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Voice: Who really are the neo-Nazis?

June 20, 2002

I laughed as I read Ms. Briggs' letter wherein she characterized me as a stupid, extremist neo-Nazi. Still do. My first thought was to not respond to such ludicrousness, but after some time, it seemed to me that it was my duty:

Webster's Dictionary defines a neo-Nazi as "a member of a group espousing the programs and policies of Hitler's Nazis." Conjunctionally, Hitlerism is "the nationalistic and totalitarian principles and policies associated with Hitler." Furthermore, totalitarianism is "1: Centralized control by an autocratic society 2: The political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority." An autocrat, by the way, is "1: A person (as a monarch) ruling with unlimited authority 2: One who has undisputed influence or power."

Now, who is more representative to the above definitions? People like me who believe our freedoms are granted to us by God, not the government, and that we are personally responsible as to how we exercise our freedoms? Or the Green Party, who lobbies Democrat leaders to incrementally restrict our freedoms to enjoy public land (our land) by "absolute state authority"?

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The Green Party is a social democratic ("a political movement advocating a gradual and peaceful transition from capitalism to socialism by democratic means") group that silences their opponents with words such as stupid, extremist, Neo-Nazi, etc.

I know I've offended Ms. Briggs by my use of the term "tree-hugger" (one who puts plants and animals before mankind), but I have no interest in forcing anyone to do, or not do, anything. The Green Party, however, does want to force us off of our land. According to Webster, the Green Party fits the descriptions it threw at me.

GUY MANNING

El Centro

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