Column's Focus Was Not in Context
I hate to see Robert Levy fall into the Fox News syndrome by basing his July 22 column (“Obama’s War on Our Liberty”) on an out-of-context remark by President Obama.
He knows full well that the comment made by President Obama was in the context of making the point that all businesses depend on government for services. And all taxpayers fund those government services as business uses.
To make his point he uses his parents’ business, the old Southern Pines Fabrics. I knew both his parents well, and agree they were hard-working people who built their business on hard work. But they depended on roads to get the fabric to their shop, police and fire to protect their business, and a military to protect the country that allowed them freedom to own their own business. These are taxpayer-funded.
I don’t know where Levy went to school, but primary education is also taxpayer-funded. So when you put Obama’s statement back into context, how can anyone disagree that we all depend on others to be successful if we own a business?
I can do the same thing Levy has done with Obama’s remarks with a statement from this very column he has written. I quote (out of context), “Actually, it is not about health care. Neither is it about jobs.”
So the chairman of the Republican Party in Moore County has just admitted that his party really doesn’t care about health care and jobs.
I think the public is tired of both parties taking statements from the candidates out of context to support an opinion, and/or make the other party’s candidate appear to be someone they aren’t. The public is not stupid, and we will show that at the polls in November.
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