Letter to the Editor

Responding to a previous letter

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Last week in a Letter to the Editor, the author tried to make the case that for the last 40 years our country has been running amok. The writer listed the sins of the federal government as: "successive deregulations, massive tax cuts, unattended infrastructure, environmental deregulation, multiple war zones, unraveling of unions, assault of women's rights, gerrymandering voting rights, overbearing lobbyist influence, disregard for science, public education downfall, unsustainable wealth gap, rapid middle-class erosion, and recent 'government deconstruction' efforts." It is a wonder the country functioned at all considering all of these ills. Upon further reflection it looks like a complaint list from the type of person who would like to overthrow our capitalistic form of government.

There is no question the COVID-19 virus has brought many new problems not seen since the 1918 "Spanish flu" pandemic. Eight years of the Obama administration did not prepare us for this pandemic, so neither did three years of the Trump administration. President Trump should be given credit for a Jan. 31 blocking of all inbound flights from China. The Democrats could not be expected to do anything about the beginnings of COVID-19 during the January-February timeframe since they were preoccupied with a baseless impeachment exercise.

Prior to the arrival of COVID-19 the country was having unprecedented economic success that included more Americans employed than any time in our history. The only thing that changed was the hysteria that COVID-19 was going to cause 200 million Americans to die. That wild exaggeration lead to an unprecedented shut-down of our economy. We are now in the "battle of the governors." Republican governors want to open their economy in a safe way so their citizens can start receiving an income. Democratic governors would like to see the shutdown extended as long as possible, because they think a longer shutdown hurts President Trump’s opportunities for reelection. We can only hide from the virus so long. We will eventually have to come out to develop the anti-bodies to protect us.

It is amazing that President Trump has any public favorability rating. The national news media (ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, PBS, AP, NYT, WP) — based in East Coast elite cities — is almost entirely staffed by liberal Democrats. This bias toward liberal thinking is hardly surprising since most colleges and journalism schools have few, if any, conservatives. If you don't believe the liberal bias, just watch a few minutes of national TV news or read more than a few pages of a regional newspaper. It is long past the time for the national news media to admit they are no longer unbiased reporters, but their political thinking and reporting is aligned with the liberal wing of the Democratic Party.

There is no doubt the November election will be important for this country. The choice for our future includes: should we have an uncontrolled border, cost free healthcare — including illegals, elimination of fossil fuels (cars and home heating), wide spread drug use and releasing of dangerous felons from prison.

While our capitalistic system has made plenty of errors the answer is not Socialism. I believe Margaret Thatcher said it best "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money."

Phil Petersen

Okoboji