Juxtaposition or the verb form, juxtapose, is a fun word. For example, In the Tuesday Sept. 4 Telegraph, I found the juxtaposition of the two opinion letters from Fred Johnson and Rinda Wilson quite ironic. Johnson penned a passionate letter about the hassle he and other eligible, legal Georgia citizens are encountering in voting and renewing driver’s licenses because of the two-ton legislation embraced by our “Red State” General Assembly. Published right below that was Wilson’s critique, and FoxNews approved, listing of all of President Obama’s “enemies,” which included “Americans who want only registered citizens to vote.”
So it would appear to me that Johnson is either, not a “real American” (the oft used term of my Republican brothers and sisters), or he is the victim of petty politics and cheap idealism.
Like so many of these right-leaning opinion letters The Telegraph chooses to publish, Wilson’s letter tastes of the same Sean Hannity mouthwash as the countless other empty pleas for the removal of President Obama. She states that the president has polarized America after he promised to unite us.
We have a dominant two-party political system. If you flip her lists of “enemies and friends” and change the Commander-in-Chief to former President George W. Bush, the article would read exactly the same. Bush even claimed he was “a uniter, not a divider” in a 1990 interview. We all know how that turned out, right?
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Wilson ends her letter with the same old “blame it on Obama” bumper sticker and her dire prediction that the U.S. will collapse en masse at the president’s re-election party based on his addition of $5 trillion to the federal debt. The federal debt stands at $16 trillion. Bush added $4 trillion to it by cutting taxes for the rich and starting two unfunded wars.
Obama added the amounts in an effort to stabilize an economy on its deathbed with an eroded tax base and a do-nothing Congress that would rather put on a pointy hat and party like it’s 1776 than lift a political finger to help him. Yes, even if helping the president benefited the American public. You can lead an elephant to water, but you can’t make it drink.
Are we better off now than four years ago you ask? Osama bin Laden is dead. The American economy is no beauty queen, but she is “dateable,” the Iraq War is over and the president brought an administration to the broadest cross section of Americans in history. And we are supposed to replace this president with ex-small state governor Mitt Romney, who has only been forthright about promising to cut taxes for millionaires?
Mitt sounds too close to mistake and Romney sounds suspiciously close to wrongly. But then again, upon a permanent tax cut, the ultra-wealthy will swing the gates to their private compounds open and shower those beneath them with jobs and cake.
I like strawberry, but do they care to share?
Dwight McIntyre is a resident of Juliette.