Good, bad, O’Reilly

To the Journal editor:

On Feb. 9, The Mining Journal once again played host to the measured, thoughtful commentary of Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly, for his part, demonstrated his talent for placing our complicated national issues in their proper perspective by enlisting the viewpoint of that most common of common men, the bayou-dweller, in this case, one Roland Torres from just outside New Orleans.

It did my heart good to contemplate the wit and wisdom of this man, a former game warden and government employee who does not understand why some people accept government assistance and who lives by the honest sweat of his brow and whatever riches he can dredge up from his surroundings.

(He) occasionally resorts to armed intimidation to drive away, “city thugs,” displaced by hurricane activity (since these characters were also described as, “the good, the bad, and the ugly” I can’t help but wonder if (actor) Lee Van Cleef was among them, in which case violence would certainly be merited).

When you stop to think about it, there really is no difference between the situation of millions of Americans benefitting from governmental assistance and that of Torres.

Indeed, it leads me to question why these people do not reject Obama’s nefarious income redistribution schemes and flee to the wilderness, there to subsist on wild plants and game, as Torres apparently recommends (just not his wilderness, it seems, unless they want to get shot). As for myself, I’m choosing to heed the exceedingly relevant advice of Mr. O’Reilly and Mr. Torres.

If President Obama comes looking for me, hoping to sap my will to work with his poisonous Marxist agenda, tell him I’m down on the bayou with my good buddy Bill, eating sawgrass and killing birds with a penknife.

Scott Ham