EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

October 31, 2012

Letter: Bigotry has no place in our elections

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

As a surrogate for Mitt Romney, former New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu spoke out last week on “Piers Morgan Tonight” saying that Colin Powell’s endorsement of President Obama was possibly due to the fact that Obama and he (Powell) were of the same race.

That is not the first time that Sununu has said disparaging things about the president. He earlier said that Obama should learn to be an American and also that he is lazy. What is it that he is implying? One can only think that Sununu is trying to make an inference to race and to the birther thing that so many, including Donald Trump, and many on Fox News have tried to capitalize on throughout Obama’s term as president. When a party has to stoop to this level in an election, it is very obvious that they are desperate and will say and do anything to get voters to believe what they say without proof. I wonder if Obama’s skin color was that of his mother, white, would any of this be transpiring.

Bigotry, that should have no place in an election, seems to be alive and well in the United States today. We should be ashamed of people who say such things, and dismiss their statements as quickly as they are said. Civil rights were hard fought, and many people died for these rights. There is no place for this in our election, and Romney should have done the right thing and spoken out against Sununu as soon as he said those despicable things. So with that in mind, what does it say about the character of Romney and his desire to win an election at any cost?

Richard Mourdock, a Republican candidate for Senate from Indiana said, when talking about rape and finding yourself pregnant, “God intended this to happen.” Romney said he does not agree with him; however, he is still endorsing Mourdock and has an ad on television doing just that! It should be noted that Romney has not endorsed any other senator. What does this say about Romney’s agenda and policies? I do not think that this a fight that we should be having in this enlightened age. We will not give up our right to choose, and women as well as men should be outraged.

Please vote carefully, and remember that the character of the president of the United States shapes policies that will have an impact on everyone’s lives.

Anne Lentz