I’ve noticed that "Letters to the Editor" entries are many times more observant than newspaper editorial minds working on the same page. Here’s one today in the LA Times, commenting on the Barack Obama/Rev.Jeremiah Wright matchup.

Art Saginian says  "Jonah Goldberg is right. Wright is a radical. So what?

Americans are as well-known for their brutal savagery as they are for their compassionate philanthropy. We’ve butchered probably as many people as we have blessed. Take a count of how many people have been robbed, tortured, raped and/or killed at the hands of Americans and their licensed contractors since we became a nation — millions.

Why should Wright get blamed for saying so — and why should Obama get teased for seeing the truth in it? We should admit to our ugliness as much as we take pride in our beauty. "