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Letters to the editor, December 7

Make peace with reality

It appears the Ramirez political cartoon on the editorial page [DRC, Dec. 1], distorting Lincoln’s comments about fooling the people, is reflective of the extremist mindset in this country that has distorted much American history along with their narrow rendering of the Constitution.

Lincoln never said or ruminated over the thought that “you can fool most of the people all of the time” as Ramirez’s Lincoln contends.

The exact quote is “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time.”

If Ramirez’s version of Lincoln’s quote has any place in history, though, the most recent evidence of this was when George Bush won a plurality in 2004, after he had already converted a debt surplus into a deficit, engaged in two unnecessary wars costing needless deaths and loss of national treasure, and did little to prevent the demise of our economy with weak and even nonexistent regulatory oversight for his pals in the financial markets.

It’s time the losers in this election move on out of denial and accept the fact that 19th century laissez-faire and imperialistic values no longer dominate the American mainstream. They need to make peace with the reality that governments in and of themselves are not evil and inherently benefit us all when the common interests, not the wealthy special interests, represent the true will of the people.

Larry Beck,