Obama plans to work with the real GOP

Many years ago, Sinclair Lewis warned: "When Fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying the cross."

Once again, I'm commenting on Tom Sears' Veterans Day column. I found his statement: "Barack, you won the election and deserve to be supported as long as your path is in alignment with mine," confusing and more indicative of fascism than a democracy.

In his concession speech, McCain said, "I urge all Americans who supported me to join me in not just congratulating him, but offering our next president our good will and earnest effort to find ways to come together to find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences and help restore our prosperity, defend our security in a dangerous world, and leave our children and grandchildren a stronger, better country than we inherited."

Obama believes the Republican Party was kidnapped eight years ago by an incompetent, highly ideological subset of that party. Nevertheless, he intends to reach out to Republican moderates, who are hungry for change.

As a member of Congress for 16 years, Mickey Edwards was chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee. He wrote, "Since George W. Bush has become president ... Congress _ the branch that is most directly accountable to the people _ had been nearly destroyed as a separate, independent, and equal institution. It seemed to many to have become a virtual rubber stamp for a president who himself seemed to have very little interest in maintaining even the slightest pretense of adherence to the Constitution's system of separated powers."

Republican Congressman Ron Paul said, "the party has lost its way.

``The GOP stood for small government, fiscal responsibility, noninterventionist foreign policy, and no nation building."

Rep. Paul is considered to be an "old school" conservative, but Tom Sears appears to be something quite different.

Jim O'Leary

Delhi

God help America

The Senate just impeached the Illinois governor for trying to sell a Senate seat. Isn't that how most of them got to be senators?

In today's politics, if you raise enough money you can buy any position you desire, even the presidency. Qualifications like leadership, experience, honesty, integrity and an honorable past are not requirements anymore.

The most recent presidential election makes my point exactly. The DNC, in its haste to be first to elect our first black president, may have shirked its constitutional duty to thoroughly investigate the eligibility requirements of its nominees to hold this most powerful position. It picked Obama from the same infamous Illinois sewer, in complete disregard of the above qualifications, plus questionable natural citizenship.

But with unlimited funding, hateful vitriol, twisted facts and good oratorical skills, was able to sway enough uninformed, biased and illiterate voters to defeat a much-more qualified person.

I feel that this is an insult to all who have served our country, and especially the present service people who will have to serve Obama as commanding chief. Not because he never served, but because of required qualifications, and the fact he once wrote, "Should the political winds shift in an ugly direction, I will side with the Muslims."

Shouldn't we expect our president to side always with America? Obama isn't showing much sincerity to his promise to clear Washington of corruption, and bring people together by appointing Hillary the Queen of Corruption to a very critical post. And you won't bring people together if you tax one group and then give it to another. It will spawn class hatred. I guess the Illinois scandal showed why politicians were fearful of government wiretaps. If used too often, many of them would be outed like Blagojevich. May God help America.

Howard T. Lynch

Oneonta

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