EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


January 6, 2014

Letter: Some resolutions for President Obama

To the editor:

With all the introspection this time of year brings, we still look forward to the coming year with resolutions for positive change. Some want to lose weight. Some want to achieve greater success. I have a few suggestions for the president for his New Year’s resolutions:

1. Be honest. After winning Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” with his Obamacare mendacity, not to mention the vast array of dishonesty from which to choose, Obama should resolve to be honest.

2. Follow the Constitution. I know he took an oath to do this very thing, but he has failed miserably. From making recess appointments when the Senate was in session, to attempting to force people to buy a product if his choice, to changing and overturning acts of Congress on his own whim, this has been the most anti-Constitutional president since FDR.

3. Lead. Instead of making pretty speeches and demanding others immediately enact his whims, the president could learn from former presidents Bush, Clinton, and Reagan, who all got their priorities passed by working with the hostile Congresses.

4. Stop the divisive rhetoric. Contrary to his egomaniacal, narcissistic worldview, members of the loyal opposition in Congress are not jihadists, hostage takers, bomb throwers, Taliban, or any of the other divisive, derogatory names this president has called them. Never before has a president engaged in this despicable behavior.

It’s time to put on the big boy pants and grow up.

Mark Acciard


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