Letter: Obama critics do not take joy in failures
I was dismayed to see Obama critics cast as "dogs rolling in mud" and somehow taking pleasure ("celebrating the scandals") in the president’s grossly inept leadership—editorial comments that appeared under the headline "Change" (June 20 editorial).
I am firmly in the camp of Obama critics, but I can tell you that I (we) take no pleasure whatsoever in what is happening to our beloved U.S.A. Do you think that I (we) enjoy the fact that this country, once the economic leader of the world, has not had a working budget for the past eight years, is drowning in daily-mounting debt, and we know it is the president’s responsibility to procure, through executive leadership and compromise, a national, domestic budget, regardless of legislative bickering about it?
Do you think I (we) feel in any way vindicated when terrorists kill an ambassador and soldiers (beloved sons) on our sovereign soil in a foreign land and his Secretary of State responds to a question from Congress with her own question, "What difference does it make …?"
Do you think I (we) gloat when questions about thousands of weapons "lost" by the FBI—one used to kill a U.S. border agent (a beloved son)—go unanswered by his head of the FBI? Do you think I (we) celebrate the fact that the IRS has systematically delayed the rightful tax-exempt designation of organizations and individuals who disagreed with his agenda, and his IRS director pleads the Fifth Amendment before walking out of a Congressional hearing rather than tell us the truth?
Do you think that I (we) revel delightedly in the waste of hard-earned money by directors and staff of publicly-funded agencies such as the IRS, the FBI and the GSA who—demonstrably—squander fiscal resources? Do you honestly think that I (we) gleefully "roll(ing) in mud" when his HHS Secretary advocates for, among other inexplicable social policies, the unfettered access by our children (daughters of any age) to "emergency" contraceptives without parental notification? And on and on …
Indeed, I (we) get no gratuitous joy, celebrate no "I-told-you-so," exchange no self-righteous slaps on the back, as the editorial implied, when this country—its honor, solvency, institutions and people—is the entity being dragged into the mud. And no thinking person, regardless of political party, can revel in that.
The pervasively dismal performance of this president and his cronies—in so many agencies and so many instances—needs to be confronted and fixed. To criticize those who point out the obvious is welcome; to demean those who do so resolves nothing.
Barbara J. Ettner