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Letter: Obama failures exclusive of race

I've read a lot of left-wing drivel on the opinion page of this newspaper, but John Culleton's Aug. 20 column takes the cake. I found it a childish rant exhibiting ignorance and vindictiveness.
Culleton scornfully asserts that those of us who align ourselves with the tea party philosophy naturally advocate the notion that Barack Obama is not worthy to be president because he is black. Using Culleton's formula, that alone then must be the only reason that I believe that Obama's tenure has been a complete disaster and severe threat to the future greatness of my country. Culleton's contentions are absurd, inflammatory and just plain silly.
Obama's race and color notwithstanding, I abhor his arrogance, duplicity and incompetence, as well as his contempt of and indifference toward the U.S. Constitution, which he swore two times to "preserve, protect and defend." Pray tell, when will he start honoring that oath? No, I can assure everyone that neither the president's race nor his back story is his problem.
Many just like me would advocate for Obama's impeachment. Some are even black. On Aug. 12, the National Black Republican Association, based in racist Florida, filed articles of impeachment against our black president. The opening paragraph of the NBRA filing states: "We, black American citizens, in order to free ourselves and our fellow citizens from governmental tyranny, do herewith submit these Articles of Impeachment for the removal of President Barack H. Obama, a.k.a., Barry Soetoro, from office for his attack on liberty and commission of egregious acts of despotism that constitute high crimes and misdemeanors." Apparently the NBRA sees reasons for Obama's impeachment beyond "walking the street while black."
Sen. Ted Cruz looks like a rather appealing presidential candidate to me, birthplace notwithstanding. Please recall that he hastened to clarify the issue of his American citizenship immediately, unlike Obama, who spent millions of our dollars to make the controversial issues of his citizenship and his still-sealed education records secure from scrutiny.
Indeed, I would seriously consider voting for Allen West, Condoleezza Rice or Dr. Ben Carson, but, of course, they are black, so that would be impossible if Culleton's premise were valid. However, Culleton's ill-conceived premise is clearly pretty darn shaky. Just offer me a candidate who will abide by the presidential oath of office, that's all.
Cal Pierce
Hampstead

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