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Lighten up, America, we will survive Obama-Romney

Opinion Column

Carlton Fletcher

Carlton Fletcher

Do you think I’d crumble? Did you think I’d lay down and die? Oh no, not I. I will survive.

— Gloria Gaynor

True story: I know people who made fun of Mitt Romney and his “magic underwear” during the presidential primary season, people (and, no, it wasn’t just Rush Limbaugh) who called the Republican nominee “unfit” to hold office who now have “Mitt” stickers on their vehicles and are declaring the former Massachusetts governor the savior of their party and of America.

I also know people who swore they’d never vote for “that Muslim socialist” Obama yet they’ve since become outspoken supporters of the president’s re-election campaign.

Politics in America is a funny thing. Giving in to the demand for hyperbole, we for some reason try to make a popularity contest — one that in recent years has devolved into a who can make the most money competition — a matter of life and death.

There are plenty of politically minded folks who will swear to you that if we re-elect Barack Obama as president, America will not survive the next four years. They insist we will lose our democratic form of government and will become socialists or, worse yet, will somehow collectively convert to Islam.

There are just as many who insist that if Mitt Romney is elected president, he will engage America’s military in more Middle Eastern wars and will completely eliminate the middle class in this country by taking more and more from those who can’t afford it and giving more and more to those who can.

Supporters of both extreme points of view foresee a world in which America as we know it ceases to exist and some post-apocalyptic scenario unfolds.

To which I’d like to suggest we catch our collective breaths and calm the freak down.

True fact: The president of the United States is the most powerful man in the world (next to Bill Gates). The man or woman (just threw that in to see if you were paying attention ... as if that would ever happen ... that’s about as likely as electing a bl ... oh, wait, move on) who holds the job is the most influential person in the world. It just comes with the territory.

And there’s no question that the person who is elected president will, depending on his personal strength, determine the direction the country will move in over the four years of his term.

But not surviving an Obama or a Romney presidency? Really? Put aside what all the conspiracy theorists on the talk shows say and think for yourself, maybe for the first time. Do you really think any one human being is capable of bringing down a country that has withstood enough calamity to sink other great civilizations?

If you do, perhaps all that patriotism and loyalty you speak so glowingly of are mere words to you. And, as so many have claimed, maybe you would be better off moving to another country.

I’m more inclined to stand with the side that says, “This is America, Jack, and we’ll be there to answer the bell in the 15th round like Rocky did. Just cut the swelling over our eye, Mickey, and don’t you dare let them stop the fight.”

Look, this is obviously going to be one of the hardest elections in the history of our country because we have two monumentally awful choices. But strip away all the rhetoric from this campaign, break it down to its essence, and you’ve got basically the same people looking to do one thing: get more money from the rich people trying to buy their favor.

We can withstand a president who tells us we’re going to end a war and then promptly engages us in another, and we can live through the presidency of a man who won’t even show his income tax records because, as recent reports have shown, he has a whole lot to hide.

We survived Herbert Hoover’s cluelessness, we made it through John Kennedy’s naivete, we lived through the “voodoo economics” of Ronald Reagan, we came out only slightly worse for the wear after Tricky Dick Nixon, we managed to overcome the embarrassment that Bill Clinton brought us. Hell, we survived eight years of George Bush, the drinking man’s president.

So lighten up, America. If we can make it through the Great Depression, two World Wars, Vietnam, Watergate, Irangate, the Monica Lewinsky affair and the drugs-for-guns Let’s Make a Contra Deal, we’ll be able to live through Obama II or Romney I.

Even if just barely.

Email Metro Editor Carlton Fletcher at carlton.fletcher@albanyherald.com.

Comments

chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

True Fact: The chairman of the Federal Reserve is the most powerful man in the world. Ben Bernanke in case you do not know who he is.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 9 months ago

Read the US Constitution Article I section 8. It only allows the coinage of money. The Fed contradicts this.

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waltspecht 1 year, 9 months ago

That is exactly what makes a horse race. Points of view go out the window when actual fact come into play. I can say my horse is faster than yours, but the only way to prove it is to race them. I hope all the glum and doom don't come about, but we shall see one way or the other. Survive we might, just not as comfortably as we were led to believe all these years we worked for a living.

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B4it 1 year, 9 months ago

Let's take a look at the comments made by Obama. Should we go back and use policies of the past, or go forward?

Obama never provides the details of what he means by going forward. However, I would much rather go back and use historical policies of the past that have PROVEN to provide jobs and economic stability, rather than Obama's socialistic policies that have proven over and over and over and over to fail many countries.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

I also know people who swore they’d never vote for “that Muslim socialist” Obama yet they’ve since become outspoken supporters of the president’s re-election campaign.

You know, Carlton, I really just don't believe that.

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Cartman 1 year, 9 months ago

That sentence jumped out at me as well, Sis. I'd like to meet that mythical creature.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

And 4 more years of Obama's trillion dollar deficits would take our National Debt over $22 TRILLION dollars. I'm not sure this country can survive that. I'm more and more convinced that's what Obama wants.......a US National Debt of $22 TRILLION which will bring America to its knees forever.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 9 months ago

To say nothing of making it through the greatest conflict in the history of humankind - The Civil War.

We'll make it through but with another 4 years of Obama or Romney we'll come away like Job after wrestling with the angel, limping. Write in Ron Paul.

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Jacob 1 year, 9 months ago

Every time you type "Ron Paul", you sound a little less intelligent.

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Russ 1 year, 9 months ago

Anybody else notice what "Jacob" did here? Hint: has nothing to do with writing in anybody...

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Trustbuster 1 year, 9 months ago

I disagree it was the world wars.

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AnotherMom 1 year, 9 months ago

We might survive, but we have taken quite a beating this go round. I don't think Romney is perfect, by any means, but I do think he will do a lot less damage to our country than Obama over the next 4 years.

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B4it 1 year, 9 months ago

AnotherMom - I agree. What the shallow-minded Obama followers need to look further into are the socialists Obama has placed in other government positions. Look at the decisions they have made that are corrupt, and against the law. Look at how Eric Holder is not pursuing the law breakers. There is more going on behind the scenes that the public is not aware of, and it will further deteriorate our freedoms.

Again, no details are revealed for what is meant by going forward. The shallow-minded will think BHO is working for their good, when in actuality, he will turn on them if given another 4 years. The downward economic trends speak for themselves.

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rightasrain 1 year, 9 months ago

Did Fletcher pass gas again? Thought I smelled his ....

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badcompany 1 year, 9 months ago

I suspect Fletcher is lying. I seriously doubt anyone that would refer to ZERO as a muslim socialist would now be supporting him after the last 4 years. Thats rediculous.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 9 months ago

I prefer secession regardless of the outcome. There is not much difference really between the two candidates. They both support policies that weaken America. Romney will just slow it down some.

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Cranky 1 year, 9 months ago

I agree Carlton......we are gonna survive no matter who we elect.....if we make it past this December 21, 2012 ....and the Myan's doomsday prediction.....huh? I hope the frenzy is as much fun as the YK2 was...haha!

Wasn't there a cartoon character in the old MAD Magazine that always said "WHAT, ME WORRY?" I think there was.....that will be me.

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Trustbuster 1 year, 9 months ago

Just watch the national debt rise and our credit rating drop. We don't need to worry about 2012 but 2016. Like previous empires America will go broke. Remember the two world wars finished the British Empire. We are next!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 9 months ago

That was MAD's "Commander In Chief" Alfred E. Neumann His self! Big ears sticking out, dopey grin, completely without a clue.......YEP it was a white guy playing the role of Obama!@!@#

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Albanite 1 year, 9 months ago

Enough is enough. Carlton, being able to play a radio doesn't give you ANY insight into music and it doesn't make you a musician. Its something that requires talent and years of training. Likewise, having a column in a newspaper doesn't make you any less naive about economics and political issues either. Re-electing Obama will end America - and at that point, there won't be ANY of your social programs to worry about.

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Mr_Heatmiser 1 year, 9 months ago

Pretty funny how the left casts Romney as a supervillain for not releasing tax returns in excess of what is required by law, claiming that he obviously must be some sort of tax cheat, while ignoring the fact that Obama's Secretary of the frickin Treasury is an actual tax cheat.

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Margie 1 year, 9 months ago

Interesting comments, this is evident that no one here voted for Obama 2008, and won’t be voting for him this year. So, what’s new, except believing more lies and being totally ignorant? Narrowed-minded followers of Rush and the like, continue with the lie this Obama is a Muslim, and if he were, so what? Romney is Mormon. Every person that has run for president has a slogan and stand before people trying to sell you his/her position. People who are Republicans as a whole will likely vote that way, the same for Democrats. There are a few that will cross-over and vote against their party at times. The old point of the game is who goes out and actual vote their choice for this office because it really doesn’t matter what the opposing candidate may offer, whether you are on the right or left, even if it’s a better choice for the country, you will likely vote party, and not your heart. It is just amazing to see how it is so easy to accept Romney not submitting more of his tax returns, but Trump and all the other fools like him want to continue to question the President’s birth. How stupid can they be to believe that this man, an educated man, a former Senator, and an attorney would actually risk going to prison by running for President when KNOWING very well that he was not born in the United States. It also interesting how Romney’s lies and his refusal to stand up against members of his party and tell them to STOP, when they attack women, and using race baiting. Romney stands for anything that will get him in the Whitehouse. Why would you want to repeal health care, privatize Medicare, and take services from poor, disabled people, where is the heart. But, yet, these people claim (I didn’t say confess), to be Christian. That is not Christ-like. I do not agree with all of Obama’s agenda. He inherited a mess with regards to the economy, and IF he had not done what he did do the bail America out, it would have been a bigger miss. But, he didn’t go off flipping his lip, and causing a war, or lying about weapons of mass destruction. True, there is still work to be done, but I’d rather put by trust in a person that at least has tried, opposed to one who has done nothing but told lies and hide. The truth of the matter is Republicans realize that they made a BIG mistake with Romney as their candidate, but they’ve got to push him through anyway because their goal wasn’t to get the best man for the job, but to get that black man out of the so-called “white” house.

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