EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 24, 2012

Letter: This election must be about competence

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

It is no coincidence that havoc is breaking out across the Arab world, resulting in attacks on several U.S. embassies and the lynching of our ambassador to Libya along with three other staffers.

It is no coincidence that Vladimir Putin is flexing Russian nationalist muscle all around the world, doing his “I dare you” dance in the face of this administration.

It is no coincidence the Chinese are sinking enormous amounts of capital into developing what will soon be the world’s foremost blue-water navy.

It is no coincidence that Iran has apparently reached the point where deployment of nuclear weapons and delivery systems is imminent. The term “dirty bomb” has been replaced in intelligence circles with the more ominous “medium range vehicle.”

Does anyone feel safer than you did four years ago?

The current administration has been tried and found incompetent by the court of world opinion, if the daily headlines are any indication. There is no need to listen to what the Republicans have to say about Obama/Biden, as it can be easily dismissed as partisanship. Just look at how other countries respond to us. The open contempt for the United States has reached a boiling point reminiscent of the last days of the Carter administration, a hallmark of indecision, pacifism and adherence to wrong beliefs at the executive level.

Teddy Roosevelt’s philosophy on foreign policy was encapsulated in one simple phrase; “Walk softly, and carry a big stick.” It is patently obvious that nobody thinks we’re carrying that stick anymore.

It is no coincidence that actual unemployment and underemployment (not the government-doctored statistic) has stubbornly remained in double digits, according to real, actual labor studies. Four years of hostility, suspicion and regulatory assault on employers across the country have ensured that jobless rates are extremely unlikely to improve, and so they haven’t. Instead, we’ve been enslaved financially through two phony stimulus loans totaling approximately $1.5 trillion, the only evidence of which is an insurmountable IOU ball and chain around your grandchildren’s ankles.

It is no coincidence that we have gasoline prices hovering around $4 per gallon, twice what they were when Obama took the oath of office. Energy research has been crippled by this administration’s refusal to issue exploration permits for our own domestic oil, rejection of a natural gas pipeline with Canada over political favors, and a declared presidential objective to put the coal industry out of business. Instead, we have been pitched on the vastly overstated potential of wind power, solar power and “renewable” fuels like ethanol. Are we any more energy independent than we were four years ago?

It is no coincidence that Americans are now more paranoid about their own government than those of hostile foreign states. We now live in fear of political correctness, forced government regulations that disarm us and violate our religious convictions, invasion of our privacy, redistribution of our hard-earned paychecks to those who won’t work, and unchecked encroachment of federal power. Are we any freer than we were four years ago?

Campaign strategist James Carville is credited with the slogan “It’s (about) the economy, stupid!” during Bill Clinton’s first run against President George H.W. Bush. It was an effective rallying point for Democrats, as the national economy was enduring a mild recession. After four years of precipitous decline on every front under the mismanagement of Obama/Biden, we must conclude: “It’s about competence, stupid!”

It is no coincidence that the only nation with anything to fear from another four years of Obama’s incompetence is America.

Nathan Clark