nearly half a million Mississippians?"
   Yes and yes. Just keep on ignoring the elephant in the living room. Rally the weak-kneed, spineless liberal masses with pep talks! Screw the numbers (like fundamentalist evangelicals make up 40% of the electorate) and dig the rhetoric that pre-emptive compromise is "inclusive." Progressive thinkers should believe in a restrictively bipartisan pseudo-democratic process created to appease slaveholding aristocrats under the misleading banner of "states' rights." Progressives should adopt the faith-based "logic" of theocrats who will lead us to the New World Order Rapture!
   Giving further weight to my answers to your questions, check the fact-based journalism of this fine publication, wherein my last comment on your rancorous political ramblings clearly showed that "Ventura, I’m Better Educated and Informed Than You, So Why Aren’t You Listening to Me!" ["Postmarks Online," Oct. 11]. Evidently, the heading writer doesn't know the correct punctuation with which to end a sentence. Apparently, the important thing is to mock loyal readers who challenge the gospel of Chronicle columnists. And this journalist did it well – fallaciously, but well. Given equal access, I'm sure I could rip him a new one, too. Perfidiously, the "Postmarks" editor even denied my request for the print edition!
   Well, we certainly don't want to shed light on the processes and voting methods that make a mockery of our so-called democracy, do we? There is no elephant in the living room. Rah! Rah! Nader equals Bush (perfidy!). Not Democrat equals bad (probably evil, but maybe just stupid). Go, Dem team, go! Wave really, really big pom-poms next time!
   Anyway, thanks for asking, rhetorically or not. If you ever get around to a reality checkup, you might note that the electoral process itself answers your questions. Republicans know that.
Rod Sanders
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