Letter to the Editor Westfield Republican
Voting to elect public officials is a great privilege with serious continuing consequences. The responsibility is ours to select officers who will legislate to benefit us all. It is not a popularity contest. Locally, we have the most valid knowledge of candidates' abilities to serve; the state level is more remote and at the federal level becomes so remote and contaminated by propaganda that voters need to seek more factual information sources divorced from pied-piper demagoguery. One truth is that no individual or party has all of the best thinking. Another is that best decisions are made by intelligent minds cooperating to reconciling opposing ideas to make better legislation. As in case of Obama Care, some time too many future unknowns exist and the wise solution is merely to use the best available facts to start the process and amend as required to accommodate future developments. The framers of our Constitution did this while determining states rights, starting with allocating two senators per state and the number of representatives to be determined by size of each states population. Other eventualities were left to the future. But such agreements are not possible when even one opposing party will not negotiate and holds out indefinitely to win. Such unwarranted stubbornness just to gain power does not properly represent the majority will of the people. Even worse is giving in to stubbornness when lives and treasure are endangered. It should have been clear to our President that our military ability, economic strength, as well as public support, were not ready and capable to successfully settle our differences with Iraq by military force. Factual information was available, but the President chastised the Army Chief of Staff when he testified before Congress that the cost of intervention in Iraq would be many times more than the President's estimate. A study by The Army War College also questioned the administration's assessment of the situation and was ignored. Obviously, our Commander in Chief ignored factually based advice and followed his gut instincts. This became clear when our forces reached Bagdad and the President boasted, "Mission Accomplished." But it was just the beginning of the costly loss of life and treasure which could have been avoided by our President and Congress if they had rejected political considerations and acted intelligently on available factual information. At this critical time, vote with your intelligence, not your gut instincts.
David R. Correll