Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

Letters to the Editor

October 15, 2012

Beware demagogues on election day

— — Well, the GOP convention has come and gone! Their victor for president, former Massachusetts governor, Mitt Romney and his henchman f or vice president, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, from Wisconsin, are beaming with arrogance and condescension. With the imprimatur of the Tea Party Express, one is the chancellor, the other vice-chancellor of the extreme right-wing “reactionaries.” Their own are ecstatic with glee!

Things that happen in past history tend to replay in time cycles. Dé ja vu. Cases in point: during the 1930s there were two ultra-conservative, extremely patriotic politicos who were powerful speakers, motivating the populace of their respective countries. There was some opposition to their ideologies and/or tactics at the time.

But, for the most part, the majority — many supposedly religious people — followed these two politicians lock stock and barrel! When their venomous, racist evil erupted to start World War II, most of the men in middle and poor classes followed these leaders blindly by entering the military service.

What are the names of these two political leaders from yesterday? Nazi, Adolph Hitler of Germany and Fascist, Benito Mussolini of Italy.

Right wing politicians appear intelligent, well spoken, devoted family persons, which I don’t doubt. Even Mafia dons are loving husbands, fathers and grandfathers.

They are well dressed in Brooks Brothers’ suits and Italian dress shoes, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they are correct in their assumptive ideologies. They could be sincere, yet wrong.

Something else. Some people are devotees of popular, flashy religious personalities on television, supporting them and their ministries. But not all that glitter is bold! There are demagogues and phonies in their ranks, just as you find in some self-serving politicians. One of these may say: “I have a word of wisdom from the Lord; do this, or do that!” Or, “Guide and direct us, fill us fresh and anew,” etc.

But, remember the gentle carpenter from Galilee had words of warning to the wise that would take heed. Analogies like: “Beware of wolves in sheep’s’clothing”; or, “the devil can appear to you as an angel of light.” May the American people, before voting in the general election in November, beware!

David L. Gentry



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