, Salem, MA

December 5, 2012

Letter: Country still divided

The Salem News

---- — To the editor:

Shortly after the presidential election, Saul Heller wrote a letter to you (“It’s time for the country to heal,” Nov. 20) stating “the people have spoken, and the nation can heal.” Actually, only half the voters in the United States voted to re-elect President Obama. In other words, the country is still split on how it should be governed.

We conservatives and moderates believe in the sanctity of life and marriage. We believe in a strong constitutional form of government that guarantees our individual rights and freedoms. We believe in states’ rights and less government intrusion into our lives and in our economic system of free enterprise. We believe in smaller government, less spending and lower taxation across the board. We believe in legal immigration and enforcement of those laws. We believe in fewer entitlement programs for those who can work. We believe in a strong military and foreign policy to prevent foreign aggression against us and our allies. Obama and the liberal Democratic party do not hold to these principles we foster. He has shown this in the way he has governed.

Therefore, I have to disagree with Mr. Heller. Our country’s people are still split as to how the United States should be governed.

Philip J. Celeste