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October 11, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Race for the White House

We want a strong leader

Editor, The Times:

I applaud David Broder’s syndicated column, “A campaign without candor” [Opinion, Oct. 9].

Neither presidential candidate is truly willing to come clean in terms of laying out the difficult choices and compromises that are going to have to be made in this country.

Both are promising the continuation of the “American dream” (which has become little more than a myth for many) without admitting that their promise may be very difficult to deliver.

Neither candidate is willing to lay their cards on the table with the electorate and talk about hard choices. It would be too politically risky. But to do so would be an act of great courage and would display, might I say, leadership.

— Peter Haller, Mill Creek

Jim Watson / AFP/ Getty Images

Republican vice-presidential candidate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during a town hall meeting at the Center Court Sports Complex, October 9, 2008 in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

Republicans planning for future

Since syndicated columnist Thomas L. Friedman thought that paying taxes is patriotic, why doesn’t he pay more [“Palin’s taxing definition of patriotism,” syndicated column, Oct. 9]?

If he wants everybody to be patriotic, he should lead by example and pay more.

Friedman also thinks Gov. Sarah Palin is a novice, so I assume he must think Sen. Barack Obama is also a novice. Palin has more experience than Obama. However, I will give him more experience in campaigning.

At least Palin has more knowledge of energy than Obama:

Drilling for oil does not mean that it leaves America dependent upon oil. Drilling for oil means that it will cost less in the future. Drilling for oil means that there will be more chances to discover alternative fuels. Drilling for oil means there will be future oil. Drilling for oil will build the economy and provide more jobs.

Palin’s and Sen. John McCain’s American future looks better than the alternative. These are better plans than Obama’s do-nothing plans.

— Steve Rhyne, Kirkland

We dodged a GOP bullet

So, wasn’t it the Republican Party that was so strongly pushing for the privatization of our Social Security, with our money going directly into the stock market?

Jeez, let’s be thankful they didn’t get their way on that crazy idea!

— Paul Harris, Eureka Springs, Ariz.

GOP using hate strategy

Aww, Republicans ya gotta love ’em!

Back in 1987, the late Republican National Chairman Lee Atwater perfected to strategy the creating of a demon with the felon Willie Horton and making fear- and hate-mongering a political tool and weapon [“‘The Willie Hortonization of Obama,'” News, Oct. 9].

Since then, a whole cadre of fear mongers have followed, perfecting the strategy and has turned politics into a blood sport.

The master, political strategist Karl Rove, created a legion of followers that now fill Sen. John McCain’s campaign staff and are shaping a new demon in the form of 1960s radical William Ayers to go after Sen. Barack Obama.

Scare enough gullible voters into believing Obama is arm and arm with a “domestic terrorist” and the GOP scores another victory. They do it because it has worked in the past and, absent anything to offer by way of solutions to the serious problems this country faces, they bank on it working again.

It may. But then again it may not. Perhaps there are enough intelligent voters to see through this hateful charade, and they will clearly tell the Republican Party that it is a new day in American politics.

The Grand Old Party has become the “Gnarly Old Party,” full of arrogant, self-righteous hypocrites fueled by right-wing, hate-radio windbags who throw the word “truth” around like they somehow cornered the market on it, when in reality, they wouldn’t know the truth if it jumped up and bit them in the fanny.

An angry, erratic, temperamental old man bouncing from issue to issue proclaiming, “My friends, I know how to do it. I can do it,” begs for the answer as to why in 26 years he hasn’t been enough of a leader to get “it” done!

— Jerry Vaughn, Federal Way

Nip hate speech in the bud

Sen. Barack Obama a dangerous candidate?

What is truly dangerous is the anger that is engendered in a partisan and passionate crowd by painting one’s opponent as “dangerous” and “not like us.” What happened at a Wisconsin rally on Thursday was frightening and bordered on spilling into violence. That is over the top.

While character attacks may please the base, they also appeal to fear, hatred and some deep-down racism, which is, unfortunately, still alive and well in our beloved country.

Rather than offering an incitement to these dangerous feelings, all candidates should denounce this fever and seek to calm the crowds with reasoned arguments for their respective positions. Anyone who shouts violent words in a political rally should be immediately chastened by the candidate at the podium.

— Martin Deppe, Chicago

Hate vs. hope campaigns

Based on the venom displayed and encouraged at the recent McCain-Palin campaign events, it appears our choice this year is between hate and hope.

How ironic that the Christian right chooses hate.

— Gail McNiel, Bellevue

Your vote says a lot about you

All the shaking of hands, mesmerizing speeches and kissing of babies to woo a vote are almost over. Soon we will know who will lead our great nation for the next four or eight years and whether or not we will remain great.

The media have done all it can to spoon feed the liberal candidate and come down hard on the conservative. No surprise there.

As a hardworking, blue-collar conservative, I will be voting for Sen. John McCain. This was an easy choice and is not based on gender, color, ethnicity, height, weight or feelings. I have long understood who I vote for says more about who I am and less about the candidate. I cannot — with a clear conscience and knowing the associations Sen. Barack Obama has, the anti-American teaching he sat under for 20 years, and his extremely liberal voting record — pull the lever for him. I care too deeply about this country and the next generations.

I believe hard work and honesty still pays off, I believe in strong families, limited taxes and government, I believe that life begins at conception, marriage is between one man and one woman, and in doing well for my neighbor. I believe in tolerance without acceptance or embracing.

If you are a conservative, moderate or independent, then the choice for McCain should be clear. If you are a liberal socialist, then proudly proclaim what you are by voting for Obama. Politicians will be whoever you want them to be in order to get elected, but on Nov. 4 you will be casting a vote that tells more about who you are.

On Nov. 4 we will show who we are or who the media or others have made us. Will our vote confirm or condemn us? God bless America!

— Dave Douglas, Snohomish

Obama is the future

Sen. John McCain is the past — an old, tired, out-of-touch white man with few ideas and rapidly eroding integrity.

His negativity and lack of imagination represent all that is fading from the American scene. He should have the grace to retire in a dignified fashion, and cede the future to the next generation of leaders.

Sen. Barack Obama is the future — young, progressive, biracial and multicultural, he represents everything that America is becoming.

— Cabbie Glass, Wenatchee

Face the issues

Our country has serious issues, which we must face.

So, where do our politicians go? Lipstick on a pig? What nonsense to distract us from the real issues. We have a declining economy, two wars, terrorists on the march and an incredibly poor international image.

Please spare us the nonsense and get to the issues. I do not care which party you support, but call your representatives, senators and the campaigns and tell them to start discussing how we are going to get this country squared away.

— John Peick, Bellevue

Double, double, toil and trouble

Mike Reilly of the Eastlake neighborhood is right on with his portrayal of Gov. Sarah Palin with a witches broom [“All in Good Fun?,” Local News, Oct. 9], except she should also have on a witches hat and her nose should be growing longer each day from all the lies she is spreading while she campaigns in small-town America.

Some may think she is funny and cute and it’s obvious she definitely thinks she is, but from all the negative campaigning and nasty lies she is telling, I consider her anything but funny and cute.

To me, she is the Wicked Witch of the North!

— Pam Kitchener, Everett

McCain-Palin copy-cat campaign

Sen. Barack Obama spent well over a year running for the Democratic nomination for president on the basis of “change” in order to get this nation back on track.

Nearly everyone agrees that we’re dangerously off track, and in need of getting back to our fundamental ideals. Having gained the nomination of his party, he has continued his election campaign based on the idea of “change.”

The McCain-Palin ticket has now adopted the idea of change as the heart of its own campaign rhetoric. It now claims to be the vehicle that can bring necessary change to America. The sad –almost tragic — thing about this is the fact that the McCain-Palin ticket is so devoid of original ideas and strategies for governing this nation that it has been reduced to stealing the concepts — and even the words — from its opponents.

— Bruce Barnbaum, Granite Falls

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