Sep 20, 2012 - Ron Howard, RivertonEditor:
I read Dan Wimp's letter and felt compelled to say a few words. To think that those who vote for Obama are stupid is entirely his opinion, and he's certainly entitled to it. I do think, however, that he and many people need to step back and take a look at themselves for a minute, not just locally, but nationwide.
The resurrected question for the past couple of weeks has been Reagan's "Are you better off now than you were four years ago?" For me, the answer to that question is a resounding yes.I have a beautiful wife and daughter, I got a promotion at work and a roof over my head, and I can't remember the last time I was hungry.
After reading Mr. Wimp's line "He took jobs away and you people vote for him." My first thought was, "What do you mean 'you people?'" It made me laugh. He also said that if Obama is re-elected "he will definitely ruin this country even more than he already has." I believe that regardless of any sitting president and party affiliation, this country is, for the most part as good as the people who live and work here. The president is just one part of this country and can only do so much. Sometimes other branches of the government work against his agenda and vice versa. The extremist views people have now come from listening to those on the far left and right. Commentators on both sides express the very worst of scenarios and situations, thus dividing Americans and political parties. Life isn't as bad as they say, so everybody should just quit freaking out. If your life is that bad, then do something about it. Complaining doesn't accomplish anything.
As a Native American, it would be easy for me to blame all my problems and the country's problems on the government. But I won't do that, because I'm thankful for what I have. I am thankful because I worked hard and persevered. I've been in some pretty tough spots in my life, but it was determination and the need to make a living that won out.
Sure, we all want to be better off, to have our bills paid and still have enough left over to save and spend, but that's life in America. Almost everyone feels the same way.
To anyone who isn't satisfied with their current situation, I would say look in the mirror. Anyone who blames the government for their problems is, in my humble opinion, too lazy to take responsibility for their own lives. Anyone who truly wants to work can find something. I've been unemployed before, and I have always found something. Unemployment is not the sole fault of the government. Also, most of the people that I hear who complain about unemployment already have good jobs and therefor have no reason to complain in the first place. Quit belly aching, America. Be thankful for what you have, and work harder for what you want. Isn't that what we're all about?
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