One more letter like the recent one from Gil Blanchard and The Advocate will have to add the word “uninformed” to “opinion” at the top of the editorial page.
Blanchard’s position is that we living here in the United States in 2015 are in greater danger than we were back in 2001 when terrorists crashed passenger planes into buildings killing thousands. I guess he is entitled to his opinion, even if it is not supported by any facts whatsoever.
Blanchard’s real beef seems to be with the characterization of the recent letter from all but seven (sane) Republicans in the Senate to the government of Iran that basically called our president a liar. Insofar as the letter’s legal position (that a future president could unilaterally breach any agreement) is concerned — I think the best rejoinder to that has already been written by the foreign minister of Iran, Dr. Javad Zarif. Zarif has a Ph.D. in international law and basically took the Republican idiots in our Senate to school on the subject. He dismissed the letter as a mere “propaganda ploy,” and I agree.
Blanchard’s other big complaint centers around President Obama’s use of executive orders and administrative acts to keep the government running in the face of an obviously dysfunctional legislature.
I do not understand how any conservative can, with a straight face, berate Obama for doing what every Republican president has done since Reagan and is doing it to a much lesser extent. George W. Bush alone issued 130 signing statements containing 1,100 individual refusals to enforce the laws as written. Both Reagan and George H.W. Bush issued executive orders suspending enforcement of parts of our immigration laws.
If you want to know what really puts us in danger, you have to look at our domestic rather than foreign policies.
Republican governors (including our own beloved Bobby) have put millions of American lives in danger by refusing Medicaid expansion. Conservatives are hell-bent on repealing “Obamacare” — sentencing 50 million Americans to a life without reliable, affordable health care.
The only answer that any Republican has to any of our problems here at home is to cut, cut and then cut some more. They have no plan to insure the uninsured. They have no plan to educate our children. They have no plan to care for our elderly. They have no plan to provide for the poor.
They only have plans that cut taxes and comfort the already comfortable.
Polls show that the Republicans are steadily losing ground in most parts of the country and with most demographic groups. I will be very glad when they are gone for good.