June 1, 2010 in City

Reshaping history

The Spokesman-Review

Bill Sahlberg’s letter (May 25) claims that Democratic presidents led us into the two world wars as well as ordered the bailout of the banks and insurance companies. In a stunning display of historical revisionism, he asks for “just the facts.”

The facts don’t support him. In 1917 the Germans decided to resume unrestricted submarine warfare. In order to distract the Americans they offered aid to the Republic of Mexico in exchange for a Mexican attack on the U.S. This led to the declaration of war by America on Germany.

In 1941, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor; we declared war on Japan. The Democratic presidents, unlike George W. Bush, did the constitutional thing and asked Congress to declare war. The Democratic declarations simply can’t be described, as Sahlberg tries to, as an act of an “evil government.”

The bank bailout was proposed by George W. Bush on Sept. 19, 2008. It was signed on Oct. 3, 2008. These were the actions of a Republican president.

The facts are that none of Sahlberg’s examples was the result of Democratic evil. The facts do speak for themselves.

Jeffrey E. Bourget

Coeur d’Alene

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