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Letter to the editor: That 'larger American family' metaphor

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017 05:01 am
Rich Lowry says Barack Obama isn’t going away (News-Sentinel, Jan. 24). As president, he tried to make America a socialist state, with guaranteed income, health care and an all-purpose safety net, plus benefits like abortion on demand, free contraception and cell phones with monthly minutes. Obama is no longer our president, but he still casts his shadow on the seat of power. I’m talking especially about leftist bureaucrats still in office and the political progressives still roaming the Washington swamp.

When the boy wonder was in the White House, he wrapped himself tightly in Roosevelt’s robes: “President Roosevelt believed deeply in the American idea. He understood that the freedom to pursue our own individual dreams is made possible by the promise that, if fate causes us to stumble or fall, our larger American family will be there to lift us up.”

I resent political platitudes, and this one is a doozy. When I stumble or fall, I have to pick myself up. If I need some help, I turn first to my family and friends and then, if necessary, to some charitable organization or government agency. “Our larger American family” is a metaphor. I enjoy metaphors, but, I don’t rely on them especially when they’re manhandled by narcissistic, criminal, and/or communistic ideologues. 

John Ribar


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