The writer ("Writer's attack on president parrots right-wing talking points," letter, July 26), in characterizing my criticism of President Obama and his administration as "right-wing talking points," did not dispute anything I said. She made the unwarranted assumption that readers would conclude the points were not true, most likely because they have had ample experience with left-wing talking points like those in her penultimate paragraph about the effect of voting against Democrats.
But I should apologize for making "non-specific" charges against the administration of exercising raw power and being corrupt and lawless. I, too, made an unwarranted assumption: I assumed that the readers of the Columbia Flier, particularly those who read the letters section, are more well-informed than the general population. I didn't think it necessary to provide a list. Obviously, it is.
Clearly the writer is not aware of Solyndra, fast and furious, selective amnesty for illegals, violation of bankruptcy laws in the auto bailout, the string of lies provided to the Congressional Budget Office to distort the actual cost of the Affordable Care Act, the violation of the Constitution in making "recess appointments" when the Senate was not in recess, the continuous use of federal power to prevent states from exercising their constitutional duties, the failure of the president's party to produce a constitutionally mandated budget since he took office, and, perhaps most seriously, the intentional leaking for political gain of highly sensitive classified information, which puts the lives of our citizens and the security of our nation at risk.
And this only addresses the exercise of raw power, corruption, and lawlessness. Ignorance, arrogance, incompetence, and Balkanization of the electorate for the sole purpose of holding on to power will have to wait for another day.
I'm reminded of the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."
William W. McCollum
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