- Forest Grove News-Times - Opinion
Socialism is in the eye of the beholder
I had not heard of BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome) before I read Mr. Zmudzinski's column ('GWB is no FDR (thank goodness,' News-Times, Feb. 27, 2008).
Nor had I ever heard FDR compared to Hitler or Stalin. While the internment of the Japanese-Americans was a despicable act, FDR did not do this alone. He was under heavy pressure from state representatives.
Having said that, I am sure any survivor of Auschwitz, Dachau, or any of the other gulags and death camps would have chosen Tule Lake if they could.
A pity about those bombs, Mr. Zmudzinski; it's called war, and we didn't start it. I have always, and will always, support Truman's dropping of those bombs in lieu of the hundreds of thousands of U.S. soldiers who would have died in an invasion.
I doubt many seniors now collecting Social Security share the view of FDR as a socialist. Perhaps we might look to Enron or the current administration as culpable in bankrupting the country. As for the respect President Bush has shown the Constitution, I believe history will judge him harshly.
As for your revisionist history, Mr. Zmudzinski; believe me, it makes you resemble nothing so much as the north end of a south-bound horse.
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