The Bush family "ties" to the Nazis are not news to me; I read about them almost 10 years ago in The Big Book of Conspiracies by Doug Moench (Fishwrapper, "The Nazis in Dubya's closet," Oct. 2).
I realized long ago what curves one could draw using carefully selected and out-of-context points. If you already believe that George W. Bush is a Nazi, then a "curve" drawn from his grandfathers' banking and political connections to him and his current policies makes perfect sense.
Sugg's piece reminded me of "black helicopters," Clinton's alleged cocaine-trafficking and the lunatic Vince Foster "murder" plots of which the right was so fond. Uh-huh. Next Sugg will be telling us about the NASA-Masonic conspiracy to suppress hemp production because the Ascended Masters think cannabis will ruin the alien selective-breeding program. ("Paging Jim Morrison -- white courtesy phone. Mr. Morrison, please pick up the white courtesy phone.")
Space does not permit an examination of the complex reasons why some in '30s America sympathized with Hitler, but it's an inconvenient fact that many did. They were wrong. National socialism is so discredited that Nazis are little more than cartoon villains. Unfortunately, the West's love affair with the equally murderous ideas of revolutionary socialism continues unabated. ("The mote in thy neighbors eye," eh?)
If this is the best Sugg can do, Dubya doesn't have much to worry about in 2004.
-- Scott Mize, Adairsville
More power to them
I appreciated your article "The Nazis in Dubya's closet" (Fishwrapper, Oct. 2). I especially liked that you began by mentioning the media's disturbing reluctance to condemn Bush Jr. and his administration in the face of obvious ethical transgressions, including potentially fascist policies. The more the "free" press ignores these illicit relationships and transactions, the more power they give them.
-- M. Baroco, Atlanta
Bad to the last drop?
Good article (Fishwrapper, "The Nazis in Dubya's closet," Oct. 2). Wish you could get more mainstream coverage of your articles on this subject. When American polls say Bush is still believed by most Americans to have been right about his sickening wars for profit, it makes thinking people want to puke. When are the American sheeple going to wake up and smell the betrayal?
-- Pat Robichaud, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Fascists, fascists everywhere!
I agree with you (Fishwrapper, "The Nazis in Dubya's closet," Oct. 2). And the trouble is: They aren't just in the Republican Party. There are lots of fascists in the Communist, uh, sorry, the Democrat Party, too. For example, all of the presidents for the past 40 years have been quietly issuing executive orders that consolidate power in their hands.
In the event of a crisis designated by the president, they can now seize your car, gasoline, house, newspaper, food and so on. At his command, it's over. Don't know why they bothered with the perversely named PATRIOT Act (boy, somebody has a sick sense of humor). After all, they don't need it. Unless they were afraid that imposing a police state in one act would cause a rebellion.
-- Christine Ross, Virginia Beach, Va.
Getting our hands dirty
I'm writing concerning your article about off-roading at Rich Mountain (News & Views, "Damn the trees, full speed ahead," Oct. 2). I understand the concern of environmentalists about the effects of off-roading, but I think it's important to realize that it's not a black-and-white issue. While there are, like in everything else, those few that stereotype the rest, some of us have taken our hobby very seriously and want others to know that we do not blindly off-road without regard for the environment. Most clubs out there adhere to the "Tread Lightly" ideas and work to keep our trails open.
I have personally spent time volunteering to clean and maintain ORV trails in Georgia, along with hundreds of other people in the state, and hate to see all of our hard work go to waste. As far as I know, in the battle between the off-roaders and the environmentalists, I think you will find that the latter sits writing letters while the off-road community actually goes out and gets their hands dirty to make a difference. I don't see the point of saving the forests if no one is allowed to even enjoy them. You may think that vehicles are the only ones suffering. But just wait, and you will see that if this one side prevails, you won't even be allowed to walk in the forest anymore.
-- Anthony Senevey, Marietta
What you haven't read
Two things to remember if you're ever tempted to dispute the convoluted and twisted logic John Sugg is prone to weave through the rants Creative Loafing publishes regularly: 1) It never makes sense to get into a pissing match with a skunk; and 2) why waste perfectly good and valuable time trying to correct a piece of work even the paper itself labels a Fishwrapper?
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