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Dems, GOP both harming America

| Saturday, July 6, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Regarding the letter “No ‘Kumbaya' with liberals” from Bob McBride (July 2): We on the “left” have a proud history, since the founding of our country, in the fight for our constitutional rights and our liberties. Included in this is the fight for freedom of religion and of “non-religion,” should individuals so choose. We fought to preserve democracy in the Spanish Civil War and against fascism in World War II, among others.

This gentleman is misguided in most of his characterizations, but I agree totally with him on the continued erosion of our rights initiated under both the Bush and Obama administrations — endless undeclared wars, National Security Agency spying, the collection of DNA prior to conviction of a crime and the ordered killing of Americans abroad outside of our constitutional provisions.

We've also seen treaties that have stripped our sovereignty and the decision-making role of the Congress and a continued legacy of interfering with the privacy rights of citizens, both liberal and conservative (just read the FBI files from the Palmer raids in 1919 and the McCarthy investigations of the '50s).

One can be opposed to abortion, but recognize that women have the right to make decisions about their own health care, including the difficult decision of abortion. Mr. McBride also should spend less time thinking about sexual acts between consenting adults.

This gentleman should give more consideration to the oppressive, degenerate and bestial side of corporate capitalism, post-1950s to the present. He should think about the role that both major political parties play in their stranglehold on American society and the footstool role they play in this regard.

Jim Ferlo

Highland Park

The writer is the state senator from the 38th District.

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