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Adventures in Idiocy: The Worst Letter to the Editor, Dec. 23, 2010

It’s been a little while since I did this, but that is only due to lack of time, not lack of material.  Today on page 7B of the Democrat-Gazette, we see this gem from Charles Vermont of Prescott.

Folk wisdom lacking

It seems that the sociologically reasoned members of Congress in the lame-duck, many of whom will soon be departed, decided to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Many of the same have no relatives serving in the military and they also share the belief that the military is overstretched and stressed in its current commitments. So why stress it again with another pile of political correctness?

With the deaths in Texas due to the failure to recognize an obvious Islamic extremist parading as a psychiatrist in recent memory, one would think the Congress would recognize the problems of sensitivities that create blindness.

They seem to lack folk wisdom. Kindness, tolerance and love aside, in the future the children will have a greater burden to carry due to the easiness with which cultural relativism has created rights without responsibilities.

Drawing a parallel between the shootings at Fort Hood and allowing gay soldiers to serve openly?  Suggesting that (a) “folk wisdom” (whatever the hell THAT is) would have prevented the repeal and (b) that the repeal will somehow make things harder on “the children” down the road?  Even suggesting that a policy that will, at a minimum, increase the pool of potential soldiers would “stress” the military in the same way that it is “overstretched and stressed” now?

If this were a comment in an online forum rather than a letter to the editor, someone would almost certainly reply with:

As it is, however, I suppose I’ll just go with the tried-and-true:

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