Who's owed an apology?

I read with great amusement the May 28 letter from Kevin Palmer (“President owed an apology”).

His letter contends that President Obama’s reversal on the gay marriage issue is “evolution,” while conservatives hate the poor, children, the unintelligent and the unsuccessful. It seems he left out of his liberal talking points hatred for the elderly, minorities, homosexuals, etc. He went on to make Rush Limbaugh the poster child for all of this hate mentioned above, while never giving any facts to back up his claims.

His letter is a case study in the liberal mind-set. Liberals never let facts interfere with making their emotional point. Liberals accuse those with differing opinions of being “hateful.” I am not defending Mr. Limbaugh, as he is fully capable of defending himself. But Mr. Palmer stated Mr. Limbaugh was uncharitable and despises the unsuccessful and the poor, as do all conservatives.

Let’s take a look at the facts: Mr. Limbaugh was the 10th most charitable celebrity in 2008, giving $4.2 million in financial assistance to the children of Marines and law-enforcement officers killed in the line of duty; $ 109,716 to individuals in need of assistance because of family illness; $52,898 to families in need; $ 35,000 to Alzheimer’s causes; $40,951 for day-care centers; and the list goes on. Conservatives give on average 30 percent more to charity than liberals, while liberals have higher average incomes.

Now, let’s look at Mr. Palmer’s “evolving” hero, President Obama. Mr. Obama gave less than 1 percent to charity from 2000 to 2004 compared to Mitt Romney’s 15 percent and John McCain’s 18 percent.

How about Vice President Joe Biden? The Bidens reported giving $995 in charitable donations in 2007 – about 0.3 percent of their income and the highest amount in the past decade. The low was $120 in 1999, about 0.1 percent of yearly income.

I think you get the point – liberals want to be charitable with other people’s money and not their own. The most “uncharitable” act against the poor and children would have to be abortion, which is wholeheartedly supported by most liberals.

Of almost everything Mr. Palmer states in his letter, the opposite is true – even the reason President Obama changed his mind on same-sex marriage. The reason he changed his mind was money.

Maybe it’s we conservatives who are owed an apology.

Robert Sheffer

North Augusta, S.C.

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