Vail Daily letter: Get on board
November 30, 2016
On Nov. 20 in the Vail Daily, Roger Cotton Brown stated, “It now seems very possible that most candidates for the president of the United States of America in the future will fare better with no government experience and no reservations about making promises that are difficult or impossible to keep.” At first glance, I thought Roger was referring to Mr. Obama when one looks at his lack of constructive government experience after eight years of trying, or of his promises conjured and published what with his puffing and touting the “Affordable” Care Act, his storied “red line” in the Syrian desert, or his oath to enforce the legislated immigration laws on the books — so “fast and furious”!
Rather, Mr. Brown “trumpets” and casts aspersions upon the messenger, the president-elect, by likening him to a “carnival barker” with no governmental experience whatsoever. Like many, I read Trump’s message, and discarded his controversial persona when voting for him on Nov. 8. Like a few, I perused Jack Van Ens’ latest editorial that analogized Trump to Shakespeare’s Falstaff in an attempt to assuage the defeat of the reverend’s social agenda — post-election. What is ignored and discarded in all the hyperbole of these personal aspersions are the solutions that Mr. Trump may bring to the table, if given the chance.
Is it such a malady to promote a competitive and private health insurance industry that is affordable, qualitative and based upon fairness? Is it so onerous to protect the American people from the onslaught of ISIS, illegal immigration or the unvetted and preferential admission of Middle East refugees into our homeland? Is it so economically indefensible to reduce the size of the federal government and trim the budget and debt? Is it unfair to the American people to expunge the myriad of deleterious and inhibitive regulations promulgated by the legions of unvetted, unqualified and unelected bureaucratic cronies, all of whom suppress the ambitions of the privateers (the American businessmen)?
So, to all of the protestors “progressing” in the streets, to all of the professional commentators and political pundits that pass themselves off as “journalists,” to those privileged college students so traumatized by an unorthodox president-elect, and to Rev. Van Ens and our Mr. Brown, I say get with the issues, get past the man himself, and get with a common goal of salvaging a republic that has accomplished so much and benefited so many in so short a time span (250 years). I note for Rev. Van Ens that Jesus Christ was personally much maligned by the Pharisees in his day, yet his apolitical prescription for morality in a Judeo-Christian nation still persists after over 2,000 years.