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Mail Feb. 6-Feb. 12, 2008

Think of the Children

Cheers to all the thousands of Obama supporters who showed up Saturday.

Jeers to the sick, twisted, misguided, pathetic pro-life losers that stood outside the entrance with not one but two horrible, graphic, disturbing posters for my 8- and 10-year-old children to see. Not only did they display their horrid images, they screamed words like "murder" and "killing" while we loudly sang, "If you're happy and you know it " to drown out their rants and covered our children's innocent eyes.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but don't these fools get that they are just making enemies and being as horrible as the process that they are trying to protest. I myself am pro-life but do not condone such abhorrent, aggressive and just plain evil behavior.

—Tracy Dineen, Boise

Change Parties

In 1992, an independent candidate clearly demonstrated that a message of change could take on the dominant two party system in the United States. Ross Perot's message of seeking solutions outside of Washington and ending government gridlock catapulted him into a three-way tie for president five months before the election.

Obama's campaign has made change the centerpiece of his message. Change has become so popular that other presidential hopefuls have keenly morphed into "change candidates." However, we need real change. It's the dominance of the two-party system that has continually had disappointing returns.

Imagine an elected official beholden to you the voter rather than party politics? By going independent, Obama can continue to rise above "politics as usual."

New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg left the Republican Party and is now independent. By going independent, Joe Lieberman defended his Senate seat even after losing in the Democratic primary.

Barack, please leave the Democratic Party and become an independent candidate for president of the United States. Do it for all Americans. Barack, be the change. Lead and inspire by example.

—Tony Hodges, Boise

Who's Afraid of Ted?

Rall published his article on John Edwards just before Edwards decided to withdraw his name from the contest (BW, Rall, "Who's Afraid of John Edwards?" Jan. 30, 2008). I agree that Edwards has been sidelined by the media largely, I think, because he has aroused the fears of corporate America that he might actually follow through with his intentions to rein in the power of the big congomerates.

But, I believe that he is suffering from a fatal flaw in today's America. He faces the double disaster of being cursed because he is a white male. We are still struggling to put our bigotries in the past. Blacks got the right to vote through the 15th Amendment to our Constitution. (We had forgotten that they were people for so long in our history.) Women got the right to vote through the 19th Amendment in 1920. (Oh, yes, we guess women are human beings, too.) We are still struggling to put the disadvantages of being black and being female aside.

By giving women and blacks special treatment, we have come to believe that we will atone for centuries of unfairness. But it is likely that both gender and color are irrelevant to the ability of the person to serve effectively in office. When we have come to a place in our country where people are not chosen for irrelevant factors, we will have finally overcome some of the unfortunate bias of our past.

—Tom Edgar, Boise

Make Me Laugh

To Bill Cope: You're right, libertarian ideas are getting a lot of attention (BW, Cope, "Libertarians" Jan. 23, 2008). Many Americans realize they want real change. "More of the same" hasn't worked out that well for the past 50 years. You saw most of the trees, but you missed the forest.

Private property and your individual sovereignty are the only reasons you have any rights at all. Like your First Amendment right. Such rights are inherent to individuals and can be protected by government. Government can only grant revocable privileges.

The founding libertarians were sovereign individuals with inalienable rights who banded together to describe and create a government with very limited duties.

The corporate scandals you noted can all be traced to too much regulation rather than too little as you imply. Government controls don't work when they're interfering in private transactions. Your assertion that elected leaders are less corrupt than market forces is laughable.

Thanks for helping to spread the word about our loony libertarian ideas. With a little more research you'll find we are the only party of true inclusion.

Here's the bottom line: Libertarians promote a culture of individual responsibility; all other political groups promote a culture of dependence on government. People are waking up, and they do want the real change that only libertarians offer.

And I know libertarians, and Butch is no libertarian.

—Rob Oates, Chair, Libertarian Party of Idaho