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From: James Atkins
Received: Oct. 11
Well, my bucket is full. Last week’s editions beginning with John Krull’s article on Sunday, Thursday’s column by Lesley Weidenbener and the letters by Mr. Fox and Mr. Scarbrough have been more than sufficient to fill it. That combined with your choice of editorial cartoons really put things over the top.
To summarize them all: Everything about the government shutdown is the fault of the Republicans. It’s not the fault of the president because he is willing (publicly) to negotiate but in private (I will not negotiate) — Republicans’ fault. Senate leader Reid will not negotiate — Republicans’ fault.
Going back to Krull’s article, he states that since the Affordable Care Act became law, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and the re-election of President Obama, we should just accept it and shut up. Well, I haven’t forgotten how this law was crammed down our throats.
The Democrats had control of all branches, including a bulletproof majority of 60 in the Senate. The House passed the Affordable Care Act, and it went to the Senate.
Ted Kennedy dies, and Scott Brown (Republican) is elected to replace him (this in a state with a super majority of registered Democrats) and is determined to vote against the health care law, breaking the Democrats’ 60-vote stranglehold and stopping the law. Avoiding the inevitable, Reid agreed to accept the House version of the Affordable Care Act, thus assuring its passage and signing by the president.
All of this was done despite multiple polls that reflected overwhelming resistance to this legislation. And not one Republican congressman or senator was permitted to provide any input in the formation of this monstrosity and not one Republican voted in favor of it. The act was passed with all Democratic votes.
Krull seems to think that once a law is passed, it can’t be repealed. We are not in Babylon. I wasn’t around, but I seem to recall we used to have a law called prohibition, and (gasp) it was repealed. That being said, I do agree that passing bill upon bill in the House to repeal the new health care law which were dead-on-arrival was a waste of time better spent on something else.
Lastly I must state I was deeply offended (and I’m sure I’m not alone) by Krull’s statement that this battle over health care is not the only reason conservatives, tea party members and Republicans are “willing to overturn national elections, risk wrecking the economy, alienate key constituencies and betray core values” is because we are “frightened by his race, his ‘otherness.’”
I resent being called a racist simply because I disagree with the president. I could care less what race anyone is; just be conservative in your decisions, which is not the direction nor actions of Obama.
Surely Krull, in all his articles published in The Republic where he bashed Republicans and conservatives, couldn’t he have found better words to explain our resistance to the president’s agenda other than using the race card. And what does he mean by his “otherness”?
As the head of the Franklin College Department of Journalism, would he expect any less from his students?
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