I am concerned with the spate of rabid anti-Obama letters that have appeared in the Standard-Examiner in recent days (March 23, "Obama's taken over nation completely," and April 1, "Letter writer told it like it is"). These letters neglected to mention that President Obama was elected twice by sizeable majorities of the popular vote and even greater victories in the electoral college. If they are representative of how the paper's readers feel about our elected president, northern Utah is in for some truly ugly times.
To say that President Obama is taking away our liberties, at best shows a total ignorance of American government and history and at worst borders on paranoia. The framers of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights guaranteed that we could not be ruled by a dictator. Separation of powers among the three branches of government precludes this, and federalism ----the division of sovereignty between the national and state governments----further dilutes the power of one person.
It's unreasonable for right-wingers to condemn the president on the basis of his policies, since most of them were at one time espoused by Republicans. So it must be personal.
Comments excoriating LDS leader Dieter Uchtdorf for being in the presence of President Obama are even scarier. The LDS Church's endorsement of the Utah Compact, calling for a kinder, gentler approach to immigrants coincides in some respects with the Obama approach. National Republicans are now coming around to this view, probably to avoid becoming irrelevant in future elections. Utah Republicans are becoming outliers on this issue.
One wonders whether the powerful special interest groups in Utah, that have in essence ,created one-party government, have not sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind.
Vance C. Pace