To the Editor: The Corsicana Daily Sun reported President Barack Obama’s second inauguration (Jan. 22 issue), where he called upon Americans as “one nation and one people” to unite together and embrace his liberal agenda.
I was somewhat amused to read that President Obama had not seen the bronze Martin Luther King Jr. bust, which has been displayed inside the U.S. Capitol Rotunda since 1986. The President should spend more time there, to work with Congress.
President Obama swore on two Bibles to execute the Constitution, but he considers both to be irrelevant. That Friday, Jan. 25, before the week was over, a D.C. Court of Appeals three-judge panel ruled against the President for seating four of his nominees whom the Senate had blocked: three to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and one to the Consumer Financial Bureau. This is a violation of the Constitution separation of powers. The President cannot make “recess” appointments when the Senate is not in recess.
Obama’s inaugural address was more like a campaign speech. Yet, after four years, his words must be matched with action. He said, “We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of healthcare and the size of our deficit.” In the past four years, spending has been out-of-control and America’s debt has skyrocketed. Four years and a $1.2 trillion stimulus bill, unemployment has grown from 7.3 percent to 7.8 percent. There is no bipartisan outreach in his speech, to get these accomplished in the second term.
Instead, it was wrong to link the homosexual civil rights movement to that of African-Americans. He mentioned the gay uprising at the Stonewall Inn of New York City’s Greenwich Village on June 28, 1969, as a watershed mark, within the same sentence as the Selma Al Pettus Bridge clash on March 7-9, 1965. If Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. heard that discrimination based upon the color of one’s skin was being compared to sexual sin, he would turn over in his grave.
Steven L. Jessup
‘Spilling doze count’
My subject is borrowed from a local contributor to the Sarasota Herald Tribune named Bob Parkinson.
Water Park woes
I’ve come to the realization that vacations are not a luxury, they’re a necessity.
Old, new, borrowed, blue
Dissection of notes found in the pocket of an old suit isn’t easy. Maybe they were scrawled during the lull in a wedding ceremony, or to jog my memory of a joke for later use.
Spam french fries
I saw a relatively disturbing video and article on Yahoo which touted making Spam French fires to go alongside your big old ground chuck burger. I just can’t imagine a basket full of these deep-fried cholesterol-loaded sticks, but there they were, bigger than Texas.
Dumb and dumber in the blotter
When it comes to dumb criminals, nothing beats the would-be gang of car burglars who tried to break into a car in Tampa, Florida, this past week.
‘Change’ — old "buzz word" shows up in our town
If you pay much attention when you’re driving around town lately (and I really hope that you do — pay attention, that is) you can’t help but admit we’ve seen some “change” as of late. And, contrary to the political connotations that word will forever carry with it now, that “change” we’re seeing is good.
Germany present and past
Last Sunday evening my wife and I stood on the balcony of our apartment in Nuremberg and watched as fireworks lit up the sky.
Where strawberries are king
In 1949, when Stilwell, Oklahoma’s “Strawberry Festival” was just one year old, crooners were applauded when they cut loose with Dear Hearts and Gentle People.
My TV is held hostage
Give me back my TV! The Sunday sports fare today is just pitiful as far as I am concerned. Over the past weeks, my normal sports programs has been rudely preempted by endless hours of Wimbledon tennis, the Tour de France, assorted motor sports, and the nauseating mega-million signing sagas of LeBron James and Carmello Anthony
Thoughts from abroad
So, with the generosity of Mastercard and warm encouragement of my friends who went with me, I went to Italy on vacation. Not Italy, Texas, the one in Europe.
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