Monday letters: Don’t neglect important issues

June 17, 2013 

Satan, as represented by John Milton’s Paradise Lost, sums up his new job description: “To do aught good will never be our task, But ever to do ill shall be our sole delight, As being contrary to his high will Whom we resist. If then his providence Out of our evil seek to bring forth good, Our labour must be to pervert that end, … so as perhaps Shall grieve him.”

I can’t bring Milton’s lines to mind without thinking of our political polarization and mindless gridlock.

I am an ex-Republican; I gave up sometime late-Nixon/early-Reagan, and since have become a disgusted cynic. I don’t care for President Obama; apparently our present flock of elected representation doesn’t either, but dissatisfaction (or hatred, a strong word in our Christian heritage) shouldn’t be the basis for a political stance.

We the people elected our representation to look out for our priorities and interests, that which would benefit America and South Carolina. Why not get to work and fix what is actually important to us? Medicaid expansion? Take the money now (we’ve already paid for it), and bow out in three years if it looks like a government shell game.

Benghazi? Under President Bush, there were 11 embassy attacks with 52 Americans killed, compared to two attacks and four killed on Obama’s watch. Where was the outrage and distraction then?

Gun control? Expanding background checks should have been a no-brainer, a move supported by a vast majority of voters in all sorts of polls. But Obama (“his high will”), wanted it: “Our labour must be to pervert that end, … so as perhaps shall grieve him.”

Ned Rowe

Little Mountain

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