Letter: Doing the right thing

Aug. 24, 2014 @ 01:53 AM

To the editor:

John F. Kennedy wrote: “Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past, let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”

Our country has become a shadow of what it once was, not because it lacks the capability to achieve greatness but because it lacks the will. Once a country that held accountability, responsibility and self-determination in high esteem, we have become a country bridled by “entitlement and political correctness.” Instead of a country respected around the world as a bastion of freedom and defender of the oppressed we have become an empty suit, long on rhetoric and posturing and short on commitment. The presidential office of this country, a position once held as the most powerful positon in the world, now takes a back seat to Putin. Lead by elected officials more concerned with appeasement, self-preservation and branding the “other side” as un-American, this country finds itself rudderless in a sea of discontent.

While both parties must share blame for our current circumstance, the current administration has made the problems “transparent.” Both parties are accountable for the failure to address the critical issues facing us today. From immigration to the assault on Christianity and the diminishing respect for the United States around the world, our elected officials choose to blame past administrations, resist ideas from opposing parties, or stonewall rather than take decisive action.

Rather than lead this country through enactment of tough but fair policies that require accountability and self-determination we have an administration attempting to appease everyone and offend no one, an impossible task. The choice is simple: Continue down this path of appeasement and political correctness and watch this country disintegrate into a pathetic shadow of its former self, or work together, Republican and Democrat, to instill in its citizens a sense of pride and self-determination; qualities our forefathers had; qualities that made this country great.

The fact is that the majorities of the citizens of this country just want, and deserve, leadership, not for the good of the “Party” but for the good of its citizens. Sadly today there is no leadership. Perhaps in November you, with your vote, can begin to chart a path to recovery through the election of true leaders, Republican or Democrat, and not another gaggle of “politicians.”

Ron Smith

Lenoir