Julia Manning is to be commended for sharing her views with the community in the Oct. 16 edition of the Rocky Mount Telegram. To debate important issues in public is good for democracy.
Her opinion seems to be that President Barack Obama engineered the government shutdown and near-default on the national debt by himself, and he did so as a “vindictive political stunt.” The evidence she gives for this belief is flimsy.
Instead, the evidence clearly shows that a segment of the Republican Party in Congress, including our U.S. Reps. Renee Ellmers, George Holding, and Walter Jones, chose to hold the government itself hostage in order to cripple Obamacare.
This angers me, and it should anger Ms. Manning also. The government belongs to me, to Ms. Manning, and to all Americans. It is not available to any person or group for use as a bargaining chip. That is why we should all be relieved that President Obama refused to give in to this blackmail.
Prior to last week’s televised Thursday night game versus Miami, I could not have recalled the name of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football coach.
However, his calm demeanor during the various miscues of his players led me to look it up: Larry Fedora.
Aye Zigga Zoomba.
I’m more impressed with his calm guiding-hand approach at Chapel Hill than with the cap-throwing antics of his prima donna counterpart at the University of South Carolina.
And, I was more impressed with the Tar Heel players themselves for the error-filled effort on the field put forth in that loss than I have been with the actions of overhyped recruits off the field in recent years.