The office and occupant
I weep for my country as an 80-year-old American and Air Force veteran of the Korean War. I weep, as I was taught to honor the president of this great country, and I have always done that. Now I honor the office of the president, but I cannot honor the man holding that office. This is a person who, three years later, is still blaming someone else. Too busy to talk to the world leaders, but not too busy to be "eye candy" on "The View" or to go to Las Vegas for a dinner when four Americans had just been killed doing their duty. Oh, I forgot — all the problems are someone else's fault.
What he has done the past three years-plus will cost my grandchildren and my great-grandchildren dearly for the debt he has left us with.
When Ike was elected they said we needed a military man, and he was. Now I believe it is time for a businessman to run this great country as a business. We no longer need a part-time politician to tell me I am better off now than four years ago.
I will continue to honor the Office of the President of the United States, and I hope someday I again will be able to honor the person holding that office.
I cast my ballot for the re-election of Barack Obama as president of the United States of America. Why? Because I absolutely refuse to go back to the policies that got us in this mess in the first place.
At the time of his election neither the country nor the candidate really knew the full extent of the disaster. We were losing 700,000-plus jobs a month. Banks were on the verge of collapse. Major corporations such as GM and Ford could not get sufficient credit to continue and were on the verge of bankruptcy. People's homes were starting to lose value as homes all around them were being foreclosed when people, after losing their jobs, could no longer keep up with the payments. I don't think reasonable people would argue those facts.
How did all that come about? Primarily, of course, because the previous administration had been reluctant to impose needed regulations on a banking and investment industry where boys will be boys and greed is paramount. Congress, in the months after, passed new laws and regulations, not nearly as tough as they should have been but better than what had been previously imposed. Wall Street reacted by claiming the president was anti-business, and the Republican Party reacted by promising to go back to the old times if Wall Street would be gracious enough to kick in cash for their coffers. The proof that they have is the millions in Super PACs backing Mitt Romney for president.
The Republican Party, in a move I would classify as anti-American, made its primary goal to block every move of this president that would advance the country forward out of this mess. If the president supported a policy, they would automatically oppose it. They referred to the president as a communist, socialist, dictator, traitor or worse for proposing ideas they had in many cases previously supported and even in some cases actually conceived first. I would call it the height of hypocrisy.
For a candidate, the Republican Party picked one with the traits of a chameleon. Promise whatever it takes to win, but with the behind-the-scenes understanding with its big contributors (like at Boca Raton) that their interests would come first. Mitt Romney as a candidate has been on so many sides of major issues that I as a voter would not and could not trust him on any issue.
That is why I voted for the president this morning. He, unlike the governor, will at least attempt to move away from policies that benefit primarily the privileged few. I want a middle class for myself, my children and my grandchildren that would give us a better chance to live the American dream. What the Republican Party has given us over this past decade and a half is an American nightmare, from which only they benefit and we lose.
Regarding the editorial cartoon "I have binders full of women" (Views, Oct. 22): I'm impressed that the Tribune had the courage to exit the media plantation and endorse Mitt Romney, but its willingness to publish an insulting and unamusing cartoon in which it elevates the Democratic Party's "binder" argument to Big Bird status and purports to legitimize Obama/Biden's ludicrous "war on women" argument is disappointing. It is not Romney who placed a plea on his website to vote for him "as if your lady parts" depend on his election. That would be President Obama, although an adult apparently caused it to be removed from the website.
The Romney campaign has not turned this campaign into a freak show highlighting people such as Sandra Fluke parading around demanding that taxpayers foot the bill for her birth control. She is a woman over the age of 30 who has elected to play the role of helpless, stupid woman in a campaign that apparently believes most American women are equally helpless and stupid. They are not.
The Tribune would do well to seek out editorial cartoons that expose the Obama campaign's portrayal of women for what it is — a denigrating and condescending nonstop assault on women's intelligence and dignity. It appears that the Democratic Party offers women a choice: You can have Bill Clinton, who will act as a traditional groping misogynist, which is bad enough. The alternative is a false messiah, who is a misogynist in a different and more pernicious way. But the Democratic Party has a great response — binders!
Jeffrey P. Meyer