There are many people I respect on here, so it seems very odd to me when they go so off base with critiques on their own writings.
"Note also that the problem with the website has been created by a Canadian IT firm that was originally hired by the Bush administration"
Fred, are you grabbing hold of the scapegoat Snowball again? One cannot blame Bush for the glitches in the system.
Obama's people chose to use this IT group. Therefor, the blame rests on them and not a Administration that hasn't been in power for over five years.
"The very FACT that the President was re-elected by a sizable margin suggests that public opposition to what you call "Obamacare" is overblown."
I think it is you who are confused over what got Obama elected. You claimed that America's approval of Obamacare is what got Obama elected. You were dead wrong.
From the start I said that the reasons for Obama getting elected had little to do with Obamacare. There were so many other issues that meant so much more.
"The fact that you persist in quibbling about terms like "nigh".."
Odd, you did not think it was quibbling when you have the desire to point out when you think you are misquoted. I think you are being a bit of a hypocrite here Fred.
@Tiredofit- Well, I don't think of him as a socialist. Left leaning...yeah but not a socialist.
And besides, it seems to give him purpose. Look at all he has written.
Kendall, I think you give the sneering socialist too much thought and too much of your time,
Fred, you wrote two letters in a month and offer no facts whatsoever. I am sorry that you cannot accept that reality.
If you want to have a nigh fanatical dislike for the Right...ok, whatever floats your boat. But if you are wrong, expect to be called out on it. If you cannot defend your position, perhaps you need to sit back and rethink your world a little.
And also, please try to refrain from such obvious ad hominems as you have the past week.
2. You state, "Kendall's silly complaint about my use of George Orwell's "Animal Farm" suggests he believes Orwell's works somehow "belong" only to far right tea party extremists."
Where did I ever say or imply that? I took your use of Animal Farm and simply applied it to the President. Never did I say or implied that no one else could. Though by your actions it would seem you don't want anyone else to use it.
"When confronted with facts.."
What facts? 1. You state, "If (as the ideologues claim) "a majority of Americans hate Obamacare," why isn't Mitt Romney president?"
But you have offered no facts to support this position. Show me a poll that puts Obamacare up at the top of why people didn't vote for Romney. I couldn't find one and I doubt you ever looked.
"so why waste your time (and mine) with silly quibbling and semantic games?"
Because when you are wrong...you are wrong Fred. It's only a "game" when you feel slighted.
You still offer NOTHING that should change my perspective on the President in this case or that the last election was a confirmation of America's approval of Obamacare.
"but YOU chose to twist my comments to call the President a "pig" in the personal sense"
And you would be incorrect in that.
"If you have read Orwell's "Animal Farm", you would know that the "pigs" in that story are the ones who take existing rules ("all animals are created equal") and twist them to give themselves an advantage over the other animals."
Sounds like Obama to me. Though as I said over at the Marietta Times...it sounds like all of them. Please try to pay attention Fred.
"(he IS the President, Kendall, so you might as well accept the fact)"
Fred, I have this odd feeling you think I am someone else. I have never denied he is President. And if in fact you have read anything of mine as you claim, you will see that I have defended the man before.
"Again, I did not claim that the President (he IS the President, Kendall, so you might as well accept the fact) is "infallible". You said that I did & therefore misrepresented my words.."
You continue to misquote me. Let me educate you..what I said was, "Since when did a person winning a presidential election translate to being nigh infallible?"
Notice the "nigh". Again..do you know what that means?
Normally I do not have a big problem with Fred's letters. I was mostly shocked by Fred's odd interpretation of what the last election meant.
Again, there are more facts that support that issues like immigration, gender issues and other social issues were the main sticking point for why people voted for Obama instead of Romney.
I do not know why Fred is so upset about me using Animal Farm and applying it to Obama. I think I did a good job with it. Only someone that is ignorant in the story of Animal Farm would have thought I was calling Obama a literal pig and not a figurative one based on the book.
I am sorry Fred, you have been way off base in this whole situation. I would seriously take some time and reflect on the real reasons you did not liked to be critiqued.
"and only contributes to the current toxic polarization that threatens the future of the nation we all live in."
Oh my gosh Fred..do you even think before you write? The vast majority of your writings (letters or on the boards) squarely put the blame upon the Right and especially the Tea Party. I only offered a counter to even it up.
Let's face facts...in no way did you counter a single thing I wrote. You just said it was wrong without offering ANY facts. When I wrote my letter, I explained myself quite clearly. In fact, if you had paid more attention to the boards on here, I even offered you more clarification. But it seemed you were more focused on calling me out.
"calling the president a "pig" is akin to the silliness exhibited at last week's "hate Obama""
Swing and a miss Fred. I really question if you were so upset by my letter that you had a moment of being reading impaired or that you are getting forgetful. Let me put up a quote,
"In imitation of Orwell's villains, the ideologues in the House of Representatives..."
Who are the villains in the story Fred? Wasn't it pigs? Were you not calling them pigs Fred?
How was that right Fred but when I did it...it was wrong?
"but Orwell's works are universal and open to interpretation"
Unless it seems if you do not approve of it Fred. I merely took Animal Farm and applied it toward Obama and you flipped out. I'm sorry but that's what you did.
"While I commend Kendall for attaching his own name to his erroneous opinions,"
Nothing erroneous about my opinions. Nor have you shown them to be.
"I said the fact Mr. Obama was re-elected indicates (in spite of the claims of right wing pundits) that many Americans do support the Affordable Care Act."
As I said, no evidence that supports that notion up. There are polls however that shown that people did not like Romney's stances on same-sex marriage and immigration though.
"Kendall's silly complaint.."
Nice ad hominem Fred. Nothing silly by not agreeing with you.
"he believes Orwell's works somehow "belong" only to far right tea party extremists."
HAHA, where did you get that notion? Where Fred? Did I once tell you or anyone "left" they couldn't use it?
An Oct.13 letter from James Kendall ("Wrong people being vilified") erroneously claimed (in my Oct. 3 letter) I suggested President Obama is "infallible." I said no such thing!"
In straight out words...no. But you strongly implied that because Obama got elected...it meant the people must approve Obamacare. Otherwise Romney would be President. I disagreed with that, still do and have yet been shown by you why that position should be changed. Also, I never said you called him infallible. You purposely misquote me Fred. I believe there is a word before infallible that your ego wouldn't allow to be seen. It was "nigh". Do you know what nigh means?
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