‘Central View’ is all about divisive, right-wing politics
May 7, 2008
To the Editor:
I am just astounded that the Sky Hi Daily News allowed William Hamilton to publish his “Guilt by Association” opinion on Sen. Barack Obama as a column. And, I am especially concerned that Mr. Hamilton’s opinion is labeled as a “Central View” when everything he writes is from his allegiance to the far right.
Mr. Hamilton uses one paragraph to mention the KKK and the White Citizens Councils’ reigns of terror in order to justify his “centralist” aspect while the entire rest of his article (another 13 paragraphs) rants upon “leftist terrorists” and actually associates them with the Democratic Party. His was anything BUT a “Central View”.
It especially disturbs me because Sen. Obama is campaigning in an obviously different way. His campaign is based on the notion that ALL Americans want the same basic things. We want to get fair wages for a day of hard work without discrimination; we want our families to be cared for when they are sick or injured or elderly; we want our children to have a good education; we want to feel safe going about our daily business of living; we want our country to be representative of ALL its citizens and not just the privileged; we want to be able to worship freely (or not).
These are basic desires of ALL Americans and they cross all party lines. They are NOT exclusive to Democrats or Republicans, Libertarians or Independents. Sen. Obama recognizes that the only way to change our method of doing business is to recognize the goodness in Americans and to STOP trying to divide the country along party lines.
Instead, we should begin working together toward our common desires as individuals and as a country. Does anyone NOT want peace in our world? Does anyone NOT want a healthy planet? Sure there are differences in how we perceive or believe in the methods to achieve these things, but Sen. Obama believes that we can come together as Americans (not political party members) who are willing to listen to one another, to compromise and work together to actually get things done.
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This is Sen. Obama’s campaign. He wants to stop the ugliness of dividing our country, he wants to come together and accomplish good things for all of us. He has the “Audacity of Hope” for a new and better America that isn’t divided by party affiliation.
I respectfully request that Mr. Hamilton not be allowed to continue representing himself as a “Central View” in your newspaper. He is so obviously following the “Karl Rove-ish” dogma that continues to divide our country into “right versus left,” “Republican versus Democrat,” “red versus blue.” Let’s move on to those people who can editorialize and opine about ways to make things better for our country without the slander, the innuendos and the “guilt by association.”