- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 23, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Even those of us who opposed Sen. Barack Obama during the recent election should be heartened by several aspects of the outcome. First, America has displayed irrefutably that it is not a racist nation.

Given this country’s historical struggles with race-based issues, this is something in which every American should rightfully take pride. Second, chances are slim that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will ever become president. Third, Americans want tax cuts and will elect politicians who campaign for them. (Let us hope these politicians implement actual tax cuts and not something else wrongly labeled as such.) Fourth, Republicans have an enormous incentive to improve themselves and their message. May they choose to do so by becoming more consistent, vocal and articulate defenders of robust, rational self-defense, capitalism and individual rights.

MARK KALINOWSKI

New York, N.Y.

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Recent articles in The Washington Times by Republican talking heads express the opinion that Republican candidates who lost are persona non grata. In essence, the losing candidates should be treated as wounded soldiers no longer fit for combat. If these talking heads are really Republicans, the Republicans have no need for enemies. Wouldn’t it be more practical and humane to bind up the wounded, thank them for their service, and restore them to active duty?

It is my opinion that there was enough nearsighted thinking leading up to and during the election to share blame among all associated with it. In my opinion, the Republican talking heads need to cease their open-mouth policy denigrating those who worked so hard and start working to restore unity in the party. Wouldn’t that be more helpful?

HARRY E. BUTTS

Leesburg, Va.

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