Letters to the editor for March 11, 2013

By Observer Upload March 11, 2013 11:10 am

 

Inspired by ‘True American Patriot’

To the Editor:

I was so inspired by the impassioned “True American Patriot” (March 1) that I went to my war chest and pulled out my old flag shirt from 1969 — still reeking of patchouli and free love — spun Jimi Hendrix’s anthem from Woodstock, lit a twist ‘em up, and saluted left-handed. I’m pretty sure right now the Republicans are digging up Charlie Heston to make his “cold dead hands” speech on Fox networks’ Hannity show (or is it the Bill O’Reilly show? Stay tuned.) So in the final metaphor a true patriot is a dog of war let loose upon the world? Really? 

Where is the passion for demanding a Congress to cooperate with the Executive branch? Where is the passion for demanding a modern infrastructure? And where is the passion for demanding to declare peace, not war? It amuses me when citizens pick and choose parts of the Constitution that benefit them, disregarding the rest. 

Interpreting the Constitution literally is like interpreting the Bible literally —pretty soon we’ll be roaming the earth in sack cloth and ashes. Personally, I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints. So let the U.S. Supreme Court interpret the constitutional amendments. I am 100 percent sure that no one will come to my house to collect or confiscate my firearms. In the meantime, keep your smoke wagon oiled, locked up and out of reach of kids, and remember, who’s your huckleberry? 

J.L. Nelson

La Grande