Obama has quite a job ahead this summer, but I can think of no President more ready to take them on.

I have never seen one coping with both wars and such a frail economy and under such vicious attack as that being directed at him by the Republicans, tea party, or whatever they are.

Obama has been making considerable progress with both these major challenges and presumably will no longer play conciliatory games with the party of ‘no’. But I have never seen a major opposition party on the edge of ‘treason’ in critical national times, nor so ready to boldface lie and smear their opposition.

Unhappily our media all too often play along with the lies and smears, leaving a confused public trying to figure out what is true and what is false. The format of running brief excepts from both sides is a disgrace. And the latest appeals to violence are downright scary. We hear daily of the nut cases out there killing women and children. What will we do if they redirect these efforts to our political leaders? There are already some groups that want to replay the Civil War which cost us more lives than any other in our history. Needless to say there is no small appeal to racism at work here with whites feeling threatened by our numerous other ethnic and national groups. It is all too easy to blame affirmation action for the fact that one’s factory or small business has closed its doors. People are mislead by frequently repeated lies and smears!

We are off to a good start with medical reform and Obama’s trip to Afghanistan. In contrast the Republicans seem to have no competent leaders and their party may divide between supporting the public interest and sabotaging it. Let us hope that some of them try to do the former, but they may be driven out of office by their party saboteurs.

An interesting summer ahead, I fear. But let us hope for the best!

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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