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Your Views: Is electorate failing President Obama?

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November 19, 2013

Is it a failing president or is it a failing electorate?

Every four years we go through the process of electing someone to lead us. We elect this person because we believe he or she can lead us in the direction we should go. Then, we do everything we can to undermine those attempts to lead. At the same time, we elect a congressman who does what he can to make certain this president will fail.

News networks spend days dwelling on each imagined presidential failure, and pollsters show each succeeding decline in approval ratings.

Our president must keep in mind that many of the people who voted against him are hoping he will fail and are happy when he does. They don’t understand that if he fails we all fail. These same people are often informed by cable news, whose primary objective is to point out all of his failures and never report objectively on his accomplishments. We form our opinion of the president and then look for evidence to support it. And, lo and behold, we always seem to find it.

How many people who watch Fox News also watch MSNBC, or vice versa? How many who read The Wall Street Journal editorials also read The New York Times editorials? How many of us have made up our minds about Obamacare by accepting whatever the pundits say about it?

As Shakespeare said, “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.”

ED TIMMER

Janesville



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