Steamboat Springs I have read with interest the responses to my letter of May 11. The complete title of my letter was, "Audacity of Hope vs. Cowardice of Fear." The editors decided to edit it. That is their prerogative, but I think it summarizes the differences between those of us who see a future for the U.S. and those who want just to see Fortress America. I would like to address a few of the issues raised.
World Affairs. Of recent presidents, the one with the greatest experience in this area was Richard Nixon. None of those who followed had anywhere near, if any, foreign policy experience. I do think it is incumbent on Obama to select a running mate who has this experience, such as Bill Richardson. John McCain has flip-flopped on the Iraq War, just in the opposite direction from Kerry - still an unsettling situation. Couple this with his first "I'm against the Bush tax cuts, now I'm for them."
Anti-American Rhetoric. As a seasoned international traveler, I can tell you that continuing the failed Bush policies as proposed by McCain will not earn us any reduction in it.
Leadership skills. What would you call the ability to motivate millions of volunteers and register millions of voters? What do you attribute Obama's success to as a Community Organizer? While McCain has been in Congress for a quarter-century, his party never has selected him to a party leadership position other than the committees that he has led, based on seniority. Why?
Am I to take the "pretty boy" comment as racist? "Boy" is almost as bad as using the 'n' word to describe an African American male. Reagan (welfare mother in Cadillac) and, most recently, Hillary Clinton made this appeal to racism that still exists in the U.S.
I have become a staunch member of the Democrat Party and am not afraid to sign my name to what I write. But, if you must know, I worked in Washington during the Nixon Administration on legislation, the likes of which we have not seen since. I was supported for positions in that administration by Republican Senate minority leader Hugh Scott and Senator Richard Schweiker, who was Ronald Reagan's choice as a running mate had Reagan won the Republican nomination in 1976.
When he won the presidency in 1980, Reagan had virtually no foreign policy experience, but he did select as V.P. a man with much, the current president's father. Reagan's foreign policy downfall came as a result of his selection as Director of CIA, William Casey, his campaign manager, who ran roughshod over the law and into the gun-sights of one of the most virtuous members of the Senate, Barry Goldwater.
I realize that I will not convert those of you committed to John McCain. He is an excellent person, I just disagree with most of his views. I hope in the future we can have a dialogue on issues such as the ones I have addressed here, and not the racist, fear-mongering and slander that has marked the attacks on Obama, so far.