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LETTER TO EDITOR L.A. TIMES:ELECTION HAD LITTLE TO DO WITH FACTS

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My response to the article directly below. The original article copied below that in BOLD.

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Mr. Richmond,

I just had the pleasure of reading your article in “The Burbank Leader”. I’d like to respond to a few of the statements, if I may. First of all, I have felt “out of step with the masses” for over a decade. So, I feel you on that one. In regards to the first question you pose… “why America so seems to despise our president”. I think “despise” is an overly dramatic description. I think its more that the public doesn’t trust Mr. Obama anymore. He has been caught in countless lies. From the more recent Obamacare hard sell…”If you have insurance that you like, then you will be able to keep that insurance. If you’ve got a doctor that you like, you will be able to keep your doctor. Nobody is trying to change what works.” That is proving to remain untrue. He also made a comment, as a senator, about the Orwellian named “Patriot Act” that his predecessor and criminal, in my opinion, signed into law originally… “Now, at times this issue has tended to degenerate into an ‘either-or’ type of debate. Either we protect our people from terror or we protect our most cherished principles. But that is a false choice. It asks too little of us and assumes too little about America.” and yet he authorized the expansion of the same act. He also didn’t close Guantanamo on “day one” as he had promised. I kid you not, there are 881 more examples of lies by his administration. Also, historically, presidents tend to transcend the party bickering because once elected, they become the president of all the people, not half of the people. I get politicians lie on both sides of the aisle, but that shouldn’t be something that we all come to accept. We need to hold these people, who have ran for and trusted to do such an important job, accountable. Even if it means going against the grain. We shouldn’t be held prisoner to this whole “D” v “R” nonsense. Call it like it is. Abhorrent and lazy is the idea, that one might insert race as a logical reason to not agree with ones policies/ track record. Can Americans not disagree with a man that they elected president without undue fear of being labeled?

Then your finely written article goes on to discuss statistics.

Unemployment. Did you know that the “official” national unemployment statistics do not take into account people who are not looking for work? That is a huge number of people that do not fit into the percentage that gets reported. Much like the CPI index that doesn’t take into account fuel and food costs, both very important parts of these ratios are omitted so they sound better to people just listening to the dumbed down “news outlets”.

As far as the deficit is concerned…there are a few ways to determine that number. Depending on how one would want to skew the numbers to facilitate a point of view…It has gone up under his watch anywhere from $1.2T to $7+T. In any case, it hasn’t gone down. The economy is being propped up by cheap money. How long will that ponzi scheme last….I’m not sure. There are also upwards of 50 million Americans on food stamps/public assistance. Meanwhile, 85 richest people in the world have as much wealth as the poorest 3.5B people. Is that a healthy recovery?

When Mr. Obama was elected, I really “hoped”, (that was the catch phrase, right?) that he would do things differently than his predecessors. As many have come to find out, “Hope is not a strategy”. Thats not my quote, not sure who’s it is, but its a good one. Our system is run by financial interests. Both parties are essentially funded by the same organizations. Why pick one when you can pick both? Then, when the people feel as though they have been lied to, their only recourse is to vote the bums out, “the only alternative to the bums are the scums (gerald celente)”. Americans are like ping pong balls being hit from one side of the court to another, and yet NOTHING changes.

Propaganda, you are correct. Both parties have excelled in that department. Which party has more influence, tough to say. As I’m sure you are aware, both wield large propaganda sticks, and none speak softly, if you will.

In closing, this country is based and was founded on debate. It is very healthy to debate matters of such importance. It is unhealthy to ridicule different views. By saying the recent election outcome, because it didn’t go a certain way, was the result of the lack of intellect in the populous is an unfounded claim to make. While I agree with you in one sense, that not enough people take these matters seriously, I disagree with your generalization.

On a more personal note…Why do people allow themselves to be corralled into one of two groups? Some people vote down the line simply based on whether there is a “D” or an “R” next to the name. More time needs to be spent analyzing the views and more importantly the records of these people who call themselves public servants. Both parties take roughly the same amount of money from special interests, lest we be fooled. Once we as a people snap out of the left/right paradigm that is enslaving us, and use our brain to critically analyze each situation for what it is, as opposed to what our favorite rockstar says it should be, we will move closer to holding these lifelong, public teat draining, politicians feet to the fire. That will in turn change the culture of Washington DC. by electing good people instead of a party line. Until then, divide and conquer shall remain the vibrant call of those who wish to have the status quo remain unchecked.

I look forward to any logical comments you may have.

Thank you sir –N

By Ray Richmond
November 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m.
It’s a weird thing sometimes to live in the United States, particularly when you feel so out-of-step with the masses — as I did on Tuesday night.

My first question is why America so seems to despise our president. They hate him so much that they will vote against their own best interests in state after state that has so benefited from the Affordable Care Act, where countless tens of thousands have been removed from the rolls of the uninsured and now receive health insurance.

Democratic senators and governors were given the heave-ho in these states — and for what? Evidently, because they don’t like the man in the Oval Office. They say it has nothing to do with his race, that it’s his dreadful policies and horribly ineffective governing.

But then there are those pesky statistics about unemployment having plummeted, the deficit having been greatly reduced, the economy having largely turned around. And they have no answer.

Everyone has a right to vote however they want, of course. It’s just that the pettiness and personal attacks that I’ve seen on a president who has really worked wonders considering the obstructionism he has encountered from his right flank leaves me sad for America, for a country that seems to care more about hating the man in charge than about trying to move things forward.

On Friday, we found out that the conservative-majority Supreme Court had suddenly agreed to hear a challenge to healthcare reform a scant two years after affirming it in a landmark ruling. Considering the way the United States tilted this past week, it’s difficult to imagine that this is coincidental. It’s also nearly impossible to imagine that the partisan court will allow it to survive intact.

The whole idea of hating something so deeply that it proves stronger than the love of the larger picture is one that any parent of young children enduring a bitter divorce has been forced to contemplate.

Refraining from bad-mouthing the other parent means having to dig deep and love your kids more than you despise your estranged spouse. It’s a matter of maturity, fortitude, character, principle and understanding a clear difference between right and wrong.

I’m not saying that people who oppose President Obama are akin to embittered spouses. But one can certainly make the argument that — in lieu of a more authentic collection of negatives on which to grab — many of those who voted against a chief executive who has made their lives better are simply buying into one party’s relentless propaganda over all else.

Of course, there are genuine negatives for which to take the president to task. But I’m guessing those matter less to voters than a simple indictment of the man and everything he stands for.

And I’m sorry, but racism is at least a part of it. No president in modern history has been so singularly loathed and treated with utter disdain, disrespect and hostility. Yes, George W. Bush had to field plenty of it, too, but nothing on the scale that Obama has been forced to endure.

But more than anything, I’m left this week believing something I don’t want to believe about politics: that the Republican propaganda machine is so powerful and so effective that it can not only taint the image of a president whose performance has been not nearly as bad as they claim; it can also stoke literal hatred in the voting public. It can also inspire Democratic contenders to scurry away from an Obama endorsement, as if the man’s name has become synonymous with poison.

I don’t want to be cynical about this country. I want to believe in it, in its greatness, in its motives. There are times, however, when simply thinking the United States has its priorities in order is exceedingly difficult, and that more likely it has no greater collective intellect than that of a petulant child. This is one of those times. I hope it passes quickly.

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