2008-10-10 / Letters

A Waste of Paper And Ink

Dear Editor,

It seems that week after week, you continually use your barrels of ink and reams of paper to assert your opinion that the Honorable Senator from Illinois is unqualified and unworthy to serve as President. Yet, in my mind, you have yet to articulate sound, substantial support for your belief.

Experience, you say? Well, let's examine the experience of the sitting President. What exactly were the results and outcome of his experience? Hint: War, mass corruption, lies, a severely faltering economy, bankruptcies, global animosity towards the U.S. - just to name a few. Oh, did I mention war and myriad rumors of war?

So experience as the qualifier, or even disqualifier, has how much merit, really, in assuring, determining or guaranteeing political success, integrity or meaningful social progress for the majority? Most of the Republicans (and Democrats, to be fair) who have been caught up in political, ethical and moral scandals during the last eight years have been some of the most experienced pollies, haven't they?

It's amusing how many historical and registered Democrats (not you necessarily) are using "inexperience" to justify their unwillingness to cast their support behind Obama but ignore Palin's inexperience when justifying their choice to cross party lines and vote Republican this year. They justify their non-support of Obama by saying that her experience as Governor weighs more significantly than Obama's as U.S. Senator. They say that it's wrong to support a man simply because of his ethnicity and yet they won't support him because of that same ethnicity. Or they support Palin simply because of her gender. I dunno. The human mind can rationalize anything.

A title is just a title as we are beginning to finally learn as we see financial, social, political, academic, religious and corporate institutions devastated and run into the ground under the guidance and direction of qualified individuals who have all the credentials and experience.

Sir, if you choose to exercise your Constitutional right by not voting because you have something against Columbia graduates, (i.e. Obama) then aren't you actually voting for the Republican status quo?

If you choose to "stay home" this Election Day, isn't that an endorsement of the Republican sameness?

You mean you and those like you would rather perpetuate the wars, corruption, lies and global animosity of your beloved country by not casting a vote for a Harvard graduate?

Or is it because he's from Illinois? What do you have against people from Illinois?

There is an adage that is most appropriate in describing you, my dear editor, and those who think like you: "If you're not part of the solution then you're a part of the problem."

On November 4, go ahead and vote for Obama. You'll feel better the next day.

TIMOTHY AARON-STYLES

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