Snopes.com, if you have confidence in their judgment. It was also panned by bloggers, which I will cover later. It is notable that Pritchett sent the letter to the New York Times but it was neither acknowledged nor published.
Here are some of his comments with my retorts:
· You scare me because after months of exposure, I know nothing about you. (NJ) Only an idiot could say this after the last 20 months.
· You scare me because I do not know how you paid for your expensive Ivy League education and your upscale lifestyle and housing with no Visible signs of support. (NJ) Like most of us peons did, working our way through. And what “upscale lifestyle?”
· You scare me because you lack humility and 'class', always blaming others. (NJ) This borders on prejudice and an anomaly in that you are obviously a right wing fanatic.
· You scare me because you want to change America to a European style country where the government sector dominates instead of the private sector. (NJ) Not a bad idea to consider social Democracy that could spread the wealth in America.
· You scare me because you want to kill the American capitalist goose that lays the golden egg which provides the highest standard of Living in the world. (NJ) Poverty in the U.S. has hit a new high climbing to 15.1 percent or 46.2 million people. A top economist, Nouriel Roubini, places the blame fully at the feet of George W. Bush.
· You scare me because you falsely believe that you are both omnipotent and omniscient. ("Another Hitler in the making," bigoted comment by person sending email.) (NJ) This one is tough to figure out; apparently you were struck dumb during the totalitarian governing of Geo. W. Bush and Dick Cheney.
There’s much more you can read on the above link to Snopes.com.
This man scares the hell out of me. Let’s start with the fact that he is a Tea Party Patriot, which explains a lot of his confusion. You can hear his rantings on the Fox News Mangrum Report where he says employers should stop hiring, and that it is perfectly OK to move U.S. jobs overseas. So much for the American dream.
A blog by the name of Wall Street Jackass pokes fun at Pritchett’s letter. Its comments are much more tolerant than mine but nevertheless interesting. By the way, he has a Southern drawl, which could account for some of his statements. I can say this having grown up in the South and more recently writing about some of its age-old issues.
What scares me even more than Pritchett is the fact that a friend of ours mass circulated this email to a number of people, many of which are probably Tea Party members. It is this sort of thoughtless bigotry that has this country tearing itself apart. If it isn’t stopped we may follow in the footsteps of the fall of the Roman Empire. Peace!