Rhetoric cuts both ways

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In your article of April 10 concerning the increasingly heated rhetoric in the public square, the two examples you used were Republicans. We should be fair and balanced about this matter, so permit me to point out some examples of Democrats indulging themselves in the same fashion. (For some reason the examples I have selected were all uttered pre-2009.)

Howard Dean, chairman of the DNC: “I hate Republicans and everything they stand for.”

Former Vice President Al Gore referred to former-President Bush’s Internet supporters as “digital brownshirts.”

Various commentators, such as Maureen Dowd (New York Times) and Chris Mathews (MSNBC), referred to the Bush administration as the Bush “regime.”

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A movie a few years back titled “The Assassination of George W. Bush.”

“Petraeus or betray us?” — The one time ad in the New York Times in September of 2007 which called General Petraeus, commander of troops in Iraq at the time, a traitor. One who betrays is, by definition, a traitor.

It was so inflammatory that a resolution condemning it was passed in the U.S. Senate. The ad, by the way, was paid for by an outfit called MoveOn.org, whose endorsement President Barack Obama accepted not too long after that with fulsome praise.

Terence McManus, New Sharon

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