Civility or else?

2 May 2010
Letters to the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 15th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20071
President Obama’s speech at the commencement exercise at the University of Michigan, as reported in “Obama defends priorities, makes plea for civility” (May 2), was a subtle but nonetheless obvious warning to Americans, especially to those who oppose his agenda, his policies, his administration, and the personnel in it: Shut up, or I’ll suspend not only the First Amendment, but the upcoming midterm elections because I don‘t like the “tone.” Don’t shout your disagreement at me or anyone else; whisper, if you must, and we might acknowledge it, but frankly, we in power don’t want to hear it.
If he were responding to demonstrations by Flat Earthers or Area 51 cultists, he would have no cause to address the hostility directed towards him and Congress in the language he employed. What he is responding to, however, is the very real opposition to him and his policies, an opposition that is gaining ground and strength with each passing day. That has him and his congressional allies worried. His speech is the first substantive recognition of the fact that he is in deserved trouble. Up to now, he has ignored it.
Who created the “poisonous political climate”? Obama, for example, when he sanctioned the “snitch on fellow Americans who say bad things about me” campaign. Who engaged and still engages in “vilification” and “other the top rhetoric” concerning the Tea Parties? A Democratic Congress, in the persons of several members of it, and via its allies in the SEIU, the United Auto Workers, and MoveOn. And what is his definition of a “poisonous political climate”? One in which his opponents name the issues and make themselves heard. Obama is a socialist, and that is the kindest label one can attach to him.
Obama’s commencement speech is one of the scariest he has delivered yet. He has confessed that he is the American Hugo Chavez.  
Edward Cline
Williamsburg, VA

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