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Your Views: We need a leader to represent everyone, not just his party

POSTED: April 30, 2012 1:00 a.m.

Now that the election rosters are being resolved, get ready. We are about to be exposed to the worst money can buy. The purpose: to inundate voters with anything and everything that will compromise the thought process.

An old adage is our best recourse: Don’t believe anything you hear and only half of what you see. For those of you that insist that proper respect is not afforded those in power, I offer a truism that anyone who served in the military should agree with: Respect is not given, it is earned! Earned by honesty and character, treating everyone as equals and looking after the well-being of your charges. You can’t gain respect by character assassinations or class warfare.

A political moral does exist: Treat all of the people the same way all of the time. We know this doesn’t happen and that is why Washington will not change. If it can’t be changed in the whole, then it must be changes one piece at a time. So much occurs out of the public limelight that we do not have any idea where we stand. Our ability to predict anything is compromised. So where do we start?

Our current president does not seem to clasp the idea that he’s the president of all Americans. His primary role is not that of the head of the victorious party, but this is the role he seems to have chosen. His goal — change our county. But unfortunately his political idealism does not match the desires of the electorate. He definitely takes sides. Too often these sides are taken prior to the accumulation of all the facts. Actions of this nature are direct causes for the divides that exist today.

If you live long enough in this county, history does repeat itself. For example, from the book “Wild Bill Donovan,” in 1940 the New Deal was described as a racketeering attempt to create prosperity by unfairly socking the rich with more taxes, threatened family values and bordered on being communistic.

Similar attempts are made in different ways but the intent is always the same. There is the broad brush attempt to show success by the comparison of micro-successes to macro problems.

Congratulations to the one who succeed, but what about the thousands of others who didn’t. Problem addressed but not solved. What is the next step? There isn’t any — just rest on laurels.

George Koesters
Gainesville


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