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Republican policies are no recipe for freedom

Matt Patterson's thoughtful op-ed piece in The Baltimore Sun, "America the Dictatorship" (Nov. 27), constitutes a bad case of sour grapes.

These questions arise from his column. Is it freedom to fail and never ask for help? Is it freedom to watch a loved one die from a precondition that insurance won't cover? Is it freedom that astronomical amounts of money will determine the corporations that will govern this nation? Is it freedom that Social Security is in danger of being gutted by the Republican Party? Social Security is a safety net that protects the aged and disabled who might otherwise be destitute and mired in poverty.

On the other hand, President Franklin D Roosevelt, in his 1941 State of the Union address enumerated "Four Freedoms."

These included, "Freedom of Speech"; "Freedom to Worship God in Their Own Way"; "Freedom from Want"; and "Freedom from Fear."

They have a nice ring to them.

Lee Lears, Annapolis

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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