Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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In Allan Burns' letter to the editor ("Cal Thomas missed an opportunity to call for unity," Nov. 7, 8A), I detect a bit of gloating in the first two paragraphs when bringing up Thomas' words regarding Barack Obama.
I personally think it's hilarious that Burns chooses words like "defame," that Thomas was attempting to "make us fearful, divide the nation and win the election" for John McCain. It would seem to me that either Burns is being a clever spin artist or he deliberately stuck his head in the sand and ignored Obama's far-left, divisive record, which was made plain to those with open minds during the election.
I also take issue with phrases like "the majority of Americans chose unity over division." Fifty-seven million Americans voted for McCain, as opposed to 60-something million Americans for Obama, who was at least as divisive as McCain during the campaign.
I hardly call a vote count like that unity, but I do feel now is the time to unify as a nation. I do appreciate Burns' conciliatory tone in his last two paragraphs, but I challenge him to remember how he felt the day after President Bush was re-elected in 2004.
I would be willing to bet that he paid more attention to the Democrats' strategies moving forward from that election, as Thomas did. If people like Burns can honestly self-reflect like this, we would be well on our way toward the unity we all desire to achieve.
- Ben Forlaw