Rosemary Potter: Why I'm a Republican


Why I'm a Republican

To the editor:

In answer to Mr. McCandless' letter of Feb. 19, I want to tell why I'm a Republican.

We do not believe that prisoners of war should be tortured. We believe that experts of interrogation should apply enough pressure to prisoners of war to get the information necessary to save the lives of our soldiers and civilians alike. If the prisoners undergo extreme discomfort in the process, let them realize they are on the wrong side. It's the price they pay. Secondly, what we do is no comparison to sawing off the head of Daniel Pearl. Now, that is torture. That's what the other side does.

We believe that the defense of the country against any and all enemies is the primary responsibility of the federal government. If it takes wiretapping suspected terrorists in order to prevent further attacks, so be it. Most Americans would rather be safe than cater to the "rights" of those who intend to attack us as in 9/11.

Tax breaks for the poor don't exist because the poor don't pay taxes. Tax breaks for the "rich" give them the incentives to expand their businesses to provide jobs for the poor. Why would they want to expand their businesses if the government was just going to take away their profits through taxation? They need all the breaks they can get - for the good of all!

Perhaps Mr. McCandless is not speaking of socialized medicine in his compassionate desire for everyone to be able to have access to "good and affordable" health care. I hope not. Everywhere socialized medicine is tried, it fails. Witness the people from countries who have socialized medicine coming to America to get their procedures done, because it takes many months of waiting in their countries, whose governments are in charge of health care. Some of their cancer patients are not even told that they have cancer, because the treatment is too expensive for the government to grant it to all who need it. If the patient is getting old anyway, why bother? Spare us that kind of health care!

Rosemary Potter


nikobesti 8 years, 2 months ago

Apparently Ms. Potter disagrees with America trying and convicting Japanese for waterboarding our young men in WWII. Guess she thinks that was fine, as long as Japan "got the information necessary to save the lives of their soldiers." It was torture then; it's torture now. Laws are to be followed by all. We can't excuse ourselves while still expecting others to follow the rules.

As for lowering taxes on billionaires, look where that got us. They cut their workers' retirement, then fire them, while they continue to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars at posh resorts. Years of evidence has illustrated that "trickle down economics" does not work.

What we need "spared of," Rosemary, is your lies about health care. Intentionally telling patients they don't have cancer so they don't have to treat it? Where do you come up with this junk? Oh yeah, Rush Limbaugh. I'm not saying we need to nationalize health care, but there are some valuable lessons learned from other health care systems. Our health care system is a mess, the most expensive in the world by far, and you and I and all other insured are paying out the nose for the uninsured. We need to look at other systems in Canada, UK, etc objectively, not discount them with unsubstantiated lies.


secret09 8 years, 2 months ago

In response to Patrick:

You can not classify and entire group of people the way that you did. Just because some Democrats may have made those choices doesn't mean that all democrats are like that. You made an ignorant statement that had no basis of truth. It was entirely opinion and entirely offensive. I'll have you know, I'm a democrat AND a Christian. I've never done any of the things that you mentioned, I've never even considered them. And let me remind you it was a republican president who got our country into it's current bind. Nobody is perfect, you can not classify a whole group of people based on one individuals actions. Next time be more open-minded, use some common sense, and think before you write.


moosefreakVR 8 years, 2 months ago

To secret09!!

Don't even blame President Bush for this mess. As I recall it was a Democrat in office when 9/11 occured. Fortunately a Republican with balls of steel took office and has since done everything in his power to protect our great nation from any further attacks. If the democrats would for once get off their high horse and apply a little logic instead of whining, crying and blaming someone else about the state of our country maybe we could actually begin to get the problem fixed!! Instead they just keep paying out more to the idiots that got us in this fix in the first place!!!


Frank Estey 8 years, 2 months ago

George Bush aint no Democrat ... and he was El Presidente when 9/11 went down, I was there...


grannyrett 8 years, 2 months ago

moosefreak--President Bush was in office when 9-11 happened. I agree with you that a republican with balls of steel did everything possible to save us from more attacks. I, too, am sick of hearing that everything we are going through is President Bush's fault, but that seems to be the mantra now, and it isn't going to stop any time soon. I have two sons in Craig-one of whom just got laid off and the other one will be laid off soon because of lack of work. This housing problem started way before Bush, but you won't ever hear a democrat say that. It started back with Carter wanting to get everyone into their own house-whether they could afford it or not. Yes, they need to get off their high horse, but, right now, there are no checks and balances in government, so, it is going to get worse. Everything President Obama wants, he will get. God help us all. Uh-oh--I hear cantstandtexans coming. Got to find a foxhole to hide in.


lonelyone 8 years, 2 months ago

Sorry Moose, but I believe Bush was in office when 9/11 happened. I have no problem with Bush and I hope that Obama can get us headed in a better direction then where we are right now. I don't think you can blame any one party for any of the mess we are in or things that have happened in the past. No matter who is in office the other party is going to say they are messing up and no matter how good one party does, the other is going to say it was wrong. I don't think you can say the Dems are all about the terrible things that are done and the Republicans are only for the greater good. There are good and evil people on both sides.


Calochortus 8 years, 2 months ago

The blame for the housing/economic mess is spread well across both parties. Consider: "Some economists state that the 1999 legislation spearheaded by (Phil) Gramm and signed into law by President Clinton - the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act - was partly to blame for the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis and 2008 global economic crisis. The Act is most widely known for repealing portions of the Glass-Steagall Act, which had regulated the financial services industry. Gramm responded to criticism of the act by stating that he saw "no evidence whatsoever" that the sub-prime mortgage crisis was caused in any way "by allowing banks and securities companies and insurance companies to compete against each other." The Act, it should be noted, passed the House by an overwhelming majority and passed by unanimous consent in the Senate, though it was introduced on the last day before Christmas holiday and never debated by either congressional body."

Phil Gramm, of course, was one of McCain's economic advisers who ,just a few months ago, said that the economy was fine and those who said otherwise were "whiners".

Also, Bush bragged about the historically high rates of homeownership in his 2004 SOU address. I don't think he brought that up to brag on Democrats.

Political parties have about as much monopoly on wisdom as they do on incompetence. Please argue people, not parties.


Calochortus 8 years, 2 months ago

Thanks, granny. As they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day!


grannyrett 8 years, 2 months ago

Thank you, Calochortus. You made some very good points.


grannyrett 8 years, 2 months ago

This article from the New York Times explains how this mess got started. It was in the 1900's. Thank you, Bill Clinton.


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