Ehrlich's column was full of fear-mongering and falsehoods

Former Governor Ehrlich's columns are generally a laughable compote of right-wing cliches and Fox News talking points, but in his latest column, Mr. Ehrlich went past mere Republican hackery into fear-mongering, to say nothing of inexcusable wrongness and lack of fact-checking ("The vast left-wing conspiracy" Feb. 3).

Mr. Ehrlich would do well to remember that the most powerfully partisan movement of the past five years came not out of the left but from the far right. Does the former governor realize that in ranting about the "mega-meeting of the left's most powerful groups," he could as well be on a diatribe against the Bilderburg Group, or the perennial favorite of those conspiracy theorists with which the esteemed former governor is so careful to not align himself, the Illuminati?

I must also contest Mr. Ehrlich's assertion that "super wealthy individuals stationed on Wall Street" bought President Barack Obama his second term. Perhaps Maryland's conservatives have not recently glanced at the PAC figures from the most recent election, for if they had, one could have slipped Mr. Ehrlich a memo that the wealthy were desperate to support Mr. Romney in the 2012 election, because he was, appallingly and unforgivably, a candidate who spoke only for the 1 percent, and one who chose to protect the interests of the wealthy in this country over those of their workers.

Mr. Ehrlich, you ask me to read your list of Mr. Obama's second term goals and weep. I do, but not because I am deeply offended at the furthering of progressivism in America. It saddens me that there are people out there, people like you, who look at furthering the rights of women and the LGBT population, while preventing murders and the exploitation of the lower class, as something to be avoided, something that threatens your power. Progress will generally win, Mr. Ehrlich.

Helen Ross Towson

The writer is junior at Towson High School

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