I just read James Kellogg's column of Nov. 20 and a couple of letters that echoed the same sentiment, and all I have to say is "sour grapes."
Mr. Kellogg blames Mitt Romney's loss on many things, including the mainstream media. He forgets that the Republican pool of candidates was very shallow. The guy beat Gingrich, Santorum, Paul and the crazy pizza guy.
The reason Romney lost is not because Americans are lazy freeloaders who want gifts from the government, but because we are tired of working longer hours than even the Japanese and not getting anything for it.
Romney was viewed by me and many others as a shallow, spineless bobblehead without conviction. He is just another Republican coward in the tradition of Cheney, George W. Bush, Rumsfeld and Gingrich who never served, but who are eager to send other people's kids (meaning the poor) to die in Iran.
When asked why he never served, Romney equated service in Vietnam with his Mormon mission to Paris. In his mind, the Mekong Delta and the Parisian suburbs were equally dangerous. Near as I can tell, no one in his family ever served; they used their status to avoid the draft. When asked why his five healthy sons never served, he replied "Well, they are working on my campaign."
Romney disenfranchised 50 percent of the electorate with his view that women cannot be trusted with the care and use of their bodies. He angered the Latino vote with his extreme agenda. He started out as a moderate, but then pandered to the far right to get nominated, and people noticed.
His version of health care was very similar to President Obama's, but he tried to tell us that it wasn't.
The thing that bothered me the most was the way Romney tried to sell himself as an empathetic Everyman. He tried to say that he understood what it would take to clean up after Hurricane Sandy because he once cleaned the field after a football game.
Basically he was a terrible candidate and the reason he lost was because the American public saw through his front.
I'm writing in response to Lee Perkins's letter of Nov. 20.
I am sorry Mr. Perkins feels so much fear right now. I know it isn't easy when someone you strongly disagree with wins an election. I went through it for eight years myself not too long ago. What helped me keep moving forward was this simple thought: our president loves this country.
The reality about our president and other elected officials is just that. All of them love our country. Every single one. They will do whatever they can to continue to make this country a better, stronger and safer place. Our job as citizens is to simply have a little faith and help keep our elected officials informed and on task.
We can't do that effectively if we aren't going to do that for ourselves. We can't do that if we allow ourselves to be manipulated into thinking our leaders are evil or hateful people. We must remember that we are of one nation and are so much stronger if we are united, rather than divided.
So keep up that faith, Mr. Perkins. Things are going to get better over the next four years.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday.