Letter: Time to repair the damageDuring the 2008 presidential campaign, I dreamt that Barack Obama had become president and was knowingly — or unknowingly — destroying the United States of America.
By: Peggy Steffl, town of Clifton, River Falls Journal
During the 2008 presidential campaign, I dreamt that Barack Obama had become president and was knowingly — or unknowingly — destroying the United States of America.
Thankfully I’ve never been overly prophetic. Rarely has anything that I’ve dreamt ever come true.
I also don’t believe in end-of-the-world predictions or fortune tellers. Even Biblical prophecies are obscure, and don’t have definite, written-in-stone timetables.
In my opinion, there are few absolutes — or as some might phrase it, there are many “shades of grey.”
But is viewing every situation in shades of grey always appropriate?
Barack Obama and his base didn’t believe in shades of grey when the Democrats held the majority in Congress. They burdened the nation with unthinkable debt by passing the stimulus bill and they shoved socialized health-care through, despite massive public protest.
Now, unsurprisingly, Democrats have jumped on the ol’ “shades of grey” bandwagon since the November 2010 elections. It’s interesting to note how often prominent Democrats have used the word “compromise” since their majority in Congress was lost.
One can wallow around in shades of grey, but while the Democrats had the opportunity to ignore any sort of compromise and blindly push an agenda that was counter to the will of the people, they did so with reckless abandon. Now it is time for Republicans to stand firm.
Republicans already have a good start by fighting the Obama health-care bill, which at this point is simply a show of protest, as it will never get repealed until there is a new conservative president. Democrats in the Senate and Obama will block full repeal.
At best, Republicans can make great strides in improving our economy now that they hold the majority in the House. They can block further economically disastrous legislation from the Democrats, and begin to repair the damage.