Brett Ellingson ("Fears color views on Obama," Readers' Forum, June 13) claims fears of socialism are outdated and foolish. I guess he does not know that it is not just talk-radio, but history, that spreads fear of socialism.

In 1787, Edward Gibbon finished his book, "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire." In it, he names several reasons for Rome's fall. One of them just happens to be "creeping socialism."

Many years after the fall of the Roman republic, the emperors introduced socialism into the empire. The Roman government put higher and higher taxes onto the people and spent that money on a Roman welfare state. This weakened the empire by limiting business, making people dependent on the government and exhausting the state treasury.

If socialism helped destroy the Roman republic, then should not the American republic be afraid of it?

Tyler Thomas

South Weber