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Nov. 16, 2012: Our readers write

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Cooperation trumps polarization

It was disheartening for me to read a letter in Thursday’s edition of The News-Enterprise, titled “No white flags.”

When President George W. Bush won re-election in 2004, with a bit smaller popular vote than President Barack Obama’s, he let it be known that his victory gave him political capital. In that spirit I would remind the writer that Obama has been freely re-elected by a majority.

No one is asking Republicans to give up on their beliefs. However, would it not be better to work with those who won the election? How American is it to wage war on fellow citizens?

You lost an election. Get over it and move on. Democrats are not your enemy; they are fellow Americans. Consequently, the wailing and gnashing of teeth and hunkering down in your bunker plotting your next strategy against your enemy is all nonsense. There are some good ideas on both sides of the aisle once you strip away all of the partisan rhetoric. The Republicans’ idea of an individual mandate for health care comes to mind.

In times of political polarization we need statesmen, not political hacks; and if you think I’m referring to Mitch McConnell, you are absolutely correct. If I might suggest one thing to my “no white flag” friend it would be this: We all need a reality check once in a while. Pretending your opponent did not win, or that his win doesn’t come with a mandate, is both sad and reeks of sour grapes. I have no doubt you are a better person than that.

Steven L. Wright
Hodgenville

 

After the election

The results of the 2012 presidential election voting by Hardin County, Ky., voters confirm my wife and I made the right decision to reside here after we both retired from the military. My thanks to all fellow conservatives who stood their ground alongside me. Even though we lost a battle Nov. 6, we held our part of the battleline as did most of the rest of Kentucky. May the war go on as long as a single caring American conservative still lives.

As a black man, I know that most conservative disdain for this current administation was not about racial prejudice against President Obama’s skin color but the displayed content of his character in the performance of his duties; regardless of what the national liberal media says. I thank The News-Enterprise for allowing constant dialogue in the Opinion Column of this paper which made real ssues well known and allowed caring Hardin County voters to think before they voted. It won’t take very long for reality to surface about the liberal agenda and I hope President Obama shows us a lot more professionalism this time around. The legacy which he’ll leave for all who share his skin color is very important to me and my descendants and I hope he keeps in mind.

In the Old Testament of the Bible, God got sent his chosen people; the Jews, into the wilderness for 40 years because they were disobedient. I pray this country can somehow survive a total of eight years.

Harry M. Braxton
Elizabethtown