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A typical Obama voter

Dear Editor:

Last week as I was running errands in Carbondale, I bumped into an acquaintance I hadn’t seen in quite a while who is a broadcast media professional, a member of the “intellectual elite,” a “thought leader” and “opinion maker” with a degree in journalism.

Being a constitutional fundamentalist, the conversation turned to the subject of rights. I said we only have 15 rights in this country: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness (originally property, and described as “life, liberty and happiness” by MLK III at the Democratic Convention), the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution, the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney.

The mention of property elicited a derisive retort about acquiring and owning more “stuff.” I asked, “Don’t you think you should be able to own a house?” Whoops! Deer-in-the-headlights time, but after a quick pull on the enviro-friendly, recycled Obama Kool-ade bottle my antagonist claimed, to my amazement and, I’m sure, to the horror of the ghosts of the signers, that the amendments to the Constitution weren’t part of the Constitution.

“Yes, they are. They became part of the Constitution through the ratification process.”

“No, they aren’t.”

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We moved on to “provide for the general welfare” from the Constitution’s preamble with the predictably incorrect response that it have included health care. Finally, I asked if we were all going to die from global warming, which, again produced the predictable affirmative response. Unfortunately, we never got to a discussion of “The Religion of Peace,” the economy, education, defense, immigration or political rectitude.

The point of this is a demonstration of the knowledge base and thought process of, by common definition, a smart and educated person who had little knowledge of our country’s history, had obviously not read the Declaration of Independence or the U.S. Constitution for comprehension and, in spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, still believed the widely discredited anthropogenic global warming myth. This is the typical voter who put Barack Obama in office and will keep him there, unless the citizens wake up and expend a fraction of the energy defending our country, by becoming informed, as did those who gave everything on battlefields here and abroad and take advantage of our right to vote to take our country back.

Apparently, when one dances with unicorns in the faraway land of HopenChange, facts don’t matter.

Neal Pollack

Carbondale