I received an invitation with, of course, a request for money from Salve Regina University (SRU) to a "Thomas Mann" lecture, with a blurb on its intended content. The following is my reply. Needless to say I never received a reply.
Hello: Thank you for your invitation that I received to the Salve Regina Thomas Mann lecture by various means. And yes of course, I have invited a number of BCC friends. I know you are just doing your job, but you are doing a great disservice to your country by propagating totally untrue allegations. If you didn't actually write the invitation then blow this off, but pass it on to whoever did actually write the article. It a total and abject LIE. I don't wish to hurt you, but I do intend to instruct you, and all your supervisors as well, especially the lecturers, although I won't give them any money for the privilege of doing so. You are all deadly (as in the consequences of human life), deadly wrong. ===== So I am exercising my First Amendment rights to address these publicly aired falsehoods: Please reinform yourself, and please contact me if you would like any further assistance in doing so.
Acrimony and hyperpartisanship have seeped into every part of the political process.
Acrimony and hyperpartisianship have always been there. That is because people of PRINCIPLE think things through, come to conclusions, and then go forth to defend them with their lives. Remember the duel between Hamilton and Burr? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burr%E2%80%93Hamilton_duel At least folks are not out there shooting each other, yet. Although some are thinking about it.
endangering our very system of constitutional democracy.
This is a total, abject, ridiculous, and utter fallacy. Speak to your professors. There is no such thing as a "constitutional democracy". Our Constitutional form of government is a representative Republic. The word democracy does not occur, not even once, in the entire Constitutional document nor its amendments. You can do a word search on http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution_transcript.html to prove this point. Nor does it occur, not even once, in the Declaration of Independence: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
the Republicans have become ideologically extreme, scornful of compromise,
Wrong again. The Republicans are upholding the fundamental realities of the Constitution rather than engaging in wishful thinking. They are upholding the mathematical facts of our budget, that we cannot afford the debt and it can never be paid off without extreme measures. This can be shown with numbers to anyone smart enough to understand numbers. Once again: IGNORANCE. These are not opinions. They are mathematical facts.
the established social and economic policy regime.
"Established?" what means "established?" Unlawful? Certainly not "established" by the Constitution and therefore (if indeed "established" at all) UNLAWFUL. Certainly not in any other way, other than perhaps through political correctness, Nothing is ever "established" except when passed into writing, and then is subject to change. 31% of the populace "established" the outcome of this vote. Hardly "established". And the Constitution certainly has not "established" taking half a person's pay and giving it to other people who won't budge an inch to work for it.
So you are just plain wrong.
I call it brave and principled.with the Republican Party implacably refusing to allow anything that might help the Democrats
These are crucial times. People are waltzing around with their heads in the air (or the sand) completely ignoring the facts of reality and kicking the can down the street for the next generation.
I and anyone else with any personal integrity is taking on board the FACT that we are responsible for the moment. At this moment we cannot afford this waste.
Therefore I address you. Whether ignorantly or evilly, you are propagating falsehoods. LIES.
If you have similar integrity you will take these thoughts on board, examine them judiciously, and probably amend you ways. I'll be glad to help clarify.
Your statements are classic liberal wishful thinking. When presented with irrefutable fact they don't argue the points but then engage in ad hominems: name calling. (This yet again another *fact* as evidenced by your announcement.)
I hope on reflection you will absent yourself from that syndrome.
I wish you well in your endeavors, but you are clearly ignorant of (as in either not having learned or else deliberately ignoring) mathematical, historical, and Constitutional fact.
You need to do better. Talk to an ethicist, and a Constitutional law professor and a financial adviser. Or get another job. Or fire your boss.
Kind regards, Andy