, Salem, MA


March 9, 2013

Letter: Obama's missed opportunity


Today, we have elected the first African-American president, an accomplishment that Lincoln may never have thought possible. President Obama is also a great admirer and student of Lincoln, quoting him often. While we all wish president Obama well, it is my sincere hope that his greatest legacy is more than solving the current economic problems or ending an unpopular but necessary war on terror. I hope that his greatest accomplishment is bringing us together and making us proud to be Americans again. I think that men like Lincoln and my father, who fought so hard to protect that label, would agree, that would be his most important legacy.

Now, here we are, four years later with a missed opportunity, a nation with no leadership, more divided than at any time in recent history and in debt to the tune of more than $16.5 trillion and growing. Politicians constantly say that the “rich don’t pay their fair share,” and I wonder what kind of nation our children will inherit. I find myself hoping for a turnaround in thinking, but I have a feeling that will never come. A piece circulated on the Internet pretty much highlights the problem:

Prince of fools

The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but the citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency. It will be far easier to undo the follies of the Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man as their president. The problem is much deeper and more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the “Prince of Fools” should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their president. The republic will survive a Barack Obama who is, after all, merely a fool. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools such as those who made him their president.

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