To the Editor,
Last week there was a letter to the editor from a young lady in Estherville asking what the voters were thinking when they voted for President in 2008.
My dog chewed up my paper and I cant remember all that was in the letter, however, I remember most of her points. Everybody that writes a letter to the EDN deserves a response. I really do enjoy the EDN editorial page as it features writers from both the left and right side of the aisle.
And occasionally we even hear from one of the Estherville citizens as to what they are thinking.
In response to last weeks letter of "What were you Thinking?..here is my input. Many have said of the 2008 election.
"The voters weren't thinking". But I think it goes a lot deeper than this simple cynical answer. The farther away we get from November 2008, the better the view we have of what really happened and why.
Here are some stats on who voted for President Obama in 2008. He got 53% of the total vote. He got 56% of white women voters. White male voters were 49%. Hispanic voters were 65%. Black voters were 97%. Under 30 voters were 66%. Draw your own conclusions.
Here are some observations I have made and things I have heard over the past 2 and years since November 2008. The emotional euphoria over a "black man" running for the top post in the land was very great in 2008. Many white voters voted for the very charismatic Barack Obama because they felt the nation owed the AA community a debt for slavery, segregation, etc over the past 300+ years.
Like it or not, this is what was said and done. Also, the Republican candidate, John McCain, was a very weak candidate to be heading up the GOP side of the ballot in 2008. ( I like and respect good old John for his Viet Nam War record.but he was not good Presidential material. )
Yes, there was more excitement for Sarah Palin when she came on the ticket late in the summer as the VP candidate than there ever was for dear old John. Most will say the way we nominate presidential candidates in the US does not always get us the best man for our party. McCain, Mondale, Dole, Gore, Kerry and Dukakis are shining examples of how to lose an election by nominating the wrong man.
Obama promised "Change" if he was elected to the highest office in the land. Most will agree we certainly have experienced "Change" since he took office in January 2009. It may not be what you expected or what you voted for..but elections do have their consequences. Both good and bad.
Here in Estherville, there are those who still think Obama is doing a great job. (An AFLAC Duck listening to Yogi Berra talk special moment for me when I heard it.) Others think he is the worst President since Jimmy Carter. (Move over Jimmy, you've got company.)
I think the center of attention should not be on President Obama, his wife's spending or their vacations. Yes, I think their spending and lifestyle in the White House has been very insensitive to the millions of Americans that are unemployed and just "gutting it out" right now. If you voted formyou got what you asked for .Change. Remember, we do get to vote him or down again in 2012.
Here is a quote from the Czech Republic I received via email about 2 months ago.
This is an assessment from a foreigner as he views our nations present situation. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency.
It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such man as their president.
The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America. Blaming the prince of fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of Idiots such as those who made him their president."
Something to think about my friends.