RECEIVED Sat., Nov. 20, 2010

Dear Editor,
    Michael Ventura’s Nov. 19 “Letters at 3AM: The Palin-Obama Convergence” is lacking. So Palin and Obama are typical politicians who lie and dissemble. And so? It would be infinitely more important for Mr. Ventura to objectively discuss how their respective ideologies, i.e., Obama’s leftism and Palin’s conservatism, affect us.
    Indeed, while he touched on the war in Afghanistan and corporations and Obama being in bed and Palin’s resigning as Alaska’s governor, and so on, he never explores their ideologies. Why not? After all, that’s what will determine whether America and the free world become cultural anachronisms or thrive.
    So allow me. First, a clear definition of these ideologies is necessary. And then a description of what each dogma means for America is appropriate. After that, Mr. Obama and Ms. Palin must be identified with their associated ideological makeup.
    Leftism advocates equality of cultural value and economic outcome be dictated by government in the name of subjective leftist defined “social justice.” Conservatives believe cultural importance and economic success be driven by objective individual liberty – not government. Leftism restrains liberty. Conservatism champions it.
    A leftist America would no longer be the world’s leader. A power vacuum would form and be filled most likely by authoritarian China, Russia, and tyrannical Islam. America would be relegated to former superpower status. The U.N., the UK, Europe, Japan, Canada, India, Brazil, and so on would become economic colonial spheres of interest for the new powers. The free world would be fundamentally undone. Humanity would be subject to the tender mercies of the new feudal lords.
    Conversely, a liberty-centric conservative America would retain its leadership role. Liberty and the free world would be protected from those dark forces. Prosperity would soar.
    Barack Obama is a leftist Democrat. Sarah Palin is a conservative Republican. Choose. That’s reality!
Vance McDonald
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