Insults, invention don’t sway anyone

The March 18 letter, “Obama spending us into the ground” typifies the difficulties we, as a nation, face in addressing the many problems of our current circumstances.

The letter writer cites some demonstrably false figures regarding the budget deficit, decries a “liberal Republican administration” as well as the current POTUS, and then engages in some juvenile name calling. Wherever did the writer come up with all this and how can they believe it is constructive?

It is a mark of our democracy that such a screed can be published for all to read. And it is helpful, I suppose, to see the lengths that those who feel their point of view, no matter how parochial or misinformed, should be the sole determinant of public policy are willing to go to promote that end. But it is doubtful that any truly informed person reading such a collection of distortions and insults would be swayed to change their opinions about anything.

However, the writer is correct about one thing: Barack Obama is the legitimately elected leader of this country.

At least it is a start.

Steve Guinn

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