To the editor:
These musings will not find favor with some of my family, "almost
family," some good friends and other acquaintances -- sorry about
that! Family is family and they are loved notwithstanding -- same
for "almost family" (and they know who they are). Certainly the same
can be said for friends and acquaintances who have a difference of
opinions. Isn't it great that none of us are cloned? Our gatherings
would be mighty dull, and I am not sure we would want to be with
those who agree with us all of the time.
With these caveats, I proceed with this certainty: My concerns
are not about Republican vs. Democrat -- they are about the United
States of America, the America I have no interest in "profoundly
changing," as has been stated. With all of our faults and foibles,
and they are certainly in abundance, ours is still the best system
of government on the planet.
What would old Tom Paine say about "times that try men's souls,"
if he were with us today.
Currently, we are a rudderless ship -- drifting and bobbing in
the wrong direction, with a captain who has taken "lies, dishonesty,
deceit, mendacity, subterfuge and obfuscation to new depth." These
are the words of black columnist Mychal Massie. Does the "handling"
of the Benghazi tragedy come to mind, when considering the words of
I have stood in awe on the beaches of Normandy, walked in our
military cemeteries all over Europe and in our United States. We see
our men and women come home from Iraq and Afghanistan terribly
maimed and disfigured.
Don't we often think that the dead and the maimed might often
ask, "Why?" Why is there such a fight where and when we can display
the flag of our country? Why does our president apologize to others
about our country? Why can't we display a cross or Christmas creche
or other symbols of other religions and faiths without a few very
vocal minorities telling us how to or not to worship? Why have we
eliminated a National Day of Prayer, so that "somebody" is not
offended? Why do so many Americans work hard to contribute to
"entitlements" to those will not work? Why are illegal immigrants in
line with hands out, getting priorities over our own citizens? Why
has it been necessary to appoint some 32 czars to add to the
bureaucracy governing our country? Why do the taxpayers underwrite
so much nonessential travel? Why do we need 22 assistants for the
first (?) lady? Why the confidential aside to Putin, Russia's
president, saying, "After the election, I will have more
flexibility." What does that mean?
While not on O's watch, why is prayer in schools such a terrible
thing for our children? Why does "political correctness" make a
mockery out of common sense?
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My "why" list is so small (certainly many others have so many
more) in relation to the myriad of problems we face. Four more years
of the present will generate whys in abundance.
The rudderless ship of the good ship United States is in need of
a new captain who will bring aboard a new crew, who paid their taxes
and have some experience in running at least something. Trusting all
may be a stretch, but we certainly have to start somewhere.
Let me assure all, racism has nothing to do with these concerns.
I was fortunate to be raised in a non-prejudicial family. Bring me
an Allen West, the very smart and articulate congressman from
Florida, or other equally qualified blacks whom I would support in a
minute, if I felt they were the best qualified.
Perhaps (maybe certainly) there will be some "zinger" responses.
At least, we have that right in this country without "big brother"
asking the neighbors to report us. Hopefully, this freedom will
never be suppressed. Then again, we just never know how far czars
May I refer you to
I have voted in every election from precinct committeeman to
president since I came home from service in 1946 -- 66 years ago.
Never has an election been so important for the future of our
In past elections it was pretty much about what party would be in
charge. This year we face the challenge of what could fundamentally
change our lives and those of our children, forever. That is what
the man promised: "fundamental change." Times do change and
governing always needs to adjust to changes. Common Sense 101!
Radically changing with a "big brother knows best" is hardly the
change we need. We do not need to keep passing legislation so that
"we will know what is in it."
The choice is yours. I sure know what this old geezer plans to
I am Bill Gossett and I approve of this message!
U.S. Air Corps (not corpse), 1943-1946
November 05, 2012]
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