The GOP Convention
In a word, Clint Eastwood's "speech" was vulgar (The Rant, August 30th issue). It's surprising that such a successful actor would choose to stoop so low to embarrass himself. And who in the Mitt Romney campaign approved this reprehensible charade? Is Eastwood so empty of self-esteem that he craves the attention desperately enough to make a buffoon out of himself and the entire convention?
Most everyone in this country would agree that if the Republicans nominated someone stronger than the half-twit they did, this race would not even be close. Instead, the country had to listen to an attempt by Eastwood to do stand-up comedy at his own — and the Republicans' — expense.
I hope Randy Haspel tuned into the Democratic convention prime time on Tuesday evening. The loose woman who took her plea before Congress wanting the federal government to pay for her birth control was a speaker. Can he believe it? I cannot, especially in this age of joblessness, big government, and lots of despair.
Suzanne J. Raines
What's wrong with Ed Chapman's letter to the editor in the August 30th issue is what's wrong with America. His attack on the city council's decision to no longer use public funds to prop up abortion clinics was full of hot words, urban legends, and truth-isms.
First, he said that by not funding Planned Parenthood we thwarted a woman's right to "choose." It's not the woman's body that gets dismembered and thrown in the trash like unwanted garbage. It's the child's body, and the child has no choice in the matter whatsoever. Then he says that women becoming mothers at a young age is a leading cause of our problems, costing us millions of tax dollars and that this decision was only based on religion and was a "troubling trend."
The Founding Fathers not being religious is historical revision. You can read what they wrote to see that they were indeed religiously biased in the constructs of America. The separation of church and state was to protect religious freedom, not create a secular government. They all acknowledged that without high morals mankind would simply do whatever was popular at the moment.
To say that if a woman becomes a mother before whatever age Chapman deems acceptable will "ruin" said woman's life is beyond ridiculous. The federal government has made it legal to commit murder, as long as a mother does it while her child is still in her womb, so they haven't lost that "choice." But for people like him to demand that we tax-paying citizens should pay to keep these abortion clinics open is unconstitutional and socialist.
The Flyer Leans Left
I lean heavily toward the Quaker religion and consider myself a pacifist. Both of the presidential candidates are war hawks, regardless of their rhetoric. George Bush bombed Somalia, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Obama continued those bombings and added two more to the list — Libya and Yemen. I find it impossible to vote for the commander in chief of the most aggressive, bloodthirsty, imperialistic war machine the world has ever known.
However, this religious conviction does not strike me blind. The left-leaning bias of the press, including the Memphis Flyer, is troublesome. Vickie Earl's letter sets the tone for your August 30th edition. She condemns Romney for not releasing more tax returns. I am sure that Romney paid far less percentage on his taxes than the average working stiff. That makes me furious, but the question is: Was it legal? Of course it was. He, just like you and I, took advantage of every deduction and loophole that he could find.
If Romney could manage to get two neurons firing in his brain, he would counter the demand for the release of his tax returns with a challenge for Obama to release his college records, passport records, travel records, Selective Service records, medical records, his Social Security number(s), his relationship with Frank Marshall Davis, allegations that Khalid Al-Mansour, adviser to Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talah, helped fund his Harvard education, and a host of other things.
These issues, like the birther issue that you mock in your editorial cartoon, probably don't amount to anything, but we'll never know. The press has given Obama a free pass on everything. From your letters to the editor, to your Tom Tomorrow cartoon, to Randy Haspel's feeble attempt to sound sane, the Memphis Flyer is too often one huge "opinion" page with neither a jot nor a tittle dedicated to honest journalism.