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Conspiracy Not

Posted 3/31/2010

Brian Morton's recent diatribe regarding those who disagree with President Obama (a title of respect Morton denies the president) is a perfect balance between a total lack of understanding of those who are uncomfortable with the president's admittedly progressive agenda and raw hyperbole ("Conspiracies," Political Animal, March 10).

As a white person who marched in the '60s in solidarity with the civil rights movement and who counts several blacks as friends, I want to sooth Morton's spirit and assure him there is no "conspiracy." Further, the "deep, deep, deep down" stuff is hyperbole run amuck. He undermines his own argument by applying the "conspiracy" theory to President Clinton. Upstanding citizens just were not happy with the shenanigans in the White House.A There certainly was no conspiracy against little blue dresses or against his "whiteness."

The issue with both presidents is simply this:A At this time in history, like it or not, Americans are clearly center-right in their political views.A Lives have been sacrificed and fortunes compromised to assure each American life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.A Many see the gutting of Medicare, the taxes beginning now with no benefit until 2014, the removal of the doctor "fix" to assure the numbers the president has been touting hold up, and so many other lost freedoms, as a movement toward a progressive society, and we do not want that. Further, we believe the problem is one of access and there is no need to "gut" the best medical care in the world to fix that and the other weaknesses, including insurance abuses.

Why cannot decent, taxpaying, intelligent, history-astute, liberal citizens raise these and a host of salient issues without being accused of being part of some great conspiracy?

My turning away from President Obama is issue-based, and I have no intent of it meaning I have some demonic need to see him fail.

My real concern is not about whose face is on a dollar bill as it is about how many trillions more of them that will be needed in the next 10 years to pay the bill, a la Massachusetts and Tennessee.

James F.W. Talley

Correction: Last week's review of Our Town at the Everyman Theatre ("On the Town," Stage, March 24) incorrectly reported that the 2009-10 season would be the company's last at its North Charles Street location. In fact, Everyman will move to the soon-to-be-renovated Town Theatre after its 2010-11 season. City Paper regrets the error.

Also, public defender Anne-Marie Gering's first name was misspelled in our Feb. 24 feature on the murder of Robert Long ("Anatomy of a Murder Trial"). City Paper regrets the error.

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