Letter to the Editor: President’s actions promote divisiveness


Last week this paper published an article by Andy Schmookler regarding President Obama’s executive actions. I do not agree with his opinions, and I will attempt to present another opinion for consideration.

First, Obama has been described as a narcissist. As such, he appears to believe he can do no wrong, and that we should conform to his wishes. I believe his actions promote divisiveness between Democrats and Republicans, men and women, people of different races, citizens and immigrants, and the rich and middle class.

When he was campaigning for his first term, he promised his administration would be “transparent.” This has not happened. We have evidence of this — not only has there not been transparency, there have been instances when incorrect information has been given out in an apparent attempt to deceive or mislead citizens.  Remember Benghazi?

Second, he pledged he would close Guantanamo Bay. It is still open. What he has accomplished is to release some prisoners who may have the ability to commit more crimes.

It’s puzzling where he gets the authority to amend or revise laws once they are passed by Congress and signed by the president. This is what happened in the case of “Obamacare.” What he has done appears to be in violation of our Constitution and the “law of the land.”

Former U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, an Obama appointee, took the authority to decide which laws he would enforce and those he would not. By his lack of any corrective action in this regard, Obama condones or supports this action. Here again, this appears to be a violation of the law.

I do not agree with Schmookler’s statement,  “And it’s not as though the issue has been anything ‘extreme’ about his proposals.” When the president’s actions are unlawful and unconstitutional, that is “extreme.”

Obama continually gives Republicans credit for not being cooperative and working together for the good of our country. At the least, I think there is plenty of blame for everyone, since I have not observed any effort on his part to be cooperative.

Lonnie D. Goad, Strasburg