- The Washington Times - Monday, June 9, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The American people have been promised “change” by the Democrats before (“McCain assails Obama’s record on change,” Page 1, Wednesday). When the 110th Congress took over, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi promised first to restore civility and bipartisanship. But how many partisan investigations have been initiated against the Republicans by the Democrats?

Second, Mrs. Pelosi also promised “the most ethical and open Congress in history,” but whom did she appoint to major posts, and how many closed-door sessions has she used as she has attempted to force legislation through the House?

Third, the Democrats have promised to work with the president on Iraq. How many impotent “making a statement” votes have been held on Iraq?

This type of change is not for the good of the American people. It is vectored directly to build the power of the Democratic Party. The American people seem to believe that the goal of the “audacity of hope” is achieved simply through consensus.

We are failing to hold our elected officials accountable - not only for their statements, but also for their actions. If this is the same “change” Barack Obama is promoting, you can bet we are reverting back to the dysfunctional multilateralist policies of the 1990s, which searched for legal excuses to avoid challenging our enemies and responded apathetically to terrorist threats. This ultimately led to the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

LARRY STONE

Agate, Colo.

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