Election results may cause U.S. harm

Letters to the Editor

Let me be among the first to congratulate the Democrats for taking back both houses of Congress and to express my deep appreciation to those who voted them in.

At least we no longer have to be exposed to those horrible, corrupt Republicans with their scandals! And, it is quite comforting to know that terrorists around the world are also celebrating President Bush’s “rebuke” by American voters.
It was so nice of those voters to ensure that the next two years will be filled with one investigation after another of every single thing anyone in the Bush Administration has ever said or done in his entire lifetime. Investigations, subpoenas, possible impeachments — all while our enemies are dancing for joy, believing that with Democrats in control of Congress and Bush a lame duck, they are free to carry out acts that will make 9/11 look like a walk in the park.

By their constant sniping at Bush, harping that “we can’t win” and attempting to destroy our national will to defeat our enemies, the Democratic leadership has succeeded in undermining the president in a time of war and presenting a picture of a nation floundering and hopelessly divided.

It is possible those who voted for Democrats thought they were doing a good thing by punishing Republicans for their scandals and incompetence. They may have even wanted to punish Bush for pursuing a war the mainstream media told them day in and day out was going terribly wrong.

But the end result may be far worse than those voters could ever have imagined. When the Democrats force a pullout — oh, excuse me, a redeployment — of our troops from Iraq, the enemy will follow them back here.
Thank God this crop of “leaders” was not in office in 1941.

Carol J. Labadie
Clovis

Service people are true leaders

I graduated from high school in 1959 and attended Marquette University in Milwaukee. In the spring of 1960, John F. Kennedy visited Milwaukee to campaign for the Democratic nomination for president of the United States.

I wish I could recall with certainty what JFK discussed during that campaign swing. I am positive he did NOT say “You know, education, if you make the most of it, if you study hard and do your homework, and you make an effort to be smart, you can do well. If you don’t, you get stuck on a PT boat in the South Pacific.”

The current JFK, in his speech at Pasadena City College, was caught in the worst possible position any sitting politician can find himself. Sen. John Kerry hasn’t been trapped in some outrageous tale of deceit; rather he is in the untenable position of having spoken what he believes.

He has, alas, told the truth as he sees it. The sad fact is that a significant number of the students listening to him also believe this canard.

Non-commissioned officers in the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, many of them younger than the college students in Sen. Kerry’s audience are daily making split-second life and death decisions in the Middle East. These young service people demonstrate more leadership during one tour in Iraq than the junior senator from Massachusetts has exhibited during his two decades in the U.S. Senate.

R.L. “Rube” Render
Curry County Republican Party chairman