I have no issues with the "meat" of Chris Schillig's "dolls on the doorsteps" column (Record-Courier, Aug. 3). I concur that porcelain dolls can be creepy and that cupcakes would have been more appropriate gifts. I also agree that "the word 'Opinion' at the top of the page covers a multitude of sins."
However, in my humble opinion, a blatant disregard for the facts is not among them. By that standard, Mr. Schillig must also believe that our southern border is secure, the I.R.S. under Lois Lerner did nothing wrong, and the tragedy of Benghazi was a "spontaneous demonstration" protesting an offensive video -- in my opinion.
To my knowledge, at no time has John Boehner or any other Republican member of the House or Senate advocated any "oh-so-important attempts to impeach President Obama." True, there are plans in place to file a lawsuit against the president for executive overreach (as exemplified by recent Supreme Court decisions). But Mr. Boehner himself has stated that there are no plans (present or future) to initiate impeachment proceedings. Despite the satire, the cartoonist on that page got it right (in my opinion) quoting Speaker Boehner about "Democrats blowing smoke."
In politics, there are basically two ways to garner support: Tout your successes and demonize your opposition. What successes can supporters of President Obama crow about? Is it the booming economy? Is it the overwhelming popularity of Obama-care? Maybe there are stunning victories in foreign policy. No, no, and no. So, what does that leave? In politics, make people distrust/fear/hate the opposition (whether it involves telling the truth or not). Journalists (including editorial columnists) should have higher standards -- in my opinion.
Scott D. Haseltine, Aurora
While I stand corrected that SOME Republican official have suggested impeachment, a recent Reuters survey stated that the subject was brought up more often by Democrats--by a margin of 20-1. And, although other Presidents may have signed more Executive Orders than the current resident of the White House, I don't recall any Supreme Court decisions for executive overreach against them. As for the economy any the housing market improving, twice nothing is still nothing. Wen you include the people who have given up looking for work, the "real" unemployment rate is over 12%. Add in the under-employed (those who had well-paying full-time jobs now working part-time at a fraction of their former pay rate) and the number approaches 20%. In discussing a do-nothing Congress, let us begin by counting the number of Bills passed by the House which Harry Reid (D-NV) has refused to bring before the Senate, shall we?
"In politics, make people distrust/fear/hate the opposition (whether it involves telling the truth or not)."
Scott that is the only part of your letter I agree with. Good try though.
"To my knowledge, at no time has John Boehner or any other Republican member of the House or Senate advocated any "oh-so-important attempts to impeach President Obama." "
Then you're about the only one who can't find numerous instances of Republicans speaking in favor of impeaching Obama.
"To the best of my knowledge" reminds me of the CEO of a tobacco company having anyone mentioning cancer escourted from his presence so he could say he had no idea cancers could be tied to his products.
I guess to some people pretending something doesn't exist is as good that thing not existing.
From: R-C article...By Marc Kovac R-C Capital Bureau Published: August 3, 2014 4:00AM
Poll: Obama's approval in Ohio falling
In a survey of 1,366 registered voters late last month by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, only 36 percent of respondents said they approved of the president's work in office, versus 59 percent who said the opposite......
Democrats, the unions, even the illegal dead voters are turning against him...
Now this is "Fundamental Transformation !!!"
Maybe there will be some real "Hope & Change" the next election.
Q....Are the 59% that disapprove of the President's work, Racist? as some have suggested? or, do they just disapprove of his liberal agenda/policies and lack of leadership? He was elected twice, that's hardly a Racist act.
@stanback, Reality and facts are not what these propaganda posters want to hear or see.
They don't like the fact the economy has gotten better, they don't want to hear the housing market has improved. They don't want to hear our retirement accounts are safe and making money again. Thank God they are so few in number.
Fact - southern border is not secure. Never has been. Never will be
Fact- Benghazi was an avoidable tragedy as was 9/11.
Fact- Executive orders signed by Ronald Reagan 381, Bill Clinton 364, George W Bush 291, and President Obama 144. With a congress that's only goal is to make sure nothing that the current administration initiates comes to fruition, 144 is extremely low. Which leads to the next fact.
Fact- lawsuit is a political ploy and nothing else. (Lawsuit would be an effort to demonize opposition).
The economy is booming. Stock market at all time highs and jobs continue to grow without an iota of cooperation from the "job creators". The Affordable Care Act is not overwhelming popular. Significant change never is. Any attempt at foreign policy is doomed when every step of the way, the McCains, Boehners, Palins, etc. of the world denounce every move that is made, no matter how it may benefit the people of the country or people of the world.
As far as the impeachment goes, do some research and look back to see who initially brought impeachment up.......and it was also an effort to demonize their opposition when they did it.
Haseltine makes excellent points!