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Letter: Thugs on left, patriots on right?

| September 10, 2009 12:00 AM

Dear Editor:

First, I would like to thank Bob Windom and his family for their service to the country and the county. He stated in his letter to The Western News that union thugs with bull horns and professional signs intimidated the freedom-loving Americans who came to shout, “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, the Chicago Thug must go.” I believe they were referring to the president of the United States.

He failed to mention the Tea Party Patriots of Bozeman brought a firefighting vehicle with loudspeakers to broadcast a conservative talk show over the president’s speech. He was critical of the way the tickets to the town hall were distributed. Could it be that the Democrats had learned the technique from President George W. Bush who conducted many of his appearances away from the White House at military facilities or at his ranch?

One of my favorite political commentators is Will Rogers. Will died in 1935 but his insights still hold true. Following the Bible and Shakespeare, not many have been quoted more. Here is a question from Will for Bob and the rest of us, “Now which is the narrowest: religious intolerance or political intolerance?”

Maybe it’s time to put down the bullhorns and loudspeakers and carry on a civil discourse with our elected officials. We might even listen to each other.

After all, Will did say, “I never met a man I didn’t like.”

James Mee

Libby