Un­der­stand­ing Breeds Com­mon Ground

The Covington News - - Opinion - WIL­LIAM PERUG­INO COLUM­NIST Wil­liam Perug­ino is ac­tive in lo­cal and re­gional pol­i­tics and can be reached at 3pe­rug­i­nos@bel­lsouth.net.

Once again I find my­self faced with a Col­umn writ­ten by Mr. Carter in the Sun­day, Aug. 26, edition that sim­ply cries out for a log­i­cal re­sponse.

Mr. Carter’s ar­ti­cle en­ti­tled “Bet­ter than a thou­sand hol­low words” is bor­rowed from a quote by Bud­dha: “Bet­ter than a thou­sand hol­low words is one word that brings peace.”

Surely we need not re­vert to a for­eign Eastern philoso­pher to find a mo­ti­va­tional quote when we have a ver­i­ta­ble li­brary of quotes from pro­found in­tel­lec­tu­als and men of deep con­vic­tion who spawned and de­vel­oped this Great Amer­i­can Ex­per­i­ment.

Far be it from me to dis­re­spect or in­ter­pret the words of a reli­gious prophet who has been hon­ored by his sect for hun­dreds of years. But I can ques­tion the rel­a­tive rep­re­sen­ta­tion of that par­tic­u­lar philo­soph­i­cal com­ment to our 2012 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. One word ex­cept per­haps Free­dom or the Con­sti­tu­tion can be­gin to de­scribe the po­lit­i­cal strug­gle our coun­try now faces. Surely one word can not cap­ture the essence of the his­toric is­sues at stake.

The pro­duc­tive dis­cus­sions to re­view and an­a­lyze con­flict­ing is­sues pro­posed on both sides of pres­i­den­tial elec­tion de- bate should be con­ducted on an in­tel­lec­tual and fea­si­ble level rooted in cur­rent facts un­ques­tion­ably with a vis­i­ble pos­i­tive di­rec­tion.

I quote Mr. Carter from the ar­ti­cle: “No doubt Republicans be­gan plot­ting to un­seat Barack Obama on the morn­ing of Nov. 5, 2008.” I high­light the se­lec­tion of the word “plot­ting” by Mr. Carter to im­ply that Machi­avel­lian Republicans were de­vi­ously con­jur­ing up plans to ex­ploit ne­far­i­ous deeds against the Obama.

No one in­di­vid­ual in ei­ther party be­gan any ear­lier or with more in­ten­sity to start cam­paign­ing for the 2012 Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion than Mr. Obama af­ter the in­au­gu­ra­tion and to the ex­clu­sion of his at­ten­tion to crit­i­cal is­sues of our coun­try. Mr. Obama con­ducted 164 fundrais­ing events just in the last half of his term. This does not count short trips to Camp David, New York City and other short du­ra­tion travel trips to meet with cam­paign fundrais­ers and cam­paign Staff.

In ad­di­tion, Obama found the time to spend 61 va­ca­tion days on 16 va­ca­tions dur­ing his first 31 months in of­fice. This also does not in­clude all his golf games that are too nu­mer­ous for me to re­search for this ar­ti­cle.

Mr. Carter goes on to state that he is look­ing for “unity” from the par­ties dur­ing the hard fought po­lit­i­cal cam­paign to elect the pres­i­dent of the U.S. He goes on to say: “We’ll sing “Kum­baya” in Jan­uary once the win­ners have pun­ished the losers for dar­ing to think dif­fer­ently.”

What a sad and neg­a­tive view of the po­lit­i­cal process in our coun­try. Our politi­cians, of­fice hold­ers, and states­man are af­ter all peo­ple, and as such, have hu­man frail­ties as we all do but most are good peo­ple of faith, prin­ci­ples and are pa­tri­ots.

Mr. Carter goes on to at­tack Con­gress­man Paul Ryan and say: “I per­son­ally be­lieve the eco­nomic plans ad­vo­cated by Ryan and em­braced by Rom­ney would be a dis­as­ter for most Amer­i­cans.” Any­one who has fac­tual knowl­edge of the Ryan Bud­get would not hold the po­si­tion of Mr. Carter. There has been an un­ceas­ing neg­a­tive pro­mo­tion on TV warn­ing of ter­ri­ble re­sults from a Ryan Bud­get which are all based on false­hoods and fic­ti­tious sit­u­a­tions.

I wrote a col­umn on April 12, 2012 en­ti­tled “Ryan Bud­get Re­turns to Found­ing Prin­ci­ples” in which I gave a sum­mary of the ma­jor points of the Bud­get and ex­plained that No one 55 years old and older will be af­fected by this plan.

I pro­vided the link to ac­cess the ac­tual bud­get and im­plored ev­ery­one to at least read the in­tro­duc­tion where Paul Ryan sum­ma­rizes and out­lines his plan. I don’t be­lieve that Mr. Carter has read the Ryan Bud­get.

I be­lieve that class war­fare has been used as a de­vice to at­tract cer­tain vot­ing groups by sell­ing the idea that some­one got some­thing un­fairly that they didn’t de­serve. This is a ter­ri­ble in­jus­tice to ev­ery­one it touches.

I have an un­fail­ing con­fi­dence in the strength of the Amer­i­can cit­i­zenry to see the truth and essence of is­sues, make the right de­ci­sions and up­hold the prin­ci­ples of our Found­ing Fathers.

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