Published: Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013
The election is over and America has chosen its direction. Perhaps future historians will unravel the sad mystery that caused such a rapid and drastic change in the values and beliefs that made America great. I certainly cannot.
It is sad that in 2008 a man with no credentials qualifying him for the presidency was elected. He had not run a business or governed a state or a city.
Among his first-term “accomplishments”:
• $1 trillion-plus yearly deficits that ballooned the national debt to more than $16 trillion.
• Unemployment in excess of 8 percent.
• An anemic economy, with the few small-business start-ups.
• Higher gasoline prices.
• A foreign policy that has degraded America's influence and power.
• Unprecedented partisanship in Congress and divisiveness in the country.
Even sadder, his post-election goal will be to continue to “fundamentally transform America.”
The saddest part of the mystery is that the same mentality that elected him will control future elections. I believe President Obama will fundamentally transform America. And we will not like the transformation.
Michael G. Bitterice
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It is truly wonderful that America has taken a direction wherein a black man could indeed rise to the highest office in the land. This is reaffirmation of the framework upon which American is built, that in America, anyone, of any race, any religion, male or female, can aspire o and hold that office. What is truly sad is that people like you hate that direction so much, and in doing so actually hate the nation you offer a lip-service to. It is sad that you buy the lies told to you by the like of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Fox News and the Trib itself, and support the Republican party which has done everything it can to stymie any progress.