America didn’t lose I
Published: Monday, November 12, 2012, 8:52 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The post-election editorial headlined “Obama wins: America loses (again)” (Nov. 7 and TribLIVE.com) prompts me to respond as to who really lost.
A record turnout in so-called battleground states demonstrated a backlash against those who acted to suppress voting by limiting early voting and challenging qualified voters.
Intimidation didn't work and neither did (sorry, state Rep. Mike Turzai) requiring poll workers to ask for IDs.
It certainly didn't help Gov. Romney win Pennsylvania.
The tea party lost where it supported U.S. Senate candidates who won primaries in Indiana and Missouri but lost winnable races in both states.
For the second consecutive election cycle, candidates were rejected as being too extreme (think Christine O'Donnell in Delaware and Sharron Angle in Nevada in 2010).
Ignorance lost, as those who believe President Barack Obama is not U.S.-born (think Donald Trump), that he is a Muslim or a socialist or worse, can now slither back under their rocks.
Racism in its ugliest forms lost. Xenophobes must cringe while Latino populations vote in increasing numbers. Remarks by Romney surrogate and former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu about that great American Colin Powell were disgusting.
So did America lose, as the Trib opines? This proud American disagrees.
My confidence in straight-thinking American voters soars.
Glenn R. Plummer
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America did lose. But there are those like Mr. Plummer who are so blinded by Obama's unkept promises, they cannot see the real issues and the national tragedy of Obama's reelection. His first term was a failure. Unemployment is as bad as it was when he took office. Our once great nation is weaker militarily and economically than when he took office in 2009. In addition, I do not look forward to living in the European Socialist nanny state that the President is forming, if he is permitted to push his agenda if not through Congress, but through Executive Orders. The number of takers is fast appoaching the number of contributors. With the number of handouts to freeloaders increasing everyday, it won't be long before there are mob riots when the government can no longer afford pay for the handouts. This has already been proven recently in Greece and Spain. Furthermore, what brings you or anyone else to believe the fairytale that photo ID intimidates anyone? There is no evidence that any qualified voter could not obtain a photo ID. Therefore, the only people who are disenfranchised by voter photo ID are those who commit voter fraud. You are incorrect Mr. Plummer. Ignorance won.
Submitted by: William on Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Your letter is further proof that America has lost. People, such as yourself, apparently vote solely on platitudes, rhetoric and dubious narratives. In true liberal fashion, you accuse voter ID laws of being racist and suppressing voters, but fail to explain how they do either (they don't). I would also note that nowhere in your letter do you state any objective measure that qualified Obama to be president for another four years. Did you not care to learn about the issues? Do you like the number of people unemployed and on food stamps? I hope you felt all warm and fuzzy on the inside when the marked dropped immediately following the election. Maybe you'll be able to sleep even better once all the projected layoffs take place.