Bob Pappas: An Open Letter from the Loyal Opposition, Part I
By Bob Pappas
Bob Pappas received a message from a correspondent, and this is a response to that letter. Note Bob's comment about JFK, and listen to the short video below, especially the part immediately before the famous line we all know.
Bob's letter has been edited and expanded somewhat for clarity. Bob says it is lengthy, so will be published in multiple parts.
Ordinarily I wouldn't respond to someone who has obviously drunk the cool aid. I don't know why, but in your case I'll take the time.
Move To Another Country? No Way
First, your suggestion that I should pack my bags and move to another country because of Obama's election ... as you did in your first email, borders on insane. I did not fight in uniform for this country for thirty years followed by over twenty at this keyboard to run from a temporary setback. In my own way I helped to foster the strongest economy in the world, a free market economy, where even the poorest are better off than most of those who live at the top of the pecking order in their countries of origin ... Kenya for example.
A Narrow Win Has Not Crushed Conservatives
Second, "the American people," all three hundred ten million, as you have called us are a fickle lot ... I know it and if you are the least bit mindful, you know it. You seem to be suggesting that conservatives bend over and take it because 49.6 vs. 49.3 percent of the voting population of approximately one hundred twenty million delivered a very narrow win to Obama.
If you actually believe that the approximately 60 million people who voted for Obama constitute a majority of Americans, allow me to remind you that 60 million is approximately 25 percent of the legal voting age population.
Since you were evidently around when Reagan won in the landslide that buried the peanut farmer, it should be obvious that things and attitudes change.
This election was not won by Obama; it was lost by Romney and establishment Republicans.
Obama Lost 10 Million Votes
You missed a number of factors that pertain to Obama's re-election. One of which was a decrease in ten million voters who supported Obama in '08. So, there is plenty of room for "the American people" to change their minds. Michelle Malkin wrote an excellent piece that illustrates the point, "20 Things That Went Right On Election Day," you will find it edifying.
Third, your comment, "we are all Americans" now that he has been re-elected suggests that we should all get in line and kiss Obama's socialist ring ... I have news for you sir ... that isn't going to happen. Where were "all Americans" during the Bush Administration, who incidentally was almost as socialist as Clinton; and who I supported anyway because he was for a strong America unlike Kerry who among other things was anti-military?
We are hearing a lot about compromise. Sure ... "let's compromise ... do it my way." We've already been down that well-rutted road.
The United States of America is a Republic
Your statement that I don't believe in the democratic process reveals a breathtaking level of ignorance and arrogance. The United States of America is not a democracy ... it is a Republic.
You may recall the pledge of allegiance, " ... and the Republic for which it stands?" Nor is it the dictatorship into which Obama is attempting to transform it, evidenced by his proclivity to govern by edict. i.e. "we don't have time for Congress to act," after which he implemented by Executive Order the provisions of the legislatively defeated "Dream Act."
You imply that since freedom to vote is a democratic principle that therefore the U.S. is a democracy, which reflects a fundamental lack of understanding of this Constitutional Republic.
Hillsdale College offers an excellent series on the Constitution free of charge. I recommend that you try it.
Watch the short video and Stay tuned for Part II.
Semper Fidelis and Real Peace Bob Pappas
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