Misfits and deviants who voted for Obama will rue the day
There has been a lot of talk about how Republicans need to change their ideology in order to reach out to Democrat voters. First, it should be understood that Romney lost the popular vote because staunch conservatives stayed home in protest on Election Day, not because Republicans took the wrong stance on women and Hispanics issues.
Today’s Democratic Party, the one that re-elected Obama, is comprised primarily of the following misfits and deviants: 1) bloodthirsty, predatory women who want the right to slaughter their preborn children at will; 2) Single women who want unbridled sex and government provided birth control; 3) homosexuals who want preferential treatment and acceptance of their immoral lifestyle; 4) dependent minorities who want their welfare checks, food stamps, Obama phones, etc.; 5) simple-minded union pawns who haven’t a clue and even less drive and ambition; and 6) atheists and secularists who want God removed from all aspects of government and society.
I’ve got breaking news for everyone: We don’t want these people. They are not people who can endure and survive the economic and societal collapse that is coming, one they just ensured through their votes for Obama. They are incapable of sustaining themselves after the collapse, and they will only be a burden on us as we set out to rebuild the nation.
In the aftermath, abortion will not save them. Birth control will not save them. Welfare will not save them. Sex will not save them. And a refusal or inability to think and act certainly will not save them. God could save them, but I doubt He will. I know that we won’t save them, and right now we don’t want them or need them.
Joseph K. Waltenbaugh, New Castle, Pa.
Maybe we need another pill
A few days before Thanks- giving I experienced an incident at a very busy and crowded local super market.
A woman with her shopping cart filled to the top with groceries pushed my shopping cart into me causing me to drop the box of pancake flour. I picked it up and put it in my cart thinking the woman would say she was sorry. Instead she glared at me as if I was the grinch that stole Christmas, and walked away saying “not to worry, no big deal.”
Driving home I wondered why some people were so rude. It made me think of all the pills and medicines people can purchase to lessen what ails them. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a pill that could give a person the loving, kind and giving spirit most people have with me?
To my 82-year-old brain, such a pill would not worry me, but I certainly would consider it a “big deal.”
Being aware that reality and wishful thinking do not always happen, I therefore wish a very merry, blessed Christmas and happy new year to one and all.
Mary Lou Jurina, Youngstown
Sometimes a sign is just a sign
What is the source of Ber- tram de Souza’s fascination with a hand-crafted sign made by a local volunteer that read, “IvoteGod.com,” or his stinging criticism of local Catholic leaders? The home-made sign was one of dozens of signs at the Mahoning County Republican Party headquarters in the weeks leading up to the November election. To read his two columns devoted to the topic, you might conclude that IvoteGod.com was the strategy behind Romney’s failed effort for the White House. De Souza wrote on Dec. 2, “. . . IVoteGod.com was a pillar of the GOP’s national campaign.” Actually, the sign was the work of a local volunteer and reflected the message of a website developed here in Youngstown. The website was first created some five years ago by a group of local Democrats.
When I first saw the sign, I thought about it for a moment and said, “why not?” After all, God is certainly welcome at our GOP office. The Democratic Party’s national platform, on the other hand, had all references to God removed.
The Romney effort was never a religious campaign, although it’s no secret the GOP attracts a majority of Christian conservatives. Rather the campaign was about returning America to basic principles of limited government, sound fiscal policy, and more reliance on market forces and individual responsibility as a way to solve our problems. It was a campaign first and foremost about jobs, our national debt and trillion dollar deficits. Some believe it was a campaign about saving America from a ruinous future.
Have a great Christmas season, excuse me ... holiday season.
Mark E. Munroe, Youngstown
The writer is chairman of the Mahoning County Republican Party.
Bishops follow a dangerous path
The American Catholic Church has become dangerously politicized as the recent presidential election has proved with crystal clarity. The Catholic bishops, those “gray-haired mostly white men,” as Bertram de Souza referred to them in his Nov. 18 column, were brazenly outspoken in their thinly veiled endorsement of Mr. Romney for president in both their public statements and episcopal letters read at Masses in parishes throughout the nation in the weeks leading up to the election.
Some prelates resorted to scare tactics in an effort to swing the vote to their candidate. Bishop Thomas Paprocki, of Springfield, Ill., for example, threatened that one who voted for the “wrong” candidate could be risking eternal salvation, while Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay advised his flock that a vote for the Democratic candidate could “put your soul in jeopardy.” Taking the prize for outrageous poor taste, however, was Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria, who claimed that President Obama was following a path similar to those taken by Hitler and Stalin.
And what did the men in purple accomplish for their misguided, ill-conceived efforts? From where I stand, nothing, except perhaps more divisiveness, alienation, bad press and a lot of facial egg. After all, Obamacare has been validated by the Supreme Court and President Obama is securely ensconced in the White House for four more years thanks to a landslide electoral vote and a healthy popular vote bolstered by a majority of Catholics, including 71 per cent of the Latinos.
The mitered men need to realize that, first, politics is not their forte. Second, their flocks are no longer of the pray, pay, and obey variety, but instead mature adults capable of making intelligent electoral decisions free of episcopal kibitzing.
Henry E. Miller, Youngstown
Nursing homes face challenges
Your Dec. 2-4 nursing homes series accurately portrayed the funding difficulties that many skilled nursing facilities face. Funding cuts create a challenge to delivering the quality care that residents deserve, yet Mahoning Valley LeadingAge Ohio member organizations all placed above the statewide average in state-administered resident satisfaction surveys, a testament to the quality, holistic care practiced by not-for-profit senior service providers.
In January, the Ohio General Assembly and Ohio Gov. John Kasich will begin working on the 2013-2014 biennial budget. A major component will be Medicaid funding, which is responsible for an average 43 percent of a long-term care facility’s funding. LeadingAge Ohio will again work with the state’s elected leaders to ensure our most vulnerable citizens have a voice in the process. I encourage all those with relatives in Ohio’s long-term care facilities, and those concerned about Ohio’s most vulnerable, to also register their concerns with their elected state officials.
John Alfano, Columbus
The writer is president & CEO of LeadingAge Ohio, a statewide advocate on behalf of more than 300 not-for-profit care providers and their residents.