To The Daily Sun,
I have come to find it amusing and somewhat hypocritical that conservative contributors to this forum find fault with others who question the Bush administration. Aren't they the ones who fall over each other blaming Obama, the Clintons, FDR, JFK, LBJ, Carter, unions, educators, mainstream media, elitists, immigrants, voters, etc. for all the social and political ills of this nation?
I know conservatives would like to forget Bush, but remember, he was "the decider." Announcing to the American public that, "I'm the decider, and I decide what's best." When he left office in 2008, the country was reeling from Bush's disastrous economic stewardship. His irresponsible tax cuts and deregulation policies contributed significantly to the nation's economic plight, slow recovery and failed to produce the claimed prosperity that would eventually "trickle down" to everyone else. Remember, "the decider" decided to cut taxes for the wealthy, and "the decider" decided we needed two wars, costing the country trillions of dollars, and more importantly, costing the lives of thousands of brave young men and women.
To avoid accountability, Meade and Earle recently blamed Democrats for the push for war in Iraq, while downplaying the fact that Bush was the commander in chief and "the decider."
Conservatives, while screaming for the impeachment of Obama, have this seeming inability to learn from their past mistakes. I understand their hatred of President Obama. It is the glue that holds them together in the absence of any real vision. Time and time again, they attack the president on every issue with the flimsiest of evidence of wrongdoing (while never once admitting their own messes and disasters from the immediate past), and they fail to renew a better or more coherent vision of themselves.
As a grandparent, I can understand Mr. Young's concern for his grandchildren. But he is naive to believe that they will live and compete in the America he has known. Unfortunately for Young and conservatives like him, the world is ever changing.
Due to his opposition to change and preoccupation with the past, it puts him constantly on the defensive — fear and anger become his mantra. He magnifies our perception of threat, whether by foreign aggressors, illegal immigrants, terrorists, or invading ideologies such as socialism. To Mr. Young, the world is a frightening place.
Recently, while vilifying liberals and Democrats, Young suggests they are threatening his grandchildren apparently, if they don't vote Republican. It must be that he can't perceive liberals as being parents who are also conscientious, responsible, and want the best for their children.
There is much to be said for considering the merits of both sides of the ideological divide in our country. Good ideas have come from conservatives, as well as liberals. But with the far-right and the far-left we are not dealing with sophisticated and intellectually honest thinkers. We are dealing with hardened partisans whose effort it is to defeat anyone identified as a Democrat or Republican. They are not engaged so much in a struggle of ideas as in incessant disingenuous fear-mongering and lies that attempt to smash anyone with opposing views ("You're either with us or against us").
L. J. Siden