Letter: Debates don't sway many minds, but history should

I write to comment on Tom Wynkoop's letter, "Who won the Presidential debate? Obama in the long run," in the Oct. 10 edition of the Towson Times. I think debates, by and large, do little to sway voter. The "winner" depends on whom one's candidate of choice is.

I take issue, however , with Mr. Wynkoop's praises of Obama. Regarding his paragraph. "Ask yourself a question," I would respond this way:

• It is debatable, and worrisome, whether the U.S is on the brink of financial ruin.

• The unemployment percentage is as great as when Obama took office, but if those who gave up looking for work are included, such as myself, that percentage about doubles.

• There were reports that Osama Bin Laden was terminally ill, so perhaps he was "served up" by radicals to enhance Obama's standing. So much for today's "Hitler." And by the way, where are pictures of the body, for proof to America? Buried at sea, with Obama's birth certificate, no doubt.

• The biggest untruth is that Obama "saved the auto industry." Only GM and Chrysler accepted the aid. Several foreign manufacturers have plants in this county, too, not to mention Ford, who's doing quite well, thank you.

Mr. Wynkoop predicts that Obama will "levy judicial application of pressure over time" in upcoming debates. This sounds like more of executive privilege, i.e. Obama putting things in the executive vault that are detrimental to him.

If Obama truly used an "intellect and a grounded sense of strategy" and took in "the big picture" during the last four years, instead of just at election time, the U.S. would not be so compromised in world security, so fragile economically and so divided as a people.

Joseph J. Stadler



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