Letter writer Ilene O'Connell says she "has never been more ashamed" of her country than she was on the evening of Election Day ("Ashamed of country that re-elected Obama," Nov. 8).
She asks, "How can people ignore the doubling of the price of gasoline, the 23 million unemployed, the increase in the number of people receiving food stamps, and the soaring deficit over the four years [President Barack] Obama has been in office?" The answer is "Obstructionism."
She should be ashamed instead of the party whose top goal was "to make Obama a one-term president" (Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell), and produced four days before inauguration Rush Limbaugh's "I hope he fails!"
When the entire Republican Party showed a willingness to vote down any initiative President Obama might propose to deal with the nation's problems, even voting down the American Jobs Act, the message was not lost on the American public.
Ed Muhlbach, Shrewsbury, Pa.