Note to David Tritsch (8/28, Letters, “Democrats’ dim view of U.S.”): Democrats don’t hate America, but we are capable of distinguishing between the country and its hired help.
While other fringe-Republican letter writers have mostly been sticking to gentler talking points (Barack Obama has scary friends, he’s “not ready to lead” and Joe Biden’s “boring”), Tritsch rips the mask off demagoguery by questioning the patriotism of those supporting “America-haters” like Obama and Biden.
But here’s the thing: George W. Bush isn’t America. He’s a temporary occupant of the White House, and his policies have indeed gutted the treasury, bludgeoned the middle class and soiled America’s image.
Ignoring these things isn’t patriotism. It’s nationalistic blindness that just makes it more difficult for new leaders to put the country back on track.
Obama is ready to lead. His judgments on Iraq, diplomacy in Iran and putting Afghanistan at the center of counter-terrorism efforts are looking better with each passing day. And since John McCain agrees with President Bush on nearly every issue, it’s difficult to see how marking time in Washington bureaucracies improved his judgment.
Obama’s eager quest to fix what Bush broke with McCain’s blessings is proof enough for me he loves his country.
David Tritsch stated, “Granted, many people are undergoing tough times, but when has government intervention ever helped?”
In the 1920s Republican Presidents Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover ran the country’s economy into the ground. It took Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt to provide the leadership needed to provide a “New Deal” for the American people and a return to economic prosperity.
When Roosevelt took over the presidency, millions were unemployed, businesses were closing, banks were going bankrupt and mortgages were being foreclosed. Sound familiar?
I, for one, am ready to give the Democrats an opportunity to prove that they can once again lead our nation in the right direction.
First of all, David Tritsch, I am a Democrat. Secondly, don’t you dare call me an America-hater. I love this country and the people in it. The majority of America’s people work very hard for what they have. Nothing can be taken for granted. We hope and pray each and every day that what we have won’t be yanked out from under us due to poor health or a greedy employer.
Democrats do not want more government. They want better government. They don’t want welfare. They want jobs available so they can give their children the security that you believe is already here. America is not secure. Our jobs are being sent to other countries where there is better education.
But there are alternatives. We need a new leader, not the same type of lousy McSame leadership that we’ve had for eight years. Barack Obama is the Democratic president who will turn this country around.