More of the Same

RECEIVED Fri., June 26, 2009

Dear Editor,
    Robert Bork, rejected Supreme Court nominee, has offered his criticism of nominee Sonia Sotomayor: Obama’s description of her as “empathetic” is code for her agenda to legislate from the bench, to the detriment of the Founding Fathers’ original intent. Bork made no secret of his intent, had he been confirmed, to overturn Roe v. Wade. He flatly stated the Constitution provides no guarantee of privacy to U.S. citizens. This is not mistaken; it is a lie. Liberty is contingent upon privacy.
    I’m reading a posthumously published collection of fiction and essays by one of America’s greatest writers: Kurt Vonnegut’s Armageddon in Retrospect. His (last) speech “At Clowes Hall, Indianapolis, April 27, 2007” contains this gem: “I have the humorist Paul Krasner to thank for pointing out a big difference between George W. Bush and Hitler. Hitler was elected.” And this original idea: “If Jesus were alive today, we would kill him with lethal injection. I call that progress.”
    Yesterday Jon Stewart demonstrated that, despite repeated promises to the contrary during the campaign, Obama’s administration is just as nontransparent as George W. Bush’s. A half-hour later, Steven Colbert noted that with a stroke of the pen, Obama could end “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the armed services' prohibition of gays in the military. (But he’s stonewalling – pun intended.)
    The gay community has the duty to serve its country in the military – and the constitutional right to do so – and this right is “unalienable.” (The Declaration of Independence lays the philosophical foundation upon which the Constitution is built.) In other words, no one will grant to us that privilege. It is ours as a birthright. Even though I far prefer Obama over his campaign opponent, right now I’m beginning to suspect he’s a big, fat liar!
Kenney C. Kennedy
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