Readers weigh in on Libertarians, Iraq and tax increases

08/12/2014 5:37 PM

08/13/2014 2:51 PM

Blame Bush for Iraq

The latest scoop in the blame game for the current crisis in Iraq is to blame the troop withdrawal and U.S. military departure from Iraq.

Of course, this is another in a long list of attempts to saddle President Barack Obama with the burden of blame for everything gone wrong anywhere in the world.

This time, the critics finally got it right. Because the entire program, negotiations, plans and implementation of troop withdrawals was agreed upon and signed in 2008, even Republicans are now blaming George W. Bush for the whole thing.

It’s about time.

Reggie Marselus

Lenexa

No on tax increases

I voted against every tax increase on the ballot last week. Because Kansas City gives away millions of dollars to corporations, the city has plenty of money.

It doesn’t need any more of my money.

Randy Maddox

Kansas City

Libertarian Party

Like many young people, I was seduced by the Libertarian movement’s promises of social freedom and fiscal responsibility.

However, scratching the surface of its Astroturfed populist message reveals a seedy underbelly of economic elitism, ideological fundamentalism and an intellectual foundation born out of the John Birch Society and neo-Confederate apologism.

I implore the people of my generation to look past the buzzwords of “freedom” and “liberty” and question an economic doctrine that explicitly rejects science and empiricism in favor of unquestionable faith in the free market.

As libertarians seek to eliminate all regulation, can we trust corporations to be responsible stewards of our environment and human rights?

Can we trust a bizarre moral creed that seeks to give citizens the power of judge, jury and executioner?

Do we want to be the generation that repeals the Civil Rights Act?

The rise of a third party may bring a much-needed diversity of ideas to our national discourse, but we must interrogate and expose the foundation of those ideas.

Wesley Gross

Kansas City

Freedom Summer II

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, when students and clergy descended on Mississippi. Their purpose was to educate African-Americans and register them to vote.

Mississippi’s government segregationists and the Klu Klux Klan saw these actions as anathema to their long-held tradition of white supremacy. Many people were beaten, homes set on fire, crosses burned and indignities faced because the students and clergy held that the right to vote belonged to every citizen. Some were killed in the voting rights’ fight.

Today, the American Legislative Exchange Council and tea party have pushed restrictive voter-identification laws and limits to early voting. The Supreme Court gutted a critical portion of the Voting Rights Act, adding insult.

States in the Old South rushed to implement voter restrictions, knowing that these repressive laws overwhelmingly affect African-Americans and people of color.

No longer garbed in white sheets, the new dress for racism speaks of “welfare queens” and “entitlements,” promoting anger, fear and distrust.

It’s past time for this country to face our continuing myth of white supremacy and legacy of slavery. It’s time for another Freedom Summer to reinstate comprehensive voting rights for all.

Rosemarie Woods

Kansas City

Emperor Obama

President Barack Obama’s failures to influence events in Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iran and Iraq are damaging his public approval numbers. His lead-from-behind strategy is proving to be a lack of leadership ability.

Unless President Obama learns from his mistakes, he is doomed to repeat them. If he continues with his withdrawal strategy in Afghanistan, the result will look a lot like Iraq.

The current crisis in Iraq highlights the failure of his policies. President Obama’s supporters are reaching back more than 10 years to try and place blame on President George W. Bush. The only thing that keeps it from being laughable is that his supporters are serious.

President Obama often removes military options, which emboldens our enemies. Bullies prey on weaklings. They tend to leave strong people alone.

President Obama fails to learn lessons. He stubbornly holds onto the belief that he is always right.

The emperor really isn’t wearing any clothes.

William Gray

Overland Park

KC Chiefs name

Hampton Stevens in his Aug. 9 column, “Lead the way, Chiefs — change your name,” gives a weak assessment.

He states that he is offended by fans dressing in Indian attire, the chop and the Arrowhead logo. As such he demonstrates his progressive political leanings — just another babbling, guilty, elitist offended about a subject of which he has little knowledge. Maybe he needs to consult the Indians, the people who just might be the offended.

If Mr. Stevens would pick up the August 2014 edition of Kansas City Sports & Fitness, he would discover several mentions, including the full back-page advertisement that lists among proud sponsors of the Chiefs Report the American Indian Center of the Great Plains.

In addition, if the Indians are truly offended by uses of Indian monikers, they need to protest the Pentagon’s use of killing machines such as the Apache helicopter gunship or Tomahawk cruise missile. Do these names further the image that all Indians are violent?

I believe it hilarious he suggests the name of Red Dogs. I am surprised he did not suggest Red Stars.

Ron McCabe

Kansas City

No trolley on trail

As a frequent user of the trolley trail, I am appalled to hear of any plan to put an actual trolley along that route. Not only would that take away a heavily used biking/running/walking trail, but it also is completely pointless.

The only use for any trolley would be as a tourist attraction. That route south of the Plaza is not a tourist-friendly area.

I support the idea of having a trolley running from downtown to the Plaza because those are tourist locations. However, going past the Plaza would be pointless.

I disagree with the argument that people would use the trolley as transportation. There is a bus route literally feet from the trolley trail, so there is no point in adding a mode of transportation so nearby.

Kansas City cannot afford to spend millions of dollars on something so unnecessary.

Molly Laird

Kansas City

No-go ballot issues

In response to a request for a streetcar plan, we do not want one. Why should eastern Jackson County continue to pay for downtown?

Kansas City has a poor infrastructure, but that is not what the mayor and the City Council want to fix. No. They want to build a terminal at Kansas City International Airport that the public does not want.

I have never seen such a mess. I’m embarrassed to tell people I’m from this area.

I voted no on the amendment to repair roads and bridges because that was not what it was about. State officials tried to fool us, and it did not work.

Jerry D. Lee

Grain Valley

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