After spending a year dividing the country into voting segments, after a year of telling people how mean the Republicans are, after a year of not running on his own positions, President Barack Obama would like the country to come together.
After a nod to the special-interest groups (African-Americans, Latinos, gays, women and the poor) who got him elected, he is free to pursue his real goals.
The makeup of his election campaign staff and his cabinet reveal how he really feels about these constituents.
He won’t spend much political capital to secure favors for these special-interest groups. Instead, he will use his political capital to secure his place in history.
Obama fancies himself of the same importance as former presidents Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.
Instead of reaching out to the Republicans for compromise, he has decided to throw the election in their faces and proclaim that it will be his way or the highway.
Somehow his inability to compromise does not earn him the label “A person of no.” The only mandate Obama has is to be president. I think this second term will show Obama as a do-nothing president.
More should pray
We Americans of any and all diverse ideologies could learn from and follow the example of Muslims in their self-discipline regarding their prayers to Allah, their deity, including their belief in a paradise in the afterlife.
Some Americans may have a little too much pride in our dignity and self-sufficiency to bend our knees in private and speak an audible prayer of faith to the providence we claim assisted us in framing our government and the Bill of Rights.
Namely, prayers would go to God, the father; Jesus Christ; and the Holy Spirit, our unseen biblical deity — the trinity in heaven.
We can whisper a prayer for help and guidance in our national dilemmas while driving our vehicles or as passengers on jet liners. We Americans are too dependent on the wealth that a kind providence has allowed us.
We should thank the Lord God more.
Eli D. Byler
In Jason Probst’s “As I See It” column (4-10, A17, “R.I.P., the once-great state of Kansas”), he claims Kansas was heaven on earth because of progressives until Gov. Sam Brownback, a Republican, was elected. It then suddenly went horribly wrong.
His reading of history is both partisan and askew. Historically, Kansas has been strongly Republican dating from when the Republican Party was created out of the movement opposing the extension of slavery into Kansas Territory.
Kansas has not elected a Democrat to the U.S. Senate since the 1932 presidential election won by Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Since 1861, we have had 33 Republican governors, 11 Democratic and two Populist.
Jason Probst is attempting to rewrite history to suit his liberal point of view.
Storms, U.S. politics
There seems to be an odd similarity these days between the climate and politics. In both cases, the extreme seems to have become normal.
We have always gotten freakish storms, floods and droughts. However, they now seem routine.
We used to wait several years for a “storm of the century.” Now we get more than one a year.
And in politics we have always had extremists on both the left and the right. They used to be pushed into the margins of our political system, mostly because of their inability to behave like adults and work with others.
But no more. Now both political parties have been hijacked by extremists who equate pragmatism with soft-headedness. It’s morbidly fun to ponder which new “extreme normal” will push our society to the brink first.
My vote goes to the politicians, for the climate occasionally offers us a pleasant day.
Real war on women
The term “war on women” was used extensively in last year’s presidential election campaign. Actually, the decision to legalize abortion has done more to further the war on women than to protect these so-called rights of women.
Assaults and rapes have not diminished. Does anyone ever check the records to find how many women have died or have been damaged physically as well as mentally and emotionally after an abortion?
Any other procedure that has caused so much damage would have been stopped long ago. More than 50 million unborn babies in America have been killed through abortion since the 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision by the Supreme Court.
The abortion clinics hide under the cloak of wanting to help women when in reality they have become a large money-making industry in our country. Unlike pro-life clinics, which offer free services to women before and after birth, abortion clinics often will perform an abortion only after being paid the fee, which is costly.
How very sad that the rights of our most helpless and innocent citizens are denied so that others may do as they wish.
Leaning to far right
It doesn’t take a political historian to observe the conservative strategy of the last three decades.
Its ultimate goal is cheap labor in this country and throughout the globalized economy. Union busting, both public and private, is done via laws that destroy collective bargaining for public employees and paycheck protection for private-sector unions.
Quality public education is defunded and denigrated, and its teachers, who vote mostly Democratic, are labeled as union thugs.
Trial attorneys, also strong Democratic voters, are attacked via tort reform, which also furthers the profits of corporations through lessened liability and regulation. Social Security is branded as a fiscally unsustainable “entitlement,” when in fact it adds not one dime to the deficit.
Government is decried as big and invasive because it regulates business and taxes its wealthy corporate executives, although at rates often less than their secretaries. Obstructionism and sabotage of anything conducive to helping the economy and middle class are legislative tactics.
Get the idea? If not, you probably have bought the Fox News propaganda that the debt crisis, voter fraud, firearms confiscation, gay rights and Benghazi are America’s downfall.
The conservative/Republican/corporate power structure thanks you.
J. Martin Kerr
U.S. nuclear hypocrisy
The United States telling Iran and North Korea to stop developing and building nuclear weapons is like Amy Winehouse telling Whitney Houston and Janis Joplin to sober up.
The article in the Business section, “When business is (doing) good” (4-9, C1), made an important point about financial contributions. But giving is more than that.
John Neudorf (cited in the picture) is the very busy owner-operator of the Friendly Bean Coffee Shop at Barry Road and North Oak Trafficway. He took a week of his time to travel to Honduras to aid the farmers in roasting coffee.
That personal commitment really makes a difference, and that is what giving is really all about.
Rev. Stephen E. Burger
“Hope and Change,” “We can do it,” party of “no,” Senate neglect. Time to get moving.
Business in Washington, D.C., has been stalled while waiting on detailed budgets from the president, the Senate and the House.
All budgets need to be reconciled and a plan for the rest of 2013, which is now almost half over, must become an actuality.
Both sides have kept promising solutions that will “cost” their constituents nothing. All need to realize we benefited from decades of overspending and under-taxing. Now we need to become part of the solution. We should insist that our representatives be supporters of real action in our government.