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Irresponsible rhetoric from Sowell

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From page A8 | January 05, 2013 |

In a column appearing Dec. 30, 2012, in the Daily Republic, Thomas Sowell wrote down some of his random thoughts.

One of those “thoughts” was to compare President Obama to Jim Jones, who was responsible for the murders and mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana. That comment was totally ridiculous and unworthy of a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. That is the kind of stupid comment I would expect from one of the right-wing talk radio idiots, not from an educated man.

His is just one example of the kind of inflammatory rhetoric that stokes the irrational hatred many people have of Obama. I used to respect (while not necessarily agreeing with) Mr. Sowell’s views when he explained why he disagreed with President Obama’s economic and social policies. However, the above-mentioned random thought makes me think Mr. Sowell is just another irrational Obama hater to whom it is not worth paying attention.

Charles McLaughlin

Fairfield

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  • Mike kirchubelJanuary 03, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    Absolutely correct, Charles. Thomas Sowell needs to be put out to pasture for his own good And the good of the nation.

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 04, 2013 - 10:21 pm

    Calling for the abridgement and denial of a black man's (or any citizen's) first amendment rights is illegal, Mr. Kirchubel. You sir, are a throwback to Stalinist Russia

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  • rlw895January 07, 2013 - 11:59 am

    Rich: You have a misconception about free speech that many Americans unfortunately share. Telling someone to "shut up" may be rude, but it's not illegal, especially is the speaker is writing an opinion column. He voluntarily has exposed himself to such counter-opinions. The First Amendment ONLY bans GOVERNMENT action against free speech, not that of private parties. If you want to criticize Mike, go ahead, it's a free country. But don't make the mistake of claiming he has done anything illegal, or even subject to civil liability.

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  • George Guynn, JrJanuary 05, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    Mr Kirchubel, let me get this straight, you write a book with lots of silly lefty ideas and pay for the publishing with your own money. On the other side, Mr Sowell get people to pay for his writings, which are very good, and is a senior fellow at the Hover Institute at Stanford University. Looks like you are ready to go to a re-education camp or the funny farm to me! Oh, I forgot, this is Solano Coumie County where only lefties count!!!!

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 05, 2013 - 1:32 pm

    What happened to my comment Daily Republic? Mr. Kirchebel is calling for curtailing 1st amendment rights and you're going right along with it. I don't give the United States or your State much more time before the union is dissolved. Permanently.

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  • Mike kirchubelJanuary 05, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    George, im Not sure what "lefty ideas" you are talking about. The book i wrote was a look at the history of banking in America. Im pretty sure youve never read it,, given your description. Maybe you could give us all a couple of examples of what you are talking about. As for Sowell, i have noticed a significant decline in his mental rigor as shown by his writing. MAybe he is just letting off steam after the recent election or had an especially happy new year celebration. Who knows?

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  • RichJanuary 05, 2013 - 4:58 pm

    Kirchubel---youre like Obama because you deny you're a leftist. You openly espouse socialism and deride capitalism every day. You demand more and bigger government and more destructive spending. Then you come in here and deny it all---just like that demogogue and charlatan Obama. Next, you call for silencing black scholar who wont go along with your attempts to keep minorities on your rat political party slave plantation. Then when that fails, you pick on him and infer he's mentally disabled. The communists did the very same thing Mikey. You are just like your ideological ancestors and so is Obama, Brown, Garamendi, Wolk, Yamada.

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  • laffsatliersJanuary 05, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    George, Mikey sits around in his underwear and flings mud balls at successful, respected, widely-followed writers who have national audiences while he, Mikey, caters to his audience of dozens in the local rag. He just can't stand being ignored, waiting for the acclaim he is certain he is due.

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  • rlw895January 05, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Frankly, I've never understood Sowell's appeal either, except he's a conservative black guy. What are his credentials to be so respected? I don't go for the idea that someone who is paid for his opinions is right or even good at it. There are a lot of people in this country of free speech who are paid a lot to spout off nonsense. It's up to us, the people of this free country, to decide what is worth listening to. We get a lot of chaff with the wheat.

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  • Tom ChalkJanuary 05, 2013 - 8:29 pm

    Knowing which is wheat and which is chaff is the trick, RLW. Or, more likely, knowing when to recognize the chaff from our own side and call it for what it is. I'm trying to do a better job of this. How about you?

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  • rlw895January 05, 2013 - 9:33 pm

    Good point, Tom. I like to think I'm pretty good at it, but I recognize I have filters just like most people. What I like to do is bore down to the fundamental facts behind a belief. If the are really there, then I'm inclined to go that direction. It's possible to build quite a world view, and possibly a highly popular one, on a flawed premise. For example, that the Soviet Union was keeping up with us, and maybe even surpassing us, militarily during the 70s and 80s. Or that Sadam had WMDs and the inclination to give them to terrorists that would attack the West. Goebels knew that people want to feel less anxious; make them afraid and then they will believe almost anything that promises to remove the source of that fear.

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  • Mike kirchubelJanuary 06, 2013 - 5:13 pm

    RLW, the chaff is easy to spot. It's the stuff that blows. I see a lot of it here.

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  • Mike kirchubelJanuary 05, 2013 - 8:26 pm

    Rich, George, And the Guy who laughs at himself, do you just delight in sniping at others or do you actually have a political thesis that you would like to tell to us all? Im sure there are many people who visit this site who would love to hear what you have to say about how this world would work better. Any suggestions, or are you simply hot air?

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  • Rich GiddensJanuary 06, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    Nothing seems to anger leftists and social-welfare plantation slave mongers more then black conservative intellectuals, commentators and scholars like Star Parker, Alan West, Tim Scott, Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, JC Watts, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell or Alan Keyes. Yes, they are not popular because they are being attacked on both sides by Mikey and by liberal minorities. They are the brave new Voltaires, Lockes and Montesques of this terrible new dark ages. They are seeking a new dawn of enlightenment. Will you listen or will you throw stones at them?

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