Published: Thursday, June 12 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT
This letter sounds like a schizophrenic admission of some sort. Why drag the
president into this? What possible responsibility does he hold over the thoughts
of our fellow citizens? The right has shown what bizarre expectations they have
of the president this term.
Actually, the violent crime rate has dropped steeply in the past 20 years.
Things are not "getting worse"--they're getting better. And
I'm sure President Obama is opposed to "evil thoughts."
And just what would you have the President say and do? Even the biggest of the
big government advocates think there is a limit on what government can actually
accomplish, and I'll bet thought control falls in that category. I have to admit though that this is a pretty creative new criticism of the
President. With this as a guide the next two years ought to be quite
And as soon as the President condemns evil thoughts, the right will be crying
about the invention of the "Thought Police"Really, the
answer is not more government intervention. It's education. Mental
illness is such a taboo in our society that people are afraid to get help.
Obama is responsible for everything bad apparently. Wasn't he who tempted
Eve with the apple?
I thought we were trying to avoid an Orwellian future?
Now they radical right wing is Obama for murders because he doesn't control
people's "evil thoughts"?Amazing, Lucifer
himself can't even do that...
"two girls who had watched a program where they were told they must kill
someone."Read a fictional story.
Another aspect where the letter writer is wrong: the girls did not actually kill
RE: Irony Guy "Actually, the violent crime rate has dropped steeply in the
past 20 years"You're living in a dream world. Life must look
pretty good looking through those rose-colored glasses. There is so much more
crime than 20 years ago, whether statistics show that or not. Filling the brain
with violence will increase violence. We as a society would be naive to this
I had a little trouble following this letter but I got the idea he wants to ban
things like Slender Man or at least censor it heavily because two girls tried to
kill another girl and were influenced by the material. Should we apply this same
logic to the incident recently in Florida where a mother did succeed in killing
her 2 year old child because she thought she had to act out a bible story? What
about all the other people who have murdered their own children because they
felt god told them to?In reality its not the bible or Slender Man
that leads to these killings. The problem is that the people committing the
crimes are not mentally stable. If the mother in Florida didn't have the
bible to wrap her warped mind around she would have found something else. If the
two girls didn't have Slender Man they would have been influence by
something else. The real problem is a mental health care system in this country
that is broken. It can't find or help the people it needs to.
@Opinionated wrote: "There is so much more crime than 20 years ago, whether
statistics show that or not."If statistics disagree with your
point, then just toss the statistics and claim that they're wrong?
It's easy to be "Opinionated" especially fact free opinions?
Irony guy...So based on your comments, all the talk about "Gun
Control" is bogus because the Violent Crime rate is going down... Right?slcdenizen,Open Minded Mormon and others...What the writer is
suggesting is that "Thoughts" is the real culprit in all these attacks
we read and hear about.What the writer is saying is that the
President (Regardless of Party) should speak out on the plight of the mentally
ill and the lack of help for them. STOP focusing on other things and focus
getting these people help.
I think Don yearns for a theocracy rather than than a republic or democracy. I
don't want the President to ever lecture us on good or bad thoughts. How
long would it be before Justice department would feel the need to check to see
if people were following those "suggestions"?
@ConfusedSandy, UTslcdenizen,Open Minded Mormon and
others...What the writer is suggesting is that "Thoughts" is the
real culprit in all these attacks we read and hear about.What the
writer is saying is that the President (Regardless of Party) should speak out on
the plight of the mentally ill and the lack of help for them. STOP focusing on
other things and focus getting these people help.1:48 p.m. June 12,
2014====== I disagree.What the letter writer
is attempting to do is a veiled attpemt to "blame" President Obama for
someone else's "thoughts" and "actions".BTW --
My President DOES tell us about controling "evil thoughts", and
his name is President Monson.
So you WANT Obama to control your thoughts? You WANT him to be the thought
police? I seriously doubt it.
Now conservatives are proposing that the President should approve of thought
Come on Don. More reporting doesn't mean more news. Maybe if you convinced
your friends to turn off A.M. radio things would settle down for you.
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