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I read Colleen Hroncich's letter ("This Election Has Me Fearing for the Future," Nov. 9) with a mixture of amusement and exasperation. "For the first time," she writes, "I am terrified of what the future holds for my children." She adds that "every policy" of President Barack Obama "has made our country worse." I suppose that includes the equal pay act for her gender, appointing two stellar female justices to the Supreme Court and passing health care reform, which will insure 30 million more Americans, not to mention the policies that prevented a Great Depression and led to 51/2 million new jobs, the saving of the auto industry and a near doubling of the Dow. Oh, and the policies that led to the death of Osama bin Laden and the decimation of al-Qaida leadership.
"Nervous Nellies" have overreacted all through modern history when a Democrat was elected, including every Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt. Republicans in the 1930s couldn't even speak Roosevelt's name but referred to him as "that man" or just called him a Communist, though he goes down in history as one of our greatest presidents. In 1965 Ronald Reagan said that if Lyndon Johnson passed Medicare, American freedom would be ended in America. Yet America survived and prospered, bested the Soviet Union in the Cold War and ended up as the only superpower.
Ms. Hroncich's overreaction to Mr. Obama's re-election serves as a testament to a hideously perverse view of America, the one that was presented in the 47 percent video of Mitt Romney that sees half of Americans as moochers and takers.
First Published November 14, 2012 12:00 am