By Doug Barry
June 10, 2008
"The Democrats are Stuck with Obama" intones regular
Sitnews letter writer Mark Neckameyer. Right now, I'd rather
be stuck with Barack after being stuck with George for eight
downward spiraling years.
Neckameyer claims internet blogs prove Obama's connection to
the "mob"; beware of what passes as "fact"
in most internet discussions -- many web-based articles are the
rantings of overly emotional and reactionary conspiracy theorists
-- similar to the likes of Neckameyer.
He speaks of Obama's lack of experience; G.W. didn't have much
before he became President -- 5 years as governor of Texas (the
ex in Texas apparently is short for excessive executions). Obama,
by the way, has seven years legislative experience under his
belt going into the Presidential nomination process compared
to Bush's 5 at the time he began running for the office.
Nice folks George W. surrounded himself with during his administration's
reign -- Cheney, Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz -- all masters of deception
and war-mongering propaganda who would not listen to military
advisers, scholars of Middle East culture or history, much less
the intelligence facts. Read the accounts in the book "Fiasco"
(represented by all political walks of life) and you'll have
no doubt how criminal the impulsiveness of the Iraq war truly
was and how tragic the lack of strategy there still is for Iraqis
and American soldiers alike (our son was among the first Marines
to set foot in Baghdad in 2003).
How we, as Americans, allowed ourselves to be hoodwinked into
such an expensive disaster -- lives, economy, geopolitical standing
-- still amazes me.
But it doesn't really matter to me if it's Obama or McCain who
gets to be our next President. Either way, it will be a relief
to have someone in the Whitehouse who can at least answer a question
extemporaneously and intelligently without tripping over his
own ideology. And don't even get me started on the subject of
Presidential religious affiliations.
Free speech is a blessing. But sometimes I wish Mr. Neckameyer
would find something more constructive to do with all the spare
time he seems to have.
About: "Born and raised
in Ketchikan where it rains 13' a year; now lives in Bend where
it rains 13" a year."
Received June 10, 2008 - Published
June 10, 2008
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