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Letter: President Obama should read books, not write them

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Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 12:00 am

This is the darnedest thing I have ever seen. We elect a guy who refuses to execute his responsibilities as president — twice; Syria, punt to Congress; the economy, punt to Bernanke; religion, punt to Islam; abortion, punt to Planned Parenthood; jobs, punt to unions; race, punt to Al Sharpton; health care, punt to Nancy Pelosi; national defense, punt to Vladimir Putin; nuclear proliferation, punt to Iran and North Korea; human rights, punt to Castro or to any tyrant as narcissistic as Obama.

Go back and read the good books, the wisdom of ages. Our founders did; Obama did not. He thought he should and did write them. Mr. President, I much prefer Plato, Socrates, Homer or even Machiavelli to the crap that you are selling. You join your colleagues, Marx, Hitler, Stalin, Castro, Chavez and Guevera and I’ll stick with Jesus and real leaders like Washington, Lincoln, Churchill, et al.

Quit making speeches and do your job!

Jerry Osgood


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  • John Lucas posted at 4:24 pm on Sun, Oct 20, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    One of the main tenants of Liberalism is using critical thinking. Arguments leading to a conclusion must be fact or reality based. Conservatives suffer no such handicap.

  • Andrew Liebich posted at 11:42 am on Sun, Oct 20, 2013.

    Andrew Liebich Posts: 2999

    If 9 trillion was "unpatriotic" and "irresponsible" what does an Opologist call 17 trillion?


  • Brian Dockter posted at 10:26 am on Sun, Oct 20, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    John Lucas stated:

    The more a person views everything through an ideology they become more ignorant.


    Now you're going to explain to us why you aren't ignorant because you view everything through Liberal ideology? And you're going to explain to us why only Conservatives are ignorant because they view everything through this ideology?

  • Mike Adams posted at 1:19 pm on Sat, Oct 19, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1500

    I always thought the gop was just 1 issue away from rotating on it so fast, centrifugal force would tear it apart. Hopefully, that's what we are seeing now.
    Let grumpy old men and those who can't comprehend a statement over three words in length all have their way, thereby splitting the gop votes 1/2 to the Tea Party and 1/2 to the gop! Completely nullify any gains they might have made.

    Go Tea Party!! No Compromise on anything!

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:42 am on Sat, Oct 19, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488


  • Walter Chang posted at 4:50 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1167

    "living color"

    In Stan's monochrome world there are no colors. No grey scale.

    The contrast control is set maximum, so it's just black and white. 24/7.

    You're either with us or against us. Right?

    Us? Think: Tea Party.

    I was a Republican for over 20 years. After Ronnie left everything went to h-e-l-l.

    These days I'm registered as an Independent.

    Once Stan and his like minded ilk leave to follow Ted Cruz into the abyss...

    I may go back and hang with Sam!!!


  • John Lucas posted at 2:50 pm on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Liberals do not mind that you see things in black and white when dealing with your own life. It is especially galling when you try to force your black and white views on everyone else in the name of "freedom". You think you are "victims" when others do not share your views. Nobody whines more than a right winger. BTW, It is a sign of being an adult when one ceases seeing everything in black and white.

  • John Lucas posted at 11:13 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    That sure explains Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina

    Grasping for straws Brian? What about the other Conservative paradises? The truth is that Conservatives always choose ignorance when it comes to sex.

    The explanation for the divorce rate is the same. The more a person views everything through an ideology they become more ignorant. This is why whether its the economy or whatever Conservatives get it wrong. When ideology trumps reason you lose.

  • stan taves posted at 10:34 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 319

    Let me explain it another way for those of you who still don't get it. Conservatives tend look at politics -- and morality -- in blacks and whites. Liberals, on the other hand, will say that conservatives ignore the gray line that separates black from white.. All good, right? Sure, but, as anyone -- paying attention -- ought to be able to see, the grey line just keeps getting wider and wider; until there is no black, no white, just an endless expanse of dull grey nothingness. The TEA Party, clearly, wants to discuss issues in black and white terms. In other words, the line that separates "left" and "right" should be thin and well defined if we are to be able to make informed choices. The left wants to marginalize those who would dare to challenge the status quo -- reckless spending facilitated by borrowed consumption -- and many Republicans (RINOs) are right in there lapping-up the grey-vee as though Christmas has no end -- Well it does. Look! We can live under single party rule, where EVERYTHING turns grey; We can except the 2 party system that exists today; Or, we can challenge the Republicans to either get their act together, or watch themselves get split in half -- not pretty, but sometimes necessary. As far as talking morality? Here's your morality: When "black and white" is clearly defined, the world is seen in living color. That's where I'm at, dude.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 9:43 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Just to address a few of Mr. Taves comments:

    Mr. Taves "suggested" that Mr. Heller should become a democrat if he entertained ANY liberal ideology.

    If my memory serves me, this is a country founded on the principle of freedom of speech. The Constitution does NOT dictate "sides" where people must conform to any specific "party views" or be expelled.

    Mr. Taves implied that Mr. Heller was in the "Go along to get along" camp. That actually makes no sense. Compromise is the manner in which the founding fathers constructed our Constitution. I doubt any of them "went along to get along." COMPROMISE.

    Now I understand there are many die-hard conservatives who would rather adhere to the "give me liberty, or give me death" syndrome. No problem sticking with your beliefs, but that is not how this country is run.

    Although I consider myself left leaning, I also have some very conservative views - I won't elaborate on those in this forum.

    Minor issue. "kit gloves." The expression is actually "kid gloves," i.e., gloves made from the skin of a baby goat (Kid) implying that issues should be handled in a delicate manner.

    We'll leave the personal attack (Looney Libs) alone for now.

    "House of Representatives."

    Fine in theory. How many "representatives" have gotten themselves elected by pretending to be one thing and actually, in practice, are in favor of an entirely different agenda? Just look at Scott Brown in Massachusetts who campaigned on the TEA Party ticket. He actually voted as a moderate Republican once installed in the Congress.

    "Conservatives know how the government is supposed to function."

    Really? Why, in anyone's mind, would they believe this preposterous contention?

    Mr. Taves stated, "The presidents (sic) job, as the executive, is to execute the laws that congress passes."

    Go back to US Government 101. Do not pass go, do not collect $200.

    Mr. Taves stated: "thus the TEA Party"

    Though the TEA Party may have started with some well-meaning moms gathered around their kitchen tables as a grassroots movement, it was co-opted by billionaires with a huge right wing agenda. Most of the original movement have opted out.

    Now we are left with radicals who call for "Obama to put down the Koran, get off his knees, and walk out of the White House with his hands up."

    As far as not knowing who the leaders in our government are, I would be willing to bet the farm on the fact that there are many people of all political persuasions who have no or limited knowledge of anything outside their front doors. (Refer to comment above regarding US Government 101).

    "Supreme Court" Again, refer to comment above regarding US Government 101. I doubt that Mr. Taves has agreed with many of the recent Supreme Court decisions and most likely, as a conservative, has criticized these decisions.

    Mr. Taves stated: "Conservatives, tend to stay married, and take care of their children. They take care of their homes, and their local communities. Most of all, they have an inherent understanding that independence and self-reliance are the cornerstones of a FREE society."

    Largest number of recipients of government assistance and lack of healthcare are in Southern states that are largely CONSERVATIVE.

    And please, don't make me list all of the "conservative" Congress members and Christian evangelists who have been involved in some type of sex scandal/bribery/ethics violations or other.

    "Losing their grip?"

    Hang on for the bumpy ride in the 2014 mid-terms. With the help of radicals like Ted Cruz and the radical remnants of the TEA Party, Republicans will once again find themselves the detritus of the political world.

  • Mike Adams posted at 9:03 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Mike Adams Posts: 1500

    Sam: " Conservatives are tired of Rinos that "go along, to get along". "

    For a political party that is simultaneously losing members and gaining in blame for recent events (or just showing their true colors), perhaps another approach might be selected. This comment really points out what is wrong with the republican party.
    On the one hand they are desperate for any new members, especially members that are of a minority, while on the other, they make every effort they can to assault the very groups they want to join (really, need to join).

    On their present course they've set " Conservatives are tired of Rinos that "go along, to get along"., In the future this could change to "Conservatives used to be a major force in national politics, but drove off all of it's more moderate members while alienating the fastest growing populations of potential voters, African Americans and Hispanics. To their credit, the voting public was able to see past the two or three percent of minority members the GOP would put out in front, and see the right behind them, the same old tired faces, now just older."

    It's ok you're a republican. I was once to. Any other political party would love to have you join them.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:30 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    It's no coincidence that teen pregnancy rates started rising about the time Liberals started telling society they should abstain from having large families. They created this disaster of Whites who abstained from social conservatism which does have a lot to do with larger families and stonger family units. As a result we have minorities trying to fill the void of the shortage of people who need to replace the aging workforce.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:18 am on Fri, Oct 18, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    Mr. Lucas stated:

    States with Highest teen pregnancy rate: New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada,
    Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina

    -55 percent of the teens getting pregnant in AZ are Hispanic. A lot of factors play into this. Social conservatism does not necessary dictate lower or higher teen pregnancy rates. In fact, Hispanics tend to have stonger family units because of their social conservatism. And their mainly Catholic followings which discourages birth control medicines. Also, they don't buy into the Liberal belief the sky is going to fall from having many children.

  • Sam Heller posted at 8:01 pm on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Stan, I love our country. I am a Vietnam Vet. I actually love our country MORE that I love my political party. I am a Republican who HATES the Tea Party. If lovin my country more than my political party makes me a RINO in your eyes then I welcome that label.

    As for family values, seriously Stan, is that something you want to address?

  • Sam Heller posted at 7:07 pm on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Stan, I am a PROUD USA citizen ...Vietnam Vet . I love my country MORE than I love my political party. If loving my country more than the Tea Party crap labels me as a RINO ... well amen.

    As for family values? Seriously Stan, you want to go there?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:50 pm on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Mr. Taves statement ranks right up there with Mr. Kinderman's previously (and often) stated contention that "only conservative women have morals."

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:47 pm on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Unless you are related to me, Mr. Taves, don't call me Jo Bob.

    You sound completely assinine.

  • John Lucas posted at 11:17 am on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Another "Make up stuff with Stan Taves"

    Stan said:

    Conservatives, tend to stay married, and take care of their children.

    States with highest divorce rate: Alaska, Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nevada, Maine, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi

    States with lowest divorce rate: New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, New York, Massachusetts, District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Maryland, California

    States with Highest teen pregnancy rate: New Mexico, Mississippi, Texas, Nevada,
    Arkansas, Arizona, Delaware, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Georgia, South Carolina

    States with Lowest teen pregnancy rate: New Hampshire, Vermont, Minnesota, North Dakota, Massachusetts, Maine, Wisconsin, Iowa, Rhode Island, Connecticut

    As usual, the reality on the ground does not match the reality in Stan's mind.

  • stan taves posted at 9:10 am on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    Stan Taves Posts: 319

    The use of the word "crap" has been part of the American lexicon since long before Jo Bob was even born -- Of course, as far as Ms Bobin concerned, Stan is a 4 letter vulgarity, also. Sam, if you want to side with the libs then you need to become a Dem. Conservatives are tired of Rinos that "go along, to get along". Sam thinks that conservatives are disrespecting Barack Obama; but the truth is, that since the beginning, Republicans have been wearing kit gloves when dealing with this President. Jerry is right when he criticizes Obama for being incompetent -- no need to review the long list of leadership failures. Now, here's what the loony libs need to understand: Conservatives know how the gov't is supposed to function. 1st, it's called the "House of REPRESENTATIVES" because it's members are charged with the responsibility of REPRESENTING their specific constituents. The presidents job, as the executive, is to execute the laws that congress passes. If congress can not agree on any particular law then the executive -- that would be Obama -- is supposed come in and direct the settlement. The argument today, is about the size and scope of gov't. The left wants to raise taxes and grow gov't -- Obamacare being just the latest of hugely expansive initiatives. On the other side, Conservatives believe that if the federal gov't can't manage with $ 2.5 trillion per annum, then the gov't is doing something very wrong; thus the TEA Party ( Taxed Enough Already ). Who will win the argument? Well, on the left you have lots of people who don't know who Biden is, they don't know who Hagel is, they don't who Harry Reid is, or Nancy Pelosi. They don't know what states right are. They don't understand the role of the Supreme Court; and they, sure as hell, don't that John Roberts is the Chief Justice. They do, however, know how to milk the system for everything they can get; but c'mon, can you really win the "argument" with that? On the right, we have people who work -- and have money. Conservatives, tend to stay married, and take care of their children. They take care of their homes, and their local communities. Most of all, they have an inherent understanding that independence and self-reliance are the cornerstones of a FREE society. The point is that the left must rely on those who have nothing, and know nothing, in order to maintain their tenuous grip on power. Yes, they have held on thus far, but the grip is clearly beginning to slip. It is painful to watch as they kick and scream, and blame to the Tea Party for their folly; but hey! it is what it is.

  • John Lucas posted at 8:33 am on Thu, Oct 17, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730


  • Walter Chang posted at 8:09 pm on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1167


  • Sam Heller posted at 5:02 pm on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    I am a 42 year Republican. I HATE the Tea Party. Quit hijacking my party ... get your own party. A third party ... now that's a novel idea. You insult our President ... look at your Ted Cruz ... a Canadian born politician who has no problem crashing our economy.... because he can ? .... who pals around with Sarah Palin. I want our party leaders who can represent my values BUT can play well with others. I hate the "my way or the highway" attitude. That is a sign of extreme ignorance.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:32 pm on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Whatever "grass roots" hold the TEA Party has had is quickly diminishing as normal people jump ship.

    If you saw the video of the "rally" in DC you would see that it is now overcome by radical right wing trash who are calling for the president to "put down the Koran, get up off his knees, and walk out of the White House with his hands up. All with the backing of big money (Koch Brothers).

    The amount of ignorance I saw was astronomical.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:23 pm on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Yes, Mr. Kindseth. Do you know the definition of vulgarity?


    1. characterized by ignorance of or lack of good breeding or taste: vulgar ostentation.
    2. indecent; obscene; lewd: a vulgar work; a vulgar gesture.

    Most "vulgarities" refer to body parts/acts/functions.

    Last time I looked, "crap" was one of those. So yes, it is a vulgarity.

  • John Lucas posted at 10:16 am on Wed, Oct 16, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Jerry, he did his job. He stood up to the Tea Party wackos in the House of Representatives and made it very clear that these extortion tactics will not be put up with. As we speak they are setting a speed record for folding their tent and running away with their tail between their legs. He set a precedent for future Presidents both Republican and Democrat that extortion tactics will not work. This beat down of the Republican Party so bad that there is little chance of them winning the Senate and The Democrats have a real shot at the house. I think you believe the stuff you write but there is such a thing as reality. This was a huge loss and a major embarrassment for the Republican party. President Obama orchestrated the Republicans terrible defeat and that is why he is a good leader. BTW, His signature achievement, Obamacare, is up and running and in spite of this futile attempt by the Tea Party extortionists it is going to be a success. Have a nice day, Jerry.

  • John Kindseth posted at 10:33 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    John Kindseth Posts: 245

    "Vulgarity" ??????

  • Jien Kaur posted at 4:54 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Jien Kaur Posts: 307

    I believe that Mr. Osgood has, in the past, cried out for the tea party to come forward and take over the government.

    As we see over the past two weeks, they have. And this is what one of those tea party people had to say at there rally over weekend:

    Klayman claimed America is “ruled by a president who bows down to Allah”

    “I call upon all of you to wage a second American nonviolent revolution, to use civil disobedience, and to demand that this president leave town, to get up, to put the Quran down, to get up off his knees, and to figuratively come out with his hands up.”

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:18 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Care to explain that comment, Mr. Dockter?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:18 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I'm flabergasted - after the parade of ignorance and FOX News talking points demonstrated by many of the letters on Saturday, now the LNS allows a four letter vulgarity to be printed in their newspaper.

    It just never ceases to amaze.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 8:26 am on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2857

    I think you're asking too much of Obama, Jerry Osgood. We can't even get him to proofread the books he writes.


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