This is a tale of two letters to local newspapers online. Click on the links to see the letter, signatures and, comments about the letters.
To the Editor:
The headline of The Post Standard of Oct. 9, “Hey DC, This Is How Government Works,” comparing the Onondaga County Legislature budget process with the current Congressional shutdown fiasco is — with all due respect — one of the dumbest headlines your newspaper has ever had. It’s like saying “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” is based on real people — the two are not based on the same level of reality.
Seriously, comparing the Onondaga County Legislature and the US Congress? One legislative branch versus two legislative branches? One has 17 legislators (82 percent of which are Republicans) versus 535 legislators (51 percent of which are Republicans). And when was the last time an Onondaga County Legislator held up the business of county government by doing a 21-hour filibuster and talking about green eggs and ham?
Let’s be clear on at least two points. First, the tea partiers who are holding the nation — and the world — economies hostage really should not be in Congress. It’s like a bunch of arsonists joining the fire department. Their only goal is not to serve the public by putting out fires and saving lives, but to burn as many homes as possible — no matter who gets hurt. All because legislatively and electorally they can’t persuade either their fellow representatives or the nation that their ideas have any value.
Secondly, anyone who says this government shutdown and now the potential debt ceiling crisis is the fault of both political parties is making a statement not supportable by facts. Only one faction — the Republican/Conservative/tea party representatives in the House and in the Senate — is causing this government shutdown. There is only one political party in Congress who, acting like spoiled children, is playing games and willing to risk national and worldwide economic Armageddon by having Congress not raise the debt ceiling that would allow the government to pay bills that have already been authorized by — wait for it — Congress itself.
I have just one simple suggestion to The Post-Standard. In the future, you might want to consider putting more thought, instead of baseless hyperbole, in your headlines.
The second letter comes from The Daily Herald in Columbia, TN. You will probably recognize the signature.
You can’t turn on TV or radio, get on the Internet or pick up a newspaper without seeing or hearing about the latest government fiasco, Obamacare. The country has been in upheaval ever since it passed into law and the Supreme Court put their stamp of approval on it.
A couple weeks ago, Ted Cruz and those who supported him fought to free us from this ongoing nightmare that isn’t even functional and may only get worse.
We have become a nation of fickle whiners who complain about those in D.C. never supporting us and then when one, (or a few) of them does, we immediately cannibalize them.
Even before Sen. Cruz started on his 21-hour crusade to defund Obamacare, not only did the opposing party members have their panties in a wad and lambast him, but also the weak-kneed Republicans in the house and in the electorate started yelling that he didn’t have the votes and couldn’t win. I don’t recall any battle ever being won by a defeatist attitude.
History, both biblical and modern, is replete with battles being won against all odds by those who fought with faith and determination. Our own U.S. Revolution was, for all practical purposes, a fool’s errand. Yet Washington and his troops, ill equipped and poorly clothed and fed, defeated the biggest and best equipped military on the planet.
Israel, in the Six-Day War, fought and defeated the combined troops of Egypt, Jordan and Syria in spite of having half as many men, one-third as many planes and one-fourth as many tanks as their adversaries. The chances of them winning were so slight that they prepared graves beforehand for their expected loss of life resulting from the battle. They won because they had faith and determination to stand their ground. They had backbone.
World War II and other examples throughout history have countless stories of battles won against all odds. While these are military battles fought, there are also many examples of individuals fighting for the right thing against formidable opposition and winning.
William Wilberforce is a prime example. He headed the parliamentary campaign against the British slave trade for 26 years until the passage of the Slave Trade Act of 1807. He didn’t give up. He didn’t capitulate. He fought for what he believed in.
I for one hope and pray that Ted Cruz and his supporters will do the same. He isn’t the “radical” or the “fool” that many of those who should have supported him have called him. He, in my humble opinion, is a statesman who didn’t require a guarantee before standing up for what he believed in. He stood for principal which is what he promised when he ran for office. Good for him.
For those who claim to be Republicans and conservatives, shame on you for throwing in the towel and helping this administration foist this boondoggle of a health care joke on us. Capitulation is the tactic of a self-absorbed quitter; not a statesman. I’ll remember those who bailed out when time comes to vote.