On Garlock: ‘This guy is just not right’
I suppose we could blame it on Grumpy Old Man Syndrome. You know, Cranky Old Fart. Cantankerous Aged Misanthrope. And if we did, we could just laugh and say: Well, it’s just old Terry spouting off.
But Mr. Garlock is developing an edge that is, in many ways, not easily overlooked.
I almost always disagree with his column, but there was a meanness and a bile in his latest foray that I can only assume derives from lack of cranial oxygen, and exposure to the Tea Party.
Terry’s assumption that we Democrats are not patriotic, his call for division of the country, his disgusting recommendations for American-style concentration camps ... this guy is just not right.
One thing I would point out: all those states you people like Terry love to hate are net donors to the federal effort.
Meanwhile, many of those states you would take into your would-be union are net federal bloodsuckers.
They have much higher poverty rates, higher divorce rates, higher rates of illiteracy, higher dropout rates, higher crime rates, higher rates of illegitimate births, higher rates of abortions, are more unhealthy, less educated, and less productive.
But back to reality. Garlock mentioned Wisconsin and specifically the Wisconsin National Guard.
I was speaking with my friend, and former 510 Fighter Squadron mate, former F-16 Wisconsin National Guard pilot, former Vietnam Cobra pilot, current member of the Vietnam Helicopter Pilots Association, Lieutenant Colonel Retired Bob Hesselbein, and asked him to read Garlock’s column.
I didn’t ask him if he felt insulted, but I can say that Bob doesn’t generally vote for Republicans, and is a great American. And I’m insulted for him.
I’ve been known to overstep a time or two, and the publisher of this newspaper has been kind enough to call me on it. If he extended the same courtesy to Terry Garlock, he obviously failed.
Timothy J. Parker
Peachtree City, Ga.