Published: Aug 18, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Aug 19, 2012 12:05 AM
Former Chancellor Paul Hardins guest column, Where is the outage? (CHN, Aug. 8) is an angry outburst. Surprisingly, The Chapel Hill News even went to the trouble of obtaining permission to reprint it.
Forbid I would submit such a commentary, but from a different socio/political viewpoint. The News would not even entertain responding to me. Why do I say it? It is my experience: my submissions not having even near such a load of anger and personal accusation would never get a hearing. Well, well, well, this is Chapel Hill.
However, let us go to the merits of Mr. Hardins writings.
First, we see accusations of racism, which is now the cheapest, worn-out method to attack an opponent shame on such a prominent person as Mr. Hardin. The truth is many folks across the nation, black and white, considered the presidents being black a positive factor. They truly wanted to give him a chance, even disregarding the controversies swirling around his background. Invoking former President Jimmy Carter should actually show that attacking a presidents policies is not an attack on the office. The nation wants an effective president. Was the orchestrated campaign against Carters disastrous policies prompted by racism, or was it an attack on the Office of the President? Mister Hardin!
I will omit the larger section of the narrative concerning the press reporting and unsophisticated conservative voters voting against their own interest, especially the small-business owners, the engine of our economic progress who did not build their businesses. Everyone knows what the media is doing. Watch, what is going to happen to this commentary by the local press (I have sent it to Mr. Hardin, ha!).
Yes, let us hear more about the huge superb government programs going to the Chinese companies; see Sept 26, 2011 ABC U.S. bridges, roads build by the Chinese firms, Diane Sawyer reporting, which is a very rare thing; how did it slip out? We find in Mr. Hardins writing a nicely revealing sentence, "Balance in journalism does not consist merely in devoting the same number of column inches to the outpouring of the two parties. The quality of the outpouring merits editorial attention."
Here we have it censorship, Mr. Hardin; it is already practiced viciously. Do you want more?
So let us move on to government in control. Do we want to repeat inhumane, horrible, failed experiments in history, do we want to put a blind eye to what has/is happening to socialist Europe where benevolent Government takes care of everyone (?) from cradle to grave. Can we not learn from, of all places, the animal world, in which mothers bring up their young and then reject pleas for more food donations. A cow will not allow a calf to suck milk beyond a certain age. Nevertheless, we need to change nature; especially human nature according to university brainstormed plagiarized models. Anyone having a rudimentary knowledge of history knows from where it is lifted.
Never mind the lessons of the past.
Insanity is doing the same thing, over and over again, but expecting different results Albert Einstein
Sven Sonnenberg lives in Chapel Hill.