Archive for Saturday, November 10, 2012

Letter: Rewriting history

November 10, 2012


To the editor:

Readers of the Journal-World are accustomed to editorials that reflect what is at best a hazy and quite often erroneous portrayal of past events. However, Thursday’s editorial screed, “Promises pending,” may set a new standard for both petulance and misrepresentation.

Yes, we understand that the owner/publisher’s candidate did not reclaim the presidency for the Republican Party. I’m happy. He’s not. But to blame President Obama for the polarization of the past four years and the ongoing divisions within this country, given the avowed goal of such individuals as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (who famously said in 2010 that his top goal was to ensure that Barack Obama was a one-term president) to do everything possible to obstruct efforts to resolve our nation’s problems, is an astonishing distortion of recent history.

Ditto the claim that the Democrats reached some new high (or low) in demonizing Mitt Romney. Surely, someone recalls the “Swift Boat” campaign that contributed to sinking John Kerry’s candidacy in 2004? Ditto the assertion that President Obama did not receive a mandate since the “popular vote was relatively even.” A quick look at the past 20 years reveals that only former President Bush’s victory in 2004 (50.73 percent, which he claimed WAS a mandate), President Obama’s victory in 2008 (52.87 percent), and now his 2012 margin (50.4 percent quite probably adjusted upward when the Florida numbers are final) reached the 50th threshhold. In this fractured electorate, his victory Tuesday was a mandate in my book.


Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

Conservative/Phoenix/moneyfornothin' ... Still wanna play?


Cait McKnelly 1 year, 5 months ago

Texas is starting to saber rattle and call for secession. Kansas needs to go with them and take Oklahoma and Arizona with you. Then you can make the United States of Koch and frack and mine and dump toxic waste to your heart's content. I highly doubt the rest of the country will care enough to mount another Civil War to prevent it. It will be more like "good riddance to bad rubbish". Sam Brownback will play footsie with Rick Perry and all of their psuedo Christian friends will be able to put stocks in the village square again. They can start building Chinese style factories and go into competition.

Unfortunately, the rest of the US will have to close it's borders. So don't let the door hit ya in the rear on the way out. Was (not) good knowing you.


Mike Ford 1 year, 5 months ago

nice to know one party always says no to crazy because other party won't accept they lost and stop proposing crazy. you lost....stop being a sore loser and blaming those who beat're the ones obstructing......give up and cooperate for once.....just like those stupid stickers I saw growing up in Louisiana and Mississippi....the south is not going to rise again.....the gop is to blame here. your ideas with it.....


lunatic 1 year, 5 months ago

Hey Liberty! The obstruction comes from Harry Greed. How about passing a budget!!!


Liberty275 1 year, 5 months ago

As long as the House continues obstructing him, the most damage Obama can do to this country is by fiat or if a SCOTUS judge resigns and he can get a nominee past the senate.

No worries.


tange 1 year, 5 months ago

"In this fractured electorate, his victory Tuesday was a mandate in my book."


Love the donkey
or the GOP
It depends on your State's density



verity 1 year, 5 months ago

Methinks we have another phoenix rising. Maybe someone who left in a tantrum worthy of any two year old just a few days ago?


Idiot_Majority 1 year, 5 months ago

I don't disagree at all Obama has a mandate and the above numbers. We are now (and have been for several years) a nation comprised of a majority of idiots, have-nots, losers, whiners, freaks and moochers.


CastleRock 1 year, 5 months ago

"Even so, the nation remains split. Although Obama won the electoral vote, the popular vote remains relatively even. Obama did not receive a mandate".

The above are quotes from Dolph's editorial yesterday. Given are some numbers to chew on....

Obama - 61,681,462 votes (51.33%) (percentage excludes third-party candidates) Romney - 58,488,199 votes (48.67%) (percentage excludes third-party candidates)

The above numbers are updated as of this morning. The spread has continued to trend upwards from 2.25% (the morning after the election) to the current spread of 2.66% (51.33% - 48.67%). The 2.66% is higher than the 2004 election spread of 2.49% between Bush/Kerry.


Abdu Omar 1 year, 5 months ago

In mine too, but then we won, they didn't! Let the republicans bring for "IDEAS" other than "NO" and maybe next time they will have a mandate.


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