To The Daily Sun,
I love it that my letters make people think. But I read the comments by Dave Schwotzer of Meredith and I fear my streak has come to an end. He reads into what I write that I am a "progressive/leftist/liberal," when the reality is that I am a true centrist — a Jim Webb supporter.
Dave says that the current sitting president has threatened and ignored the Constitution by doing what he is constitutionally obligated to do: Appoint justices. Dave calls them "activist justices." I call them jurists who don't agree with Dave. Thomas Jefferson and James Madison both believed that the Constitution needed to be a living document, with Jefferson himself recommending that the Constitution be rewritten every 19 years to keep up with the changes from one generation to the next. That is the job of the Supreme Court — applying a 240 year old document to a modern society.
Dave also suggests that we had a fabulous economy under Ronald Reagan. What we had was a pseudo-wartime buildup of the defense industry that was collapsing before he left office. We also had double-digit mortgage interest rates (my first VA mortgage was 10.5 percent), and a budget that was so bloated that in order to save money he had benefits cut for all military retirees who now had to go to veterans' medical facilities instead of to active duty and reserve bases. I'll tell you that we all did far better under Bill Clinton than we did under any Republican president since Eisenhower.
Finally, he states that the president has "continuously blamed everyone else for the acts of blacks" and has set this country back two decades. First off, I cannot have a battle of wits with someone who is inadequately armed. Racism in this country has gone backwards for seven years due to politicians who have stated from Day 1 that their goal was to limit, stifle, suffocate, frustrate, and drive out the popularly-elected president. He has been openly insulted in Congress. His birth has been questioned. His religion has been questioned. His loyalty has been questioned.
The president has stated over and over again that race relations have improved, but that we are not cured. He doesn't blame whites. He doesn't blame blacks. But he is willing to talk about it openly in the hopes that things will get better. But everything he stands for is fought against tooth and nail by many — including those who say "I've never been a racist, but that Obama makes it hard not to be."
Yes Dave, I remember a day when people in this country could debate, could disagree without being disagreeable. Those days are gone. But they could come back again. It is why I served — so that persons like me and you can say what we feel. We can all have opinions. But it is even better when they are based on facts.
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