Patrick Germond: Liberals losing touch with reality


— (Editor's note: This is the first part of a letter to the editor recently submitted by Mr. Germond. The second part will be published in the Saturday Morning Press.)

To the Editor:

A little light, please. Reality has taken a holiday. We are paying $4 for a gallon of gas. And what does the liberal elite do? Shut down oil exploration in Alaska by declaring the polar bear threatened. Never mind the misuse of the Endangered Species Act, to place an animal on it that is thriving. The total disconnect at the cliff America is heading toward is what should scare us all. A liberal friend of mine told me that I quit drinking coffee and driving my SUV the rest of the world would have more. I don't think that's what's wrong with Haiti and Africa. What is wrong is skinny Kenny and starving Stan steal everything any farmer tries to grow or that's not nailed. There is a complete lack of civilization in other parts of the world. What these countries need is a sense of community, father and son events, town meetings and such.

When God hit the shores of the New World with the pilgrims he told them, "Work hard and teach your children to pray and everything will be OK." As Hillary would call the people that follow this rule, we are "working class Americans." Both Democrats and Republicans can and do belong to this club, and anyone can join. Life has gotten so good in America that this rule has been stretched, pulled on and even broken in some cases. If you have ever gone and voted with a pair of work gloves in your back pocket, you probably have a membership. This business of our suicidal energy policy can be blamed partly on and traced back to elite liberals. They are living off trust funds, or their parents while in college or guilty-feeling business men living off of investments. Give me a break. One might want to remember history a little. Hitler was a panhandler for a period of time in his life because he thought work was beneath him. However, lack of working on some people's part still is not the main cause of the liberal disconnect with reality.

Liberal fascist environmentalists are not completely to blame. Working class Americans are. We felt sorry for these idiots and legalized medical marijuana, lowering the stigma of this drug to the point it is now. These ding dongs sit around on a regular basis getting high and thinking they were global-geo-political and environmental experts. Voting for whatever their hopped up ganja brains tell them to.

Their leader is a candidate that has the same slogan as Bob the Builder, "yes, we can." No wonder they say the stupidest things like the polar bear is endangered and boil oil is bad. Before this, they were saying it was big business, organized religion or that big drug companies were bad.

Never did they complain about big government or an unquestioned belief in an environmental policy was bad. Big marijuana plants, that's what's bad, and at the root of all this consternation. That's what has to go.

It lets them feel justified to fly and drive all over the world to go hiking, rafting, licking flowers, kissing rocks and such, all the while they pee themselves every time they recycle a pop can.

That's the kind of travel that needs to be cut out. They should stay home and go to work.

Patrick Germond


50cal 8 years, 10 months ago

makes you wonder if Pat has a medical ghanga card?


50cal 8 years, 10 months ago

while I might agree about the liberal elete I think we could come up with a more sane arguement than medical marahoochi. Pat if you want to change things you have to challange beliefs with facts and change minds not feelings.


ejmm0659 8 years, 10 months ago

What a rambling diatribe that letter to the editor was! It made very little (if any!) sense. If you want to complain, and come across as intelligent, try to clear your head and get your facts straight first.


50cal 8 years, 10 months ago

I can't wait for the second half. Hey mister publisher could you at least give us a sneak peek? the suspence is killing me! Is Pat going to save the world or what?


Neal Harkner 8 years, 10 months ago

Even though I know better I'll try to add some cohesion to this rant.

1) The current run-up in oil prices is due in large part to 2 things a) Our federal government has been deficit spending money like drunken sailors on shore leave since 2002 (keep in mind the Republicans controlled the purse strings from 2002-2006). To go along with that, the Fed deeply cut interest rates over the last 8 months to keep the economy afloat through the credit and housing crises. These two acts have had the devastating side-effect of devaluing the dollar. That means anything made in America or based on the dollar (like oil) is cheaper outside the US. As a hedge against a weak dollar, investors are moving their money into commodities like oil and gold. Once the dollar strengthens, the price of a barrel of oil should retreat into (hopefully) the $60-$70 range.

 b)  Speculation.  While we're not facing an oil shortage anytime in the near future, our supply margins have shrunk due to demand in places like China and India.  As a result, any supply disruption carries a lot of weight.  Speculators wait for bad news like attacks on pipelines in Nigeria or sword rattling from Iran and they drive the price up somewhat as well.

2) We do need to drill more domestically for oil and gas. That being said, there is no guarantee the oil found here will be used here. Oil is a global commodity. If ExxonMobil can make more money selling ANWR oil to Japan, guess what, that's where it will go.

3) Even if we open ANWR it will take 5-7 years before the first drop of oil reaches the market. Combine that with the fact that ANWR's reserves will last 10 years or less and that isn't a long-term solution, either.

4) Refinery capacity - even though it hasn't come up, it will.
a) New refineries won't bring down the cost of oil.

 b) New refineries aren't being built because refiners don't want to build them.  You halve the cost of construction and they still wouldn't get built.  Refiners don't have the profit margins to justify new facilities.  GW offered up closed military bases as land for refineries and it fell on deaf ears.

Personally, and this is just my opinion, I find the ANWR argument to be disingenuous at best. If they want to look for oil there, fine, but if you're an oil exec don't look at a TV camera and tell me you're concerned about how much foreign oil we use in America and you believe drilling in the ANWR will help us out. Tell the public what your real motiviation is. Cheap oil that will fetch you $125 a barrel on the open market while only costing you $30 a barrel to suck it out of the ground.


nikobesti 8 years, 10 months ago

OMG, this letter is hilarious! Are we sure this isn't a satire? It does more damage to conservatives than the liberals he's attacking. Fellow conservatives need to shut this dude up. He's making a fool of you all. Marijuana is the root of all problems in America. LOL! Thanks for the laugh, Patrick.


50cal 8 years, 10 months ago

speculaters ARE the problem on top of it all congress should open up drilling, us government should allow permiting of new refineries, but this stuff sells as a comodity. as long as the speculaters can use any excuse to jack up the price of crude it will affect the price of gas. 70% of the price of gas is directly tied to the price of crude. with new markets opening in china and india OPEC could care less if America screams about the price. Drilling while we might not see it for seven years would have a calming affect on the market since the speculaters would not be as worried about the source of where future oil is coming from


50cal 8 years, 10 months ago

i think maybe he watches a little to much south park Kenny and stan?


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