The blind fools of America
Against my better judgment, I picked up a copy of this week’s Ventura Communist Reporter and wasn’t surprised to see the usual drivel from the usual suspects — from both the liberal and conservative sides. As a longtime Libertarian Party member, I’ve always believed in the equality of all humans to live their lives according to their own consciences and means.
Unfortunately, I’m part of a minority group that makes all others pale in comparison, and am caught between two groups — liberals/Democrats vs. conservatives/Republicans — of insane, moral-crusading, fanatics who have effectively been waging a non-shooting civil war, through the political system, for decades and decades now. As are most wars, this one has been terribly destructive and counterproductive to civilization and prosperity.
Sadly, the two groups of crusaders — who want to impose their will on all of us for our own good — have become so crazed and intent on wiping each other out that they don’t seem to have noticed they’ve just about wrecked America. I’d ask these uncivilized barbarians to please leave me out of their quarrel, but violent fanatics never listen to reason and don’t allow neutrality, so I won’t bother.
An old libertarian adage was that liberals/Democrats wanted control of your economic life, while conservatives/Republicans wanted to run your personal life. At this point, in America, it seems that both groups of fanatics want control over everyone’s whole lives; nothing, and I mean NOTHING, can be left to the individual anymore. You insane zealots won’t stop until every aspect of our lives has been politicized, will you?
The really tragic thing is that Liberals and conservatives have become nothing more than useful idiots for the two major political parties — who promise them everything they want prior to election day, and then cast them aside like used condoms afterward. And despite this, the low-self-esteem crowd keeps coming back for more! Only a blind fool actually believes a major difference exists between the two, but fortunately for the Democratic and Republican Parties, America is well-stocked with blind fools.
(last name, address, phone # withheld)
Factual errors in Going Clear
I would like to respond to the recent review published in your paper regarding Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear book. (“The book of OMG,” Art and culture, 2/14)
Mr. Wright’s book is so ludicrous it belongs in a supermarket tabloid. The book is an error-filled, unsubstantiated, bigoted anti-Scientology book. The Church has produced a white paper identifying the more than 200 errors so far discovered in Mr. Wright’s book. See www.lawrencewrightgoingclear.com. Specific examples include:
British and Canadian publishers chose not to print Mr. Wright’s book, which speaks volumes about their confidence in its facts and allegations. Mr. Wright ignored the real story of Scientology in favor of stale allegations and ever-changing bizarre tales invented by a handful of confessed liars.
If objectivity and truth are the hallmark of an ethical journalist, then the only words to describe Lawrence Wright are corrupt and bigoted. A self-described atheist, Mr. Wright apparently feels that Scientologists have no rights to express their religious beliefs. In a letter of Oct. 14, 2011, a full 15 months before publication, the Church offered full cooperation to answer any questions so as to provide all information Mr. Wright would need to accurately represent the religion, the church, its leadership and founder. The church repeated this request 15 times, as many of the letters went entirely unanswered while others resulted in only about a dozen fact-checks consisting of obscure or mundane subjects out of context. As a result, Mr. Wright produced a travesty of falsehoods.
Millions of Scientologists around the world embrace the religion. Since Lawrence Wright began his research, 30 new Churches of Scientology, known as Ideal Organizations, opened across the world — 12 in 2012 alone — and our humanitarian programs are bringing help to thousands of people from all walks of life on a daily basis.
To find out the true story of Scientology and its founder, one can visit www.scientology.org, www.lronhubbard.org, or one can read Mr. Hubbard’s books, which are available worldwide.
(City of residence withheld)