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Today's letter to editor

Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Here is the letter to the editor of the Star Tribune that I sent out today. We will see if it gets published.
Editorial Department
Star Tribune
425 Portland Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55488.

26 October 2004
To the Editor:
Some Democrats say they are "personally opposed to abortion." But they also say, "I cannot impose my belief on others."
This is a classic example of fence-sitting--of trying to please both sides. This kind of politician says what one side wants to hear, then does what the other side wants him to do. This is called hypocrisy. It is a sign that somebody can't be trusted. As the Indians used to say in the old Westerns, this sort of person "speaks with forked tongue."
If a politician who engages in fence-sitting believes what he says--that he really is opposed to abortion--then he is publicly admitting that he can be bought. After all, the major pro-abortion groups can be among the biggest campaign donors to this sort of candidate. If a politician really is opposed to abortion and accepts these contributions, he is willing to sell his own beliefs.
If he isn't selling out, then he doesn't see anything wrong with abortion. That makes him a liar. It means that all his talk about opposing abortion is a trick to avoid losing pro-life votes.
Either way, this sort of politician is a snake in the grass. I believe he is untrustworthy, and I will impose that belief in the ballot box next election. Unlike him, I stand up for what I believe in.
I am a Democrat! I am also Pro Life! I am also a Marine Corps Veteran and I support our troops but I am against the war in Iraq! When will Minnesota progressives choose to protect all life, in the womb and on the battlefield?
Respectfully Submitted,

Ed Working
Chanhassen, Minnesota
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