Unquestioning adoration ignores Obama’s faults
February 8, 2009
To the Editor:
This is in response to: “GOP shuns stimulus package at its peril” by Felicia Muftic
Felicia Muftic’s opinion seems to be somewhat biased, which is not surprising. Let me explain.
She hails President Obama’s efforts to be bipartisan and his general good will to reach out, while failing to recognize that that the only side that was bipartisan (representing both political parties) was opposed to the stimulus bill. It seems that Obama’s problem is not getting Republicans to vote, but he is having trouble keeping his own party in check. Not only did the Republican’s unanimously oppose the bill, but 11 Democrats as well. That should cause us to ask the question, “Why didn’t all the Democrats vote for the bill?”
Interestingly enough, Ms. Muftic, suggests that Republicans are viewing the legislative process through their ideologically colored glasses, and Democrats aren’t. Let’s be honest. Everyone has a bias. Everyone views the world through his or her own ideologically colored glasses. It’s called a “World View.”
Although for some it leaves a warm fuzzy feeling to think Obama is altruistically reaching out to Republicans, he’s not. He has his own motives and incentives to include the Republicans. He is viewing the legislative process through his own ideologically colored glasses, as do all the politicians in Washington. It is naive to paint the Republicans as the only ones behaving that way. Let’s remember that 11 Democrats didn’t play along either. Politicians are humans, and humans generally look to their own well-being. We want our best. It’s in our nature.
Barak Obama is our President, our leader, our Commander in Chief, and he’s also human. We need to think critically about his policies, decisions, and the direction he is leading this country, instead of just humming the ever so familiar lyrics of Dusty Springfield’s, “Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying, planning and dreaming each night of his charms.”