As a former Bee County resident, born and raised, I enjoy keeping up with the Bee-Pic, online or through family and friends. These last few months in the letters to the editor, it has disturbed me more and more to see some of the biased rambling that goes on against our current president of the United States.
Some of the ignorance and naivete of these Fox News worshippers is astounding to me! If people would take the time and effort to read a book or study up on numbers (and maybe look past race), they would judge President Obama with a fair mind and clear view. Because whether you believe it or not, his plans do favor the working class.
Throughout the campaign last year and these last five months of his presidency, Mr. Obama has had everything from his patriotism to his religion questioned and re-questioned. These arguments are baseless and frankly, worn out already!
Personally, I question the patriotism of a certain governor who cries “secession” when he thinks that rich oil company pals may actually have to pay their fair share of taxes. To me, President Obama shows his patriotism by not sending our troops into harm’s way to a country irrelevant to the war on terror for his own personal gain.
As for the question of his religion, that is a moot point (and for those people who say otherwise, he took both oaths of office to the Senate and Presidency on the Holy Bible, not the Koran). Even if he was a Muslim, so what? For all those who spit out the word Muslim or Islam as if it were a dirty word, then I suggest they visit Arlington National Cemetery sometime, to visit the graves of fallen troops they claim to support. Many of the grave markers bear the symbols of all types of religions, including Islam. Yes, these troops have practiced the Muslim faith and shed their blood for their country as well.
For the last eight years, our country’s values and standards were blatantly disregarded by those in charge, for their own personal interests. Yet many said we should support our president in all his decisions. These same people should now heed their own words!
The bottom line is, no one’s guns have been taken away, no one is being crushed by massive taxes, there are not any massive influxes in the number of abortions across the country and as far as I know, Christian churches are not being forced to convert to Islam. So maybe these expectations are all in vain?
It was once predicted that George Bush was to be an intelligent, friendly president who would look out for the middle-class working folks and bridge gaps with other countries. Like I said, sometimes expectations are all in vain.
So when President Obama sends our troops in the opposite direction of where Al-Qaeda is hiding, ignores a major American city that has been drowned by a hurricane, takes more than 300 days of vacation while in office, squanders a surplus of taxpayer cash for tax cuts on the rich while millions go without health insurance or reads a book about a duck for seven minutes after he is informed our country is under attack, then I could understand the animosity and hatred toward him. Till then, maybe he deserves the same benefit of doubt Bush enjoyed for years.
Debra A. Chapa