In response to the gentleman whose article was published, I must say he started off sounding well informed. His references and dates seemed researched and no doubt were. This seemingly earnest introduction persuaded me to read further hoping to extract some knowledge or perhaps some balanced wisdom.
This lasted 'til about the second paragraph, when he begins to throw around terms like tea-partier, or so-called patriots. At this point it becomes obvious that he is resentful of the Republican party, or anyone who would dare exercise their right to vote for it.
I myself have written a few columns for The Times, but in each one I attempt to be balanced. Although I do lean to the right, I do not use inflammatory descriptions for those with which I disagree. I do not allow my passion to reveal itself through anger, and the last thing I do is deny personal responsibility, and cast it upon those with whom I disagree. I do not attack liberals, progressives, or socialists, as they may be my neighbors. In fact, for the sake of fairness, I assume responsibility as an American for the fact that we Americans elected this president, even though I did not vote for him, nor do I agree with him.
I do not go further into the past than the term of the man who presides now, when judging his performance either. I do not dig into the past and seek data to mitigate the present responsibility of those who are leading us now. I would not blame Barack Obama for the mistakes Romney might make when he becomes the 45th president. So why does Barack Obama and his fan club choose to do this to Bush, or his father, or whomever? The answer is quite obvious to most Americans that if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, it's a duck. And if I step in something stinky following the duck, I do not blame the duck, or the egg it came from. I wash my shoes off and walk somewhere else.
In short, I think the majority of Americans will be choosing a different path this election. I have no doubt this will happen, we are not stupid, and we do not need to blame anyone but ourselves if we feel a mistake has been made, all we have to do is vote. After all, that's what democracy is all about.
According to the man who wrote the article I am responding to, and I quote, "an invisible bearded white-robed man who lives in the sky and writes mumbo jumbo verses with a fiery finger" is somehow directing Republicans and those who vote against Obama, I would have just said bath salts, it's a lot shorter! Or maybe it's Obama's failed record and the economy. On Nov. 7, the morning after the bath salts wear off, it won't matter anymore, and President Obama can start writing a resume, and find out what his economy feels like first hand, unemployed!
See you at the polls my friends.
Joshua D. Marrone