Posted November 2, 2012 | comments 22 Comments

Letter to the Editor: Obama's election was an aberration in the political process


Obama is not wrong; he's just not right. The bottom line for me is that Obama is changing the basic foundation/fabric of America and intends to continue doing so. I cannot support that. The mentors in his youth and adulthood are radicals and self-described communists/socialists. I don't understand how anyone can ignore that.

His election was an aberration in the political process. No one knew much about him (and we still don't), and he was not properly vetted by the media or the American people. As an educated, articulate black man, he represented the "hope and change" he touted. Unfortunately, the hope and change turned out to be what my grandad called a "pig in a poke." Enough people bought the poke to elect him. He had no business experience, little political experience, and what life experiences he had were influenced by an absent father, aforementioned mentors, and exposure to what he calls colonialism. In many ways, his election resulted from racism.

No, Romney is not my idea of the perfect candidate. But he is a far better choice than what we have. And it has nothing to do with Obama's color. It has everything to do with the opportunity he was given and the disappointment I have in his wasting that opportunity. Instead of uniting us, he has polarized us; instead of bringing "transparency" to government, he has proven to be just as secretive as any.

His "fair share" and "fair shot" concept assumes there is a finite amount of wealth available which is, of course, not true. The net worth of U.S. households and nonprofits rose from about $1 trillion in 1945 to about $55 trillion in 2009.

The key word in the discussion is "opportunity." Liberals believe that opportunity is denied to some people simply because of their color or circumstances. They ignore personal accountability. Obama's own success disproves that falsehood. Liberals use "all men are created equal" to support social programs that give preference to some groups. But they ignore "created equal" when discussing opportunities available to everyone the instant they are born. It's what individuals do with the opportunities that counts. Liberals seem to think opportunity means having as much right to what others have accomplished as the one who did it. As a concept, this is socialism/communism.

Fred Hughes, Woodstock

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