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LETTER: Transformation is not always a good idea

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To the editor:

Shortly before the election of 2008, candidate Obama declared that his election would usher in "a fundamental transformation of America."

The desirability of such a transformation is questionable; it would entail the wiping away of many traces of American exceptionalism. It would turn this country into a copy of the social-democratic regimes of Western Europe. This is the issue at the heart of our politics today.

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