Monday Letters: Now is no time to be suing the president

08/18/2014 12:06 PM

08/18/2014 12:07 PM

I was disappointed by an Aug. 4 email from Joe Wilson indicating that he backs the House resolution to sue President Obama. This counter-productive enterprise will cost taxpayers money and will further distract Congress from performing its duty on normal tasks of running the government. This is particularly disconcerting given the fact that many of the alleged infractions are honorable actions performed with the best interests of the country in mind and required by congressional inaction of unprecedented duration and extent.

Apparently, Congressman Wilson cannot rise above base partisan politics to see beyond Washington. We are living in a time of the greatest global political unrest since World War II, with revolutions and uprisings in Ukraine, Syria, Egypt, Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan, and hunger and political unrest in much of Africa and Latin America. We are experiencing the worst environmental instabilities in the history of civilization, with unprecedented rates of species invasions, loss of biodiversity, pollution, land and marine degradation and threats to fundamental sustainable resources.

The president has extreme challenges that call for our support. This is a time when the American people need leadership and vision from our congressional delegates, not petty political strategizing.

Allan James


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