To the Editor:
It’s election season and like all media outlets, the pages of the Mirror-Spectator are subject to the propaganda of paid political advertisements. If the facts behind the political posturing of these ads weren’t so sad in many cases and the ramifications so serious, I would find amusing the full-page ad in the Mirror which encourages voters to vote Republican in November. But it’s not amusing.
A. Kevorkian of Philadelphia, the ad’s underwriter, declares: “All Liars Must be Punished.” I couldn’t agree more. But how and why he concludes that we should vote Republican in November is bewildering. Sadly, we have a backlog of lying politicians and government appointees for whom justice has yet to be served, most notably George W. Bush and his administration. And these are not lies about extra-marital affairs or historical tragedies that occurred nearly a century ago (i.e. The Armenian Genocide), but events and circumstances in current history — lies concealing the truth about activities that to many people are tantamount to war crimes. To name a few in chronological order beginning in 2001:
•Bush and Condoleezza Rice lied to the public and the 9/11 Commission about receiving warnings of a possible terrorist attack and military preparedness for a scenario of using planes as missiles;
•EPA Director Christine Whitman lied about the air quality in NYC immediately after 9/11/01 at the insistence of the White House;