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Comparison is wrong in anti-Obama letter | Letter

August 13, 2014 · Updated 4:15 PM
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Editor,

I just read Fred Stillwell’s letter dated Aug. 9, “President is much loved? By whom?”

It was Stillwell’s counterpoint to an earlier letter in which the vandalism of photos of President Barack Obama was condemned.

I have to admit that my initial reaction was to ignore Stillwell’s missive as unfounded babble, but on second thought, the striking disparity between Stillwell’s claims and reality could not go unanswered.

In his letter, he stated, “The first comment about Barack Obama being ‘much loved’ begs the question, by whom?” Perhaps he has forgotten that Obama was the first president in more than five decades to win the election twice in a row with more than 51 percent of the popular vote.

It would seem that there are a great many people that preferred him over the alternatives.

Second, Stillwell contends that Obama is detached from “… seven or eight areas of major concern, both foreign and domestic.”

Using the language he used in his letter, his claim is a complete misrepresentation.

To what major concerns, foreign or domestic, is he referring?

Illegal immigration? Obama has deported more aliens than any president in history, and illegal immigration has been on the decline since its peak during George W. Bush’s administration.

So, what else might it be?

Stillwell mentioned ISIS, which is currently being bombarded by U.S. military forces following Obama’s orders. It was also on Obama’s watch that Osama Bin Laden met his end. So it can’t be a hands-off approach to threats developing in the Middle East.

So far, Stillwell is batting 0-2.

Maybe it’s the recovery of the economy. But since the U.S. financial markets have hit record highs recently, the job and housing markets continue to improve, and unemployment drops, it mustn’t be those things, either. 0-3? 0-4 or 5?

It certainly can’t be healthcare that Stillwell is referring to because now a larger percentage of the populace is insured than ever before, and tens of millions of individuals in the U.S. have received rebates from their insurance carriers inasmuch as the carriers spent less than 80 percent of the premium dollars.

Neither can it be the deficit since it has dropped dramatically since Obama took office.

Wait. Perhaps it’s the plummeting GDP … wait … no, it’s up nearly 10 points from when Obama was inaugurated.

Rats.

For the life of me, I can’t come up with anything Stillwell might be referring to when he says that the president is absent.

What is most telling in his letter, though, is his contention that the president warrants no more respect than do the likes of Hitler, Hussein, Mussolini, etc.

Apart from how contemptible it is at face value, it says more about Stillwell — indeed, anyone who would compare a democratically elected president of the United States with a crackpot despot — than it ever would about the president.

For his misrepresentations and asinine comparison, Stillwell should be ashamed.

It is that kind of obstructionist mentality that is devastating our country, and no matter what Stillwell says to the contrary, no one who truly loves this country would engage in or support that manner of folly.

Richard Johnston
Douglas, Ariz.


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