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Both Republicans and Democrats should be outraged by Diana West’s column (Sunday) regarding the upcoming presidential election. In fact, the column is downright unpatriotic.
The 2012 presidential election is important. All of them are. The winner will be the leader and spokesperson for the greatest country in the world. He or she can inflame our enemies and inspire our allies. The world’s economy responds to the president’s statements and positions.
However, to state that the Republic is going to collapse because of the election of one candidate or the other seriously undervalues the strength of our country. Ms. West needs to go back to her civics class to understand the limits to power of any one of the three branches of government.
The Republic has survived a civil war, multiple world conflicts, several recessions/depressions, and many serious economic and political challenges. We have endured through presidents who were liars, philanderers, cheats and, most likely, felons. We will definitely survive four years of either Romney or Obama.
I learned a long time ago that when someone says “I’m not gonna lie to you…”, a lie is forthcoming. West’s “this is not idle hyperbole” is a prelude to just that.