The blame game and national security

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Letter to the editor by Joseph Paterek

It's unfortunate that a few readers accuse others of memory loss while their own memories abound  with distortions and omissions intended to support their own political biases. What we do remember is that the deficit has quadrupled in the first two years of the current Washington Administration and,     now in its third year, we find our economy groaning under a national debt of over fourteen trillion dollars. As these conditions worsen, the meaning of the word “prosperity” is also rapidly shrinking from memory.
It would be so much better if we would stop assigning blame to unpopular government administrations of the past, force our leaders to take responsibility for what is happening now, and demand competent government, capable of working for the people and finding solutions that will save our free republic for the future.
And now, in the wake of  the death of Osama Bin Laden, we should stop our self-serving politicians from their divisive practices, such as class warfare, contempt for the Constitution, and blatant disregard for posterity. Never before in history has it been more necessary for us to unite and guard against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We must remember that the death of a leading terrorist does not mean the end of the war. A Nineteenth Century abolitionist, Wendell Phillips, said “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”
Joseph Paterek