published: Friday, December 07, 2012
I'm sad about what future generations must endure
I am sad at the age of 72 because I'm living in a country I no longer recognize.
I am sad because generations who follow me will not be privileged to live in the country which I grew up in and came to love so much.
I am sad because I believe the chance we had to turn away from socialism and back toward individual liberty and responsibility was lost for a long time to come. That ship has sailed.
Obama was elected for another four years, and I believe he will not allow the Constitution or the Congress to stop him from transforming America into a full-fledged socialist nation.
The real long-term danger to the Constitution and our republic is not Obama but a voting citizenry capable of entrusting a man like him with the presidency.
Larry Biddle | Lady Lake
We should never put a novice in president's post
There is a principle taught in the Bible and what the election in 2008 proves: "... do not put a novice in office."
This admonition from Paul to Timothy was concerning the leadership in local churches, and it was vital that the local church not have a novice in position of leadership. It is a true, vital, principle for our country, too.
In 1976, we violated that principle and put Jimmy Carter in office, and we paid a dear price for it. In 2008, we again violated that principle and elected President Obama.
As we look back on the past four years, we have seen a tremendous failure of his policies but he told us it was Bush's fault.
I guess we as a country believed him for we sent him back to Washington for a second term.
What are we to expect for the next four years? He told us in his slogan: "Forward!" Forward with the same failed policies of the past four years and a projected debt of $20 trillion by 2016.
Wall Street reacted to his election with a big sell-off. It may recover somewhat but apparently it doesn't see a bright future for our country.
In the Old Testament, we see the results of a novice in office when Israel had an unqualified king in office and they paid a terrible price for it. It wasn't until the people cried to God for His help did they recover from their plight, and God gave them a good, qualified, king.
I wonder if we will cry out to God for His grace to sustain us for the next four years and if we do, I trust He will give us a good president in 2016.
If you want a more detailed insight to what our country will look like by 2016 see the film "2016."
It will give you a look into our future under this "novice," and it's not a pretty sight!
Thomas M. Cavanaugh | Mount Dora
Citizens should demand answers about death of Ambassador Stevens
I am concerned. As a concerned citizen, I am unable to fathom Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) refusal to allow a select committee be formed in the U.S. Senate to investigate the martyrdom of American Ambassa-dor Christopher Stevens and death of American heroes in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11.
Retired Gen. David Petraeus had an affair and subsequently lost his job. Former President Bill Clinton had multiple affairs while in the White House and had a song named for him: "Stand by Your Man." Condoleezza Rice followed orders.
This is a mirrored smoke screen. What is significant is the shielding of U.S. Ambassador Stevens and the American heroes' deliberate assassination? It's willful cover-up and is there a "Syria fast and furious."
If you are a concerned citizen, contact your U.S. senator demanding a full public disclosure. Why was Ambassador Stevens, based in Tripoli, sent to Benghazi, Libya, and what was his mission?
Ruth Kelly | The Villages
It's sad to watch our senior senators work to destroy the career of our ambassador to the U.N. because of information she stated from our intelligence agencies. They believe that information was incorrect, and she would have known better.
What's hard to stomach is these are the same senators who supported and encouraged our invasion of Iraq, costing thousands of lives and three times more in casualties. All this after several redeployment and stating we should listen to our leaders in the field. They were silent when our ambassador to the U.N. then gave false information provided by the administration to further their cause, repeating how we should listen to our leaders in the field.
This had nothing to do with the millions in funding from big oil, to aid the cause, or to now work to remove the two men most responsible for our nation's safety, and the destruction of our enemies, forgetting to listen to our men in the field.
Of course, this is not a political position, they often state. It's to strengthen our defense and protect America.
At some point, we need to cut the cord on these two senators, who appear to have a different position on what's best for our country. It's obvious that senior doesn't make you wiser.
William G. Campbell | Leesburg