We have the government we elected

Feb 27 2010 - 12:59am

There have been efforts in the newspaper to garner more support for the president, but some of these commentaries are also aimed at Obama's opponents.

Some are more polite than other presidential supporters, who during this past year, have suggested that we either support the president, or sit down, shut up, and get out of the way.

Some denigrate the Tea Party movement by implying that it is not a legitimate movement and is an insult to the patriots of the historical Boston Tea Party. They claim it's not legitimate because it was these same people who had elected the politicians who are now the focus of their anger.

It should be noted that the politicians were elected in 2008, before Obama started remaking America. A year later people are angry.

Some disapprove of the anger displayed at the town hall meetings. The display of anger by both of these groups, I believe, comes under a Constitutional right to assemble and protest when citizens feel that their government is not listening to them.

One writer urged Standard readers to decrease anger, insist on truth and avoid being too partisan. Perhaps we should listen to the nasty comments, the hate, and the venom spewed by MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, and Chris Matthews. Watch them for a while and then switch to FOX News. You'll see where the hate and rage is coming from.

The tea party and town hall people have discarded Obama's plans and have turned to a view of what America should look like. Again, the politicians are not listening.

The belief that our health care system is hopelessly broken just isn't true. Do we need to fix some problems, to make improvements, and to solve the problem of rising costs? Yes, we do, but 85 percent of Americans are satisfied with their health care programs and it is the wrong approach to destroy the 85 percent of the programs that are satisfactory to fix the 15 percent that are not. To change the whole system and bring illegal aliens into the new health care system would bring economic disaster to our country. Again, politicians are not listening.

Many people have now realized that our government is controlled by, in my opinion, the corrupt and arrogant House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid gang, and by an ineffective, inexperienced president with no real leadership skills.

The president's people have had no experience in business and have little regular job experience. They do have years of experience in working in politics to further what I regard as their socialist and communist ideas, while living off of taxpayers' money.

The thoughtful and pragmatic citizens are not in hiding, as some suggest. Rather, they are in the tea party movement, the town hall meetings, and are voting in Massachusetts.

We need to seek term limits with a change in their retirement and health care.

Is the anger by our citizens valid? During this past year people have asked for, and sought from this administration, truth, nonpartisan leadership, common-sense actions, just and fair solutions that benefit our people and our country, and transparency in government. None of this has come to pass.

Yes, we elected them, and yes we now have the government we asked for. That's the pity.

Brumley lives in Layton.

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