Letters to the Editor

Weak leaders

September 23, 2009


To the editor:

Why are Democrats still campaigning against former President George W. Bush? Two states, for example, Virginia and New Jersey, are employing the “it’s still all George W. Bush’s fault” strategy. Democrats admit they must benchmark their already abysmal progress against the Bush administration. Apparently, with a 30 percent approval rating of Congress, this strategy is really all they have, at least at this juncture. Cannot House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her far-left base take ownership yet? They’ve been in power now since January 2007!

Then there is President Obama, who by any measure is not fulfilling his campaign promises. I realize he made over 400 of them, but so far most of the big promises he has attempted to keep have not been highly popular with voters, namely independent voters. So what does he do? He continually blames the past administration for everything, from the deficit to the ongoing wars. How is Obama handling the deficit? Well, by doubling-down — at the very least. How about the war in Afghanistan? He has only had eight months to make a decision, and still is wavering.

Obama and his minions are even pressuring Gov. David Paterson of New York to not seek re-election because of his low approval ratings in the state. They are afraid this will jeopardize their New York congressional seats, and taint their entire party’s popularity next year.

The biggest message Americans should get out of these tactics by the Democratic Party and Obama is that it only shows they are weak and lack vision.


Corey Williams 8 years, 8 months ago

The biggest message I get out of this LTE is that the Journal World will print anything.

jonas_opines 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh, why?

They're poor politicians, probably.

mickeyrat 8 years, 8 months ago

I'm still trying to figure out what "the 'it’s still all George W. Bush’s fault' strategy" is, why states have 'strategies' and to what end. Then I'll try to figure out how well the LTE uses evidence to support its assertions, then... naah. It would be more productive to try to figure out why the cow jumped over the moon.

Richard Heckler 8 years, 8 months ago

  1. The Reagan/ Bush Home Loan Scandal http://rationalrevolution0.tripod.com/war/bush_family_and_the_s.htm

  2. The Bush/Cheney Home Loan Scandal http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2009/0709macewan.html

  3. What did Bush and Henry Paulson do with the bail out money? http://www.democracynow.org/2009/9/10/good_billions_after_bad_one_year

  4. Why did GW Bush Lie About Social Security? http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2005/0505orr.html

  5. Reagan/Bsuh Iran-Contra Secret Weapons Deal

  6. http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/nsa/publications/irancontra/irancon.html
  7. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/amex/reagan/peopleevents/pande08.html

  8. Reagan/Bush - Bush/Cheney Weapons Deals

  9. http://www.commondreams.org/views04/0208-05.htm
  10. http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/4120/we_arm_the_world/

  11. Nixon Watergate Spy Scandal http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/politics/special/watergate/index.html

  12. Bush/Cheney PNAC foreign policy document, "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination. Many PNAC members held highest-level positions in the George W. Bush administration. http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Project_for_the_New_American_Century

For the new administration it is about how Bush/Cheney wrecked the economy. It is about how Bush/Cheney and their worshippers being idiots trying to blame Obama for the economy After Bush/Cheney managed to put 8 million people out of work.

This is about the RINO party that took over the republican party and wrecking the good republican name. This RINO party is neither fiscally responsible nor socially responsible. RINO's have taken over our city,state and federal governments. RINO's represent Reaganomics = Wreckanomics by way of tax favors, war and financial scandals.

It's about the NEW RINO party that first entered the scene in 1980 which has cost the nation 15-20 million USA jobs.

bad_dog 8 years, 8 months ago

"Why not just write a blog?"

It's not as impressive as your own LTE hanging on the front of the old Fridgidaire...

jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

The key concept that ol' Tom Shewmon can't wrap his head around is..."hypocrisy."

Firstly, when dub was in office Tom was the leader of the "...but Clinton" brigade.

Secondly, fringies and tea-baggers are out protesting supposed "big government"...where were they when the republican party was wiretapping your phone, handing out no-bid contracts to political allies and swelling the ranks of the czars?

Lastly, if you don't know your past, you're doomed to repeat it.

georgiahawk 8 years, 8 months ago

Thank you Merrill! Now do you understand, Tom? Open your brain, it will hurt at first, but then you will find that it feels good. You will then notice that there is color in the world and it is not just black and white. That reality will confuse you at first, then you will find beauty in it. Don't feel bad about having to go through this process, my children are having to go through it too!

beatrice 8 years, 8 months ago

Funny, but every time I call Tom on the repugnant names he uses in describing President Obama he always falls back on how "the loony left" was so mean to President Bush. ... but, but, Bush!

The LJWorld running this letter is also proof against Tom's primary whine about the "liberal media."

Another poster made this comment yesterday, and it is still worth repeating: “Funny it's September 22 and it's ALL Obamas fault and yet I constantly hear conservatives say September 11th was Clintons fault. Evidently responsibility starts somewhere between 9/11 and 9/22 of the first year of the Presidents term. Could you please let me know what this cut-off date is?”

nomorebobsplease 8 years, 8 months ago

Bea-I had not read that comment. Thank you for repeating it. Now that I've gotten back off the floor from laughing, I may just forward that comment on.....

Ralph Reed 8 years, 8 months ago

Tom, Glad to see you're branching out and giving a whole new set of people a look at your rants. I would reply to the letter, but posters can see it's simply a compilation of rants 3, 7, 8.2 and 2.5. Those have already been replied to numerous times.

Just a note about your 1315. All the report says in your is that people are angrier now than when Pres Bush was in office. It says NOTHING about people being angrier 'with' Pres Obama than 'with' Pres Bush. Here's a short quote to demonstrate what I mean. Would you please me how this supports your anti-liberal / anti-democratic cause?

"Fifty-nine percent (59%) of U.S. voters believe that the current level of political anger in the country is higher than it was when George W. Bush was president.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 22% think the level of political anger is lower now, while 16% rate it as about the same.

Despite frequent Republican complaints about the vitriol leveled at President Bush, 69% of GOP voters say the level of anger is higher now, a view shared by 53% of Democrats and 56% of voters not affiliated with either party. "

Oh yes, as long as you're throwing one-liners.

WOW! Republican Death Wish!


jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

"I'm doing more good with an LTE than a blog."

Well, see...here's the thing....

Define "good" for me.

How's Linwood, Tom? Isn't there a paper closer to you that you could harangue with BS?

jcnovacek 8 years, 8 months ago

"Then there is President Obama, who by any measure is not fulfilling his campaign promises." Really? Shocking. Does anyone?

Ralph Reed 8 years, 8 months ago

Ah, Boris, I was wondering when you would crawl out from behind the woodwork.

Did you even read the article Tom referenced? If anything, you could stretch that to mean people are angrier now at Pres Obama, than they were at Pres Bush. I'm surprised you didn't jump on it.

Also, glad to see you discount a reference simply because you don't like it. BTW, the quote I commented on wasn't from my link, it was from Tom's, so you are actually saying Tom has no credibility at all. Is that what you meant to say?

jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

"Ralph, if you are quoting the Huffington Post you have no credibility at all!"

Boris, do you understand what the Huffington Post is?

Scott Drummond 8 years, 8 months ago

And now, the consequence of the failure of the right wing to police their unhinged kooks:

"AP source: Census worker hanged with 'fed' on body"

All I can think of is the following:

"You've done enough. Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?"

Who knew that I would live in such times? I certainly never expected the return of uneducated and shameless lunacy. Will there be people of the strength and character of prior generations and put an end to this baiting and fear-mongering craziness that the far right inflicts upon us?

weeslicket 8 years, 8 months ago

i mostly stoppted in to see when tom shewmon would self-respond to his own lte. and the answer is:

"23 September 2009 at 12:52 p.m.

998,321 "

also: "23 September 2009 at 12:56 p.m.


etc. etc.

some quotes of interest: "It's not about me," "I could care less" "I didn't intend to get ya'll LJW neighbors in-fighting. snicker " "eldritch" http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/eldritch

and, of course, no statement from tom shewmon would be complete without:


mr_right_wing 8 years, 8 months ago

I guarantee you, in one year everything will still be George's fault, in four years Obama will campaign on how everything is Bush's fault...and if he makes it 8 years, until the end it will be George's fault. (Please disregard the part that a democratically controled congress played!)

It's the usual liberal M.O.: blame everyone else, and Bush makes a great target. Distract the masses from the truth at all costs.

Sad really....

jafs 8 years, 8 months ago

Oh come on, right wing.

Both sides play that game.

It's quite rare to see any politician actually take responsibility for anything at all.

jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

"The czars alone, unsurprisingly, are frightening. "

Why are you frightened about this now, Tom?

Dubya had more czars than Obama does, yet I don't recall you freaking out about it then...I wonder why?

tbaker 8 years, 8 months ago

When was the last time a politician from EITHER major political party did anything other than look-out for themselves and their party? When you measure them by their ACTIONS there is no discernible difference between Democrats and Republicans. They all want to grow the size and scope of the federal government. They all continue to spend grotesque amounts of money we don't have. They all continue to ignore the constitutional limits on their power and do as they please without a moments hesitation. They all put their constituents last on their list of things to worry about, and look instead to pleasing their party and their large campaign doners responsible for putting them in office and letting them make a life's work out of what was intended to be part-time, temporary employment.

Think about that the next time you mindlessly put a check mark next to everybody with an (R) or a (D) next to their name on the ballot.

rtwngr 8 years, 8 months ago

Once again Merrill has cut and paste his usual, ponderous list of anti Bush, anti republican, anti conservative tripe, most of which is nothing but more skewed propaganda from the left. Meanwhile, Obama fiddles while Rome burns. Merrill, you left your heart in San Francisco. Why don't you go get it.

Jason Bailey 8 years, 8 months ago

Tom: You're nuts to post your name and where you live. I'd expect arson on your home any day now. Liberals are very unhappy people who are the first to incite violence against people who disagree with them.

I hope you live in a hardened bunker in Linwood.

jimmyjms 8 years, 8 months ago

"Liberals are very unhappy people who are the first to incite violence against people who disagree with them."

Indeed! Especially compared to fringe-righties.


Flap Doodle 8 years, 6 months ago

The next question is, did scott not know he was repeating a talking point that had been disproved or did he know and not care?

Satirical 8 years, 6 months ago

Looks like we are going to be in Afghanistan for a while...

"Obama Says He Intends to ‘Finish the Job’ in Afghanistan" http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/25/us/politics/25policy.html

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