published Thursday, November 29th, 2012

Obama looks out for everyone and other letters to the editor

Obama looks out for everyone

The head-in-the-sand Tennessee voters displayed their "Whac-A-Mole" thinking as the constant shape shifting Mitt (tell-'em-what-they-want-to-hear) Romney made it difficult, if not impossible, to know just where he would lead the country. This happened across the Bible Belt South even though non-Christian Romney and Christian Obama battled for an intelligent ideology on the direction this country should go. Clear- headed thinking lost the battle in these states, but fortunately won the war as better informed voters in the battleground states prevailed.

As one of the clear-headed Christians in Tennessee, I am appalled that single-issue blocks of voters (abortion or same-sex marriage) would vote against fair taxation, environmental projects, health care for all, male/female equality, fair immigration laws, fiscal responsibility, insurance reform, intelligent foreign affairs policies and a stronger middle class. Why would anyone vote against themselves?

While Romney wanted to cook up Big Bird for his Thanksgiving platter, our president was leading the country to avoid flying off the "fiscal cliff." He is using forward-thinking ideas and intelligence to solve problems rather than dote on hot-button issues to influence the heads-in-the-sand electorate.

Need another example? The re-election of Scott DesJarlais. Talk about hypocrisy!


DesJarlais gets unfair treatment

Politicians have often said that if you can get your name in front of the public often enough, they'll remember it when they enter the voting booth. Thus, signs galore before elections.

With this in mind, Dr. DesJarlais will not have to worry about many signs. We will know his name.

However, it appears that, whenever possible, your paper will portray him in a negative manner. I base this on your placement of articles from "Rants" to headlines.

Your paper seems to be following a national trend to "use" the news to its desired ends, i.e., shape and headline what you agree with and bury anything else.

Whether good or bad, your editorials may well have affected the outcome of prior elections. One lost by only 46 votes the day after the Free Press page negatively editorialized him.

The election is over. DesJarlais won convincingly! His past is past.

If you like salacious news from the past, try to chronicle all of RFK's lurid encounters. Future boasts may not be, "My ancestors came over on the Mayflower," but rather, "My grandmother slept with RFK."

Your obvious bias may only strengthen Dr. D's position. Find news that's new.

W. RICHARD BARGER, Monteagle, Tenn.

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GARY L. FISHER, your letter is an interesting contrast to the one below.

W. RICHARD BARGER, so let's see you want the paper to shut up and stop criticizing DesJarlais?

Why? Do you think that Paper's should have no influence whatsoever, or do you just want to make excuses for Desjarlais because of what he says, rather than what he does?

RFK, to the best of my knowledge didn't run on a platform which he completely ignored in his personal conduct.

November 29, 2012 at 12:42 a.m.
Livn4life said...

Richard Barger, I get your point but the media's point is a distinction in who commits transgressions. When a leftist Democrat is the perpetrator, even when proven to be guilty, he or she is portrayed as only human, not to be judged. This is the case even when the leftist Democrat continually denies the obvious. When anyone other than that is even accused, hate is spewed, discrediting takes place and that person is villified and basically told to step down or else. This is the political climate we live in with a double standard whereby the past is the past...only for leftist Democrats and all others continue to be demonized as never changing. continue to fail to see, the issue is not not criticizing or influencing, nor making excuses for ones who fall. It is rather being equal in attacking or "pointing out" indiscretions among politicians. There will be a point in the future when all of this backfires. Meanwhile we wait and see how the new version of Hope and Change works, brought on by the wise voters of the US who, unlike dummy Tennesseans(see Gary Fisher above) voting for...dare I even type the R word, who put the president back in for four more years.I believe there will also come a time, maybe soon, when Americans will have wished they paid attention to things such as integrity and what was accomplished by politicians. But that is another whole matter entirely.

November 29, 2012 at 6:59 a.m.

Sorry Livn4life, but the narrative is completely different than your representation.

When it's a liberal Democrat, the right savagely attacks them, even when there's no harm at all committed, such as the recent case with the former Cabinet member who had a seizure, meanwhile if a single conservative Republican is criticized, for any reason, no matter how valid, the right-wing noise machine jumps up and screams about persecution and inequality, all while doing their best to get us to ignore the hypocrisy and venom in their ranks.

You continue to fail to see that you are great with pointing fingers, and claiming to be the victim, yet never take responsibility for your own conduct, you never even have the slightest recognition of what your side says.

Sorry dude, but that's on you.

I know the right likes to pretend it's being persecuted, but there's no truth to it.

OTOH, there's a lot of truth to your lack of self-integrity. Never judge your own, never criticize your own, just ignore whatever nonsense and hypocrisy and misbehavior comes out of your side. Or blame it all on the liberals who JUST MADE YOU SO ANGRY and YOU LOVE THE COUNTRY SO MUCH that you couldn't help yourself.

November 29, 2012 at 10:02 a.m.
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