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A letter in the Sept. 19 Maryland Independent set the record straight on the issue of slavery [“Slaves during War of 1812 did not have to be ‘taken’”]. But many Americans are uninformed about the history of civil rights.

Today’s mainstream media and the learning institutions in the United States, both successfully hijacked by liberal-leaning leftists, omit relevant facts. For instance, Democrats were the party of Jim Crow and tried to prevent legislation that proposed equality. In an article, “The Party of Civil Rights,” National Review correspondent Kevin D. Williamson states that while in Congress, Lyndon Baines Johnson “had consistently and repeatedly voted against legislation to protect black Americans from lynching.” Johnson and other Democrats tried “to cripple the Civil Rights Act of 1957.”

During the 1960s, Johnson and other Democrats switched position on race. The epiphany wasn’t a principled one. They simply realized they could widen their base by gaining political support from African-Americans. It was a power grab.

By contrast, Republicans, the party of President Abraham Lincoln, consistently took an enlightened and supportive legislative position from abolition to Reconstruction to the anti-lynching laws, from the 14th and 15th Amendments to the Civil Rights Act of 1875 to the Civil Rights Acts of 1957, 1960 and 1964.

Yet Democrats hold a Vise grip lock on African-American voters today. They hide their shameful political past regarding race, while lobbing baseless racial accusations toward targeted political opponents. The Democrats are baiting a whole race of people with propaganda for political gain.

And now, the tax-and-spend redistributionist party is luring like sheep women, the gay community and Hispanics to use them as pawns in the liberal Democratic machine. This type of pandering is insulting and doesn’t work with free thinkers who can see beyond their divide-and-conquer machinations.

The number of free thinkers who still exist in the United States will determine the upcoming presidential election. We have too much to lose, and there is too much at stake for Americans to pick the wrong person in November.

I ask those of you who intend to cast your vote for the current president: Do you think it’s in your best interest to re-elect a president who is so lackadaisical that he admits on the David Letterman show that he doesn’t know how much the national debt is and says whatever it is, it’s not a problem “in short term”?

It is inconceivable that President Obama and his cohorts are so obtuse that they do not understand that a national debt moving “forward” at the pace of a runaway train is destined to crash. As Thomas Jefferson stated, “There does not exist an engine so corrupt of the government and so demoralizing of the nation as public debt. It will bring on more ruin at home than all the enemies from abroad against whom the Army and Navy are to protect.”

I would also submit to Obama supporters:

źDoes it give you chills up your spine knowing the president, picked up by a hot mike, secretly whispered to Russian President Medvedev that he’ll have “more flexibility” when the American people re-elect him?

źDo you feel proud to be an American when the president travels the globe apologizing for us?

źDo you wonder if there’s a grown-up at the helm when the president goes AWOL from governing, constantly campaigning, hob-nobbing with celebrities, playing golf and yakking it up on silly talk shows?

źDo you trust the current president to protect you and your family from a terrorist attack when he neglected to provide security at our embassies on the anniversary of 9/11?

źDo you suspect the president’s empathy for “the folks” is disingenuous when in the immediate aftermath of the senseless and brutal murders of four upstanding Americans in Libya, he hops on yet another taxpayer-paid flight to fling more of his dubious rhetoric at another campaign event?

źIs it wise to choose a leader who consistently shirks responsibility and accountability by blaming his predecessor for his own failures and apologizing to violent radicals for offending them with some idiotic video no one knew existed?

źDoes a president who treats citizens like minions and dependent children, rather than fully functioning, responsible and capable adults, deserve your respect and admiration, much less your vote?

źDoes the president’s statement, “You didn’t build that” reveal his jealousy and disdain for business owners who take huge risks, work 16 to 20 hours a day and create jobs also show he has no inkling about what it takes to drive the economy?

źDoes the crumbling economy, unemployment rate, high gas prices and attacks against Americans in the Mideast remind you of the ineffectual years and dangers that came to pass, including hostages being held, during the Carter administration?

źAre you fine with the fact that government under the current administration will determine your health care decisions, rob you of your hard-earned money and try to extinguish liberties like freedom of speech and religion and the right to bear arms, all while weakening America’s position in the world?

źDo you look at Greece and foresee the United States also becoming bankrupt a nation where we all are equally poor with no hope of climbing out because meritocracy and the free market system capsized under an administration that preaches what’s fair and what isn’t and dictates who gets what?

źAre you worried that this president is ripping our great country to shreds as he strives to remake us in some impossible pie-in-the-sky utopian Marxist image that’s been tried before and always fails?

Circling back to the issue of slavery, a horrible injustice and a lot of suffering came to pass because some people clung to a belief that it was their right to buy and sell individuals. Yet, come this November, many people will vote in such a way as to surrender their basic human rights and volunteer to be collectively owned by a handful of powerful elitists, known as “the government.” It’s baffling.

Perhaps Sir Alexander Fraser Tyler, a Scottish lawyer and historian during the 18th century, can explain it. He stated:

“Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth; from spiritual growth to great courage; from great courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance, abundance to selfishness; selfishness to complacency; complacency to apathy; apathy to dependence; and dependence back to bondage.”

Bernadette Smith, Waldorf