Letter: Radical does not describe Obama

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In throwing what little support Newt Gingrich still has towards Mitt Romney, he said that President Obama is the “most radical, leftist president in American history.” Gingrich should go back to his history books.

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were a tad more radical, having overthrown the occupying power. Abraham Lincoln upended an entire economy in the South, Teddy Roosevelt is famous for taking on big corporations, as was Franklin Roosevelt.

And consider FDR’s words: “They [corporate interests and bankers] had begun to consider the Government of the United States as a mere appendage to their own affairs. We know now that Government by organized money is just as dangerous as Government by organized mob.

“Never before in all our history have these forces been so united against one candidate as they stand today. They are unanimous in their hate for me -- and I welcome their hatred.”

President Nixon signed the Clean Air Act and President Johnson the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts.

So just how radical is Obama? He rescued big banks and big auto from their own screw-ups. Big pharmaceutical and health insurance companies still reap huge profits. Obama seems pretty darn tame if you ask me.

Let’s all take a deep breath and back off the inflammatory rhetoric.

Philip B. Scott

Vancouver