Robert Levy’s column “Is Our Compassion Prejudiced?” (Jan. 6) reached a new low, even for him. It is this kind of cheap exploitation of the human condition that has caused me to no longer want to be a Republican.
For him to politicize tragedies perpetrated on defenseless children is unthinkable. Then to throw racism into the same “stew” and headline the whole mess with the word “compassion”? He offers no commentary on the conditions causing our country’s crime, murder rampages, nor ideas to change, only a thinly veiled political vendetta.
Mr. Levy, don’t you get it yet? If you want success for your (and I hope, some day, my) Republican Party, you need to help to redefine, then rebuild it. And it might be a good idea to include “compassion” in that effort.
When you use terms like “Obama’s Chicago,” “racism exists,” “our post-racial president,” “Democrats must understand,” etc., you show what’s important to you even in the face of a horrendous national problem needing all of our best efforts to resolve.
There were good things in your column, Mr. Levy. It is a pity that you didn’t edit out the political snide and permit yourself to be satisfied with the good. That might have been a good start to rebuilding your party. Or maybe that was not your intention?
I am old enough to remember the hate-filled Nazi propaganda which introduced one of history’s most shameful periods.
Your column, while I know meant no such harm, did remind me of that time.
You see, we are products of our history, too easily reminded of its worst. Keep that in mind as you write.
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