Rick Santorum was screeching the other night about how our American Republic is no more, and only Mitt Romney (now) can restore it. He used to say only he could do that but of course that’s a whole other issue.
The illegal,” unconstitutional Obamacare” was Armageddon a year ago, according to John Boehner. Then it was the “largest middle-class tax increase in history,” per Mitch McConnell, ”though no longer unconstitutional.”
A quick perusal of our own letters to the editor suggests that some, if not a lot people, go all those guys one better.
“I feel as if we live in a dictatorship,” says one writer. It’s unclear just what specifically informs that opinion except that the writer doesn’t believe Obama’s birth certificate is genuine. What are some other signs of living in a dictatorship, I want to ask that person. Have storm troopers come to your house at 4 a.m., taken away your son or father or your dog and you haven’t seen any of them in six years? Did something like that happen to you? Have you been jailed for writing your opinions in a newspaper or for saying them in a speech on the street corner? Anything like that ever happen to you or yours or anyone you know?
Another notes that “we won’t have any worries about our children’s future, because there won’t be one.” Same questions for that individual. What exactly has happened to you that gives you that bleak outlook for the future? You sound as though you have already suffered incalculable pain, ruin, destruction and hopelessness — and your government, especially the president, is directly to blame. Have any or all those kinds of things happened to you? If so, there’s a real story there, and we should be printing it. If it’s that bad, everyone should be alerted and aware so we can take action. But, there have to be some specifics to take action against.
One that is so gross, it almost doesn’t bear acknowledging Obama is not “his president and that he is a terrorist POS.” It took me awhile to translate POS, but here’s someone who clearly has been harmed beyond measure by the president. This individual obviously has been the victim of some unknown act of terrorism caused if not carried out by Barack Obama — and yet we’ve never heard of any such thing, right here in El Dorado County. The same writer goes off on the African American “welfare race”among others that Obama represents. What exactly has made you so angry and is there really nothing you can do about it? I want to ask.
The writer that started the most recent avalanche of dire predictions states that if Obama is re-elected and continues as president, “the Amercan Republic will cease to exist.”
I look around me, and I notice that most everything is the same today as it was yesterday and last year and last decade and last century. Some things have really gotten better, much, much better. Some things have no doubt gotten worse, but on balance, I’d say the ratio of better to worse is about 100 to one.
The Great Depression was much harder on this country than any subsequent economic tribulations. World War II killed several hundred thousand Americans and wounded who knows how many more. Funny that neither of those events led to the downfall of the Republic. The Cold War stretched on for 40 years, and we didn’t succumb to a withering collapse. The Vietnam War and civil rights agony of the ‘60s hurt a lot, but I don’t recall anyone of consequence suggesting it was the end of our great nation. And it wasn’t, not even close. My goodness, Richard Nixon resigned before being impeached and we survived. The 9/11 attacks happened almost 11 years ago, and there were all sorts of claims that our lives would never be the same. And they were right — in some ways. Air travel is a much bigger pain in the butt. I can’t think of much else that has changed significantly that affects everyone or most of us. Not counting wars, but then there have always been wars, and we haven’t come apart yet. Think of the Civil War. That could have been the end of the Republic but it wasn’t.
So where are these people coming from with this doomsday stuff? I can understand some, such as our letter writers. I cannot understand people like Santorum or McConnell or Boehner. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. Either they don’t know the impact of their words on some people or they do and are OK with it. If it’s the latter, they should really be ashamed.
Chris Daley is a staff writer and columnist for the Mountain Democrat. His column appears each Friday.