Vision for America

Dear Editor:

With loss of the Senate, the Democratic Party’s objective to transform America has suffered a setback. The Senators that lost their elections are the same Senators elected in 2008 that gave Harry Reid and Barack Obama the power to pass unprecedented progressive legislation.


The Democratic Party has been co-opted by the progressive movement. Progressives believe that big government can and should manage society. At the expense of individual freedom, they are busy regulating nearly every aspect of our lives. Since the Constitution was designed to limit the power of government, they believe the Constitution is obsolete.

Government intrusion into the economy stifles economic growth and individual initiative. Welfare creates dependency. Efforts directed at income equality will lead to massive government control, poverty, and a loss of individual freedom. Statements by Obama and Hillary Clinton such as “you didn’t build that” and “businesses don’t create jobs” accurately depict the party’s ideology. After six years of central planning and over $7 trillion of debt, wages have fallen below pre-recession level and the labor participation rate is the lowest in 36 years.

Progressives believe that American power has been bad for the world. Obama’s pacification strategy emboldens our adversaries, creates chaos and puts our own security at risk. Promising to destroy the terrorists without American combat troops is a half-measure that will fail. It’s clear that his promise to “fundamentally transform America” is putting the nation at risk.

What can be concluded from the last six years? In a few words — big government is incompetent and dangerous. Do Republicans have the vision and leadership to turn the nation around? I have doubts, but at least Congress can conduct the nation’s business. Over the last four years, Harry Reid virtually shut the Senate down so Democrats could hide from their party’s radical agenda.

We were once the freest, richest and most dynamic people on the planet. We can be that again, but it will require both Republicans and Democrats returning to the wisdom of the Founders and the vision they had for America.

Bill Bissette

Charleston, S.C. 

Respect for Lee

Dear Editor:

When I was growing up there were always religious and historical figures that we referred to with great reverence and respect. One of those hallowed figures was “Robert E. Lee,” America’s Greatest Son! My father would have it no other way. Since this time, I have always referred to the general with the upmost respect and admiration. I must admit that I was taken back to see him referred to as “Bobby Lee” in Rob Salvo’s column in your January edition.

I must tell you that as a native Charlestonian I am greatly offended to see such a great man who walked among us years ago referred to as “Bobby.” I can assure you that when Paul Greenberg writes his great annual piece on Robert E. Lee on his birthday, January 19th, he will not be called “Bobby!” In the future I ask that you refer to him as Robert E. Lee and show him the respect that he has earned. Thank you.


Henry I. Siegling

Mt. Pleasant, S.C.


From Robert Salvo:

            Thank you for your thoughts concerning my “Treasures from the vault” column in January’s Mercury. In using the name “Bobby Lee” for Robert E. Lee, I was attempting to use a term of familiarity, not uncommon in Lee’s era by his own soldiers and countrymen, to lead readers to view the man in a more familial — though not less respectful — light. As Charles Francis Adams stated in the speech from the article in question, Robert E. Lee was the living embodiment of the spirit of the South, not merely because of the position given to him by the Confederate government but by a personal example, steadfast fortitude and a moral leadership unparalleled by any other figure in his own day — and by few others in any era.

            In trying to convey that human dignity that once inspired so much respect, even among his foes in blue, perhaps I strayed too close to impudence. Please accept my apologies if my omission of the literal “wholeness” held in his name was offensive. No offense to the reader, or to General Lee, was intended. Thank you for letting us know how much you respect our Southern heritage; we seek to do likewise.


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