Obama supporters should practice what they preach

It is amusing to see supporters of our current president denounce dissenters to his policies and admonish them publicly. This is a blatant attempt to stifle free speech. Limiting criticism of their ideology is what they prefer until the tables turn on them.

A Jan. 28 letter writer called those who disagree with our president and write letters to The Maui News “haters.” Declaring that anyone who disagrees with the president’s policies hates him personally is kind of arrogant.

The letter writer cannot claim innocence either from this same practice when the shoe was on the other foot. In an Aug. 17, 2008, letter printed in The Maui News, this same writer said “(George W.) Bush is a murderous lawbreaking despot.” Over the years he also has disparaged any Republican or Democrat he did not agree with, and berated those gun-rights proponents and those who speak boldly and loudly their religious beliefs. Historical listing of letters to the editor of The Maui News don’t lie.

These are the same people that complain about lack of civility when only their ideology is the target. The president is tough and grown up, and he has a majority approval rating. It is public knowledge our president successfully got nearly every position by destroying his opponents. Why don’t people grow up and practice what they preach?

Our freedom and democracy depend on free speech. Most adults agree.

Thomas Fairbanks