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Posted: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 12:00 am

Mr. Miller (Aug. 30) suggests that Mr. Bocchi, the Democratic Party and I have “philosophy.” I object, since the word has at least six meanings and he doesn’t say which I have. If it’s a disease, I’ll have my doctor consult with Mr. Miller.

He writes, “... everyone I know, of any stripe, accepts the fact that President Obama was legally elected, is black and was probably born in the United States.” I’ve heard that “birds of a stripe gripe together.” If so, he doesn’t travel with anyone not wearing stripes like his own. Further, I don’t think he “knows” Mr. Bocchi. He doesn’t know me and I doubt he knows our acquaintances. So, the “striped” everybody he knows is not everybody.

Note, dear reader, that he calls two facts and one probability a single fact. Note, too, that when he writes “all this is driven by racism ...” he unknowingly refers to his own statement as well as to Mr. Bocchi’s. Tsk! Tsk!

Wandering away from his “critique,” he presumes to teach readers the meaning of ad hominem and then to stereotype Democrats as having a common reaction to attack. Stereotyping is a favorite tool of philosophism. He invalidates his own position, granting that Mr. Bocchi wrote “... there are those who doubt President Obama’s election, race and place of birth.” Surely he knows that “those” means only some, not all; and when I write “some” I do not mean everybody.

Did he read what we wrote or what he wanted to read? He concludes with his ultimatum that a political card “game” must stop. Even then, he cites a vague “etc.,” which can include whatever he chooses. In my world, politics is no “game.”

If I take two aspirin and go to bed, will my philosophy be cured?

Jim Turner

Lodi

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